February is not just the month of love, with Valentine’s Day, it is also American Heart Month and Black History Month!
- American Heart Month:
- American Heart Association offers multiple lesson plans for the K-8 classroom. There is even information for NFL Play 60 Challenge, encouraging students to get active for 60 minutes a day!
- Action for Healthy Kids also encourages physical activity in the classroom in the way of “brain breaks.” Additionally, they offer ideas for a “Healthy Fundraiser.”
- Black History Month:
- National Education Association provides K-12 lesson plans to integrate Black History Month into your classroom.
- Education World provides different resources for your class including an Internet Treasure Hunt, as well as Reader’s Theater scripts.
- Scholastic has different links to lesson plans, books and authors, as well as blog posts all focused on Black History Month.
In addition to American Heart and Black History Month, February also includes other engaging days to integrate into your curriculum.
- February 5th is National Weatherperson’s Day – encourage your students to make predictions about the weather, especially since Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Groundhog’s Day.
- February 7th is National Periodic Table Day – students can create a new Periodic Table, or even make a whole new one, whether it be characters from a story, or important people in your Social Studies unit.
- February 17th is National Random Acts of Kindness Day – create a culture of kindness in your classroom, or even school-wide!
- February 26th is National Tell a Fairy Tale Day – have students write their own fairy tale, or recreate their favorite!
Whatever you do during the month of February, share with us – we’d love to see pictures or hear about something you did that was successful with your students!