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What’s the Plan for February?

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February is one of my absolute favorite months in the classroom! However, like many schools, we have a shortened month because of “Ski Week!” So, there are LOTS of things to fit in during the few short days we actually have to teach! I’ve rounded up some of my favorite ideas and books for the month to share!

What's the Plan For February Lucky to be in First Blog

Groundhog Day Lucky to Be in First

First things first. Groundhog Day always bites me on the nose it comes around so quickly! I shared a super quick, adorable and FREE craft last week! You can snag it {HERE}

Groundhog Day Freebie Craft Lucky to Be in First

If you are really ambitious, you can whip up these adorable Groundhog Day cupcakes from Bakerella! C’mon…how stinkin’ cute are these?

Two of my favorite books for Groundhog Day are Groundhog’s Day Off & Groundhog Weather School {which mixes facts about groundhogs and weather into the book!}Groundhog Day Books Lucky to Be in First

Presidents' Day Lucky to Be in First

There is so much fun stuff to do for Presidents’ Day! Last year, we made these awesome Washington Heads. I try to make these at the beginning of the month so they can hang up for a long time!

George Washington Presidents Day Lucky to be in First

To weave in a little math, we make a timeline for Lincoln’s life! Lincoln Presidents Day Lucky to Be in First

I love these videos from Scholastic Presidents! Click the picture to find the video on their website!

And check out these A-MAZING pennies the incredible Kathy from Art Projects for Kids made.  I had the pleasure of meeting this lovely lady at the PK1 Conference a few weeks ago and I kinda got starstruck! She’s the best at breaking art down for untalented people like me! Penny Painting Art Projects for Kids

She also created a quarter version.  Seriously…too cute! And the directions really are so easy to follow!

quarter art project for kids

Just Like Lincoln is MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE book! It’s hard to find, but if you can score one from a second-hand seller, get it! George Washington’s Teeth is a silly {but true!} story about the terrible teeth of our first president! It ties nicely into Dental Health Month, too! And I love U.S. Presidents Oval Office All Stars because it gives a very simple non-fiction blurb for each President.Presidents Day Books Lucky to Be in First

Valentines Day Lucky to Be in First

Love is certainly in the air, right? As an adult, I’m not into Valentine’s Day, but I absolutely LOVE to celebrate it in the classroom! The art projects are adorable, the books are fantastic, and the learning ideas you can roll into this theme are endless! Here’s a peek at a few of my favorites!

A quick and easy center to set up are these Phonics mailboxes! The Target Dollar Spot has these adorable little boxes for kids to sort sounds.  You can grab this phonics FREEBIE over on TpT!

Phonics Mail Lucky to Be in First 3

I’ve included a math version in my Stop in the Name of Love Unit!

Phonics Mail Lucky to Be in First

Conversation hearts are always a big winner in February, too!

Conversation Hearts Lucky to Be in First

We use these tiny little boxes of conversation hearts for math and science explorations! So fun! You can grab these activities in Stop in the Name of Love unit, too!

Conversation Hearts 2 Lucky to Be in First

And we’ll be making these fun iPods to hold our valentines this year! You can snag the FREEBIES to make these iLove playlists HERE! To make, just wrap a piece of construction paper around a cereal box!

iLove Valentines Day Lucy to Be in First

One of my absolute favorite activities in the classroom for February comes from The Teacher Wife’s unit. Students write compliments & kind notes to each other! I always love to read the sweet words they write for each other!

Valentine Day Idea Lucky to Be in First

“I heart you…Do you heart me?”
“I think you are beautiful”
   Seriously first graders are the sweetest!
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How can I choose just a few of my favorite books for Valentine’s Day? The Day It Rained Hearts is such a great book about friendship! A Crankenstein Valentine is a cute story about someone who doesn’t love Valentine’s Day! And my new favorite book for this holiday is Eve Bunting’s latest, Mr. Goat’s Valentine about a goat who takes his time selecting gifts for friends!
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100th Day of School Lucky to Be in First
This year I’m keeping things simple for the 100th Day {since it also coincides with Chinese New Year at our school, too!}
Hidden Hundreds Pictures are always a hit! I can’t believe how artistic kids can be when you allow them to be!
Hidden 100s Lucky to Be in First
For writing, we’ll do “When I am 100” writing and use the Aging Booth App to make those little 6 & 7 year olds look a little bit older and wiser!
When I am 100 Lucky to Be in First
You can snag both of the FREEBIES for these two activities HERE!
And we’ll also do a few pages from my Hooray for 100 pack!
100th Day Preview Lucky to Be in First
Not gonna lie…there are very few good books out there for 100th Day! So, this year I mixed up my collection a bit and bought a few new ones! Disaster on the 100th Day is a spin on bringing a collection to school! And I love 100 Days of Cool {although it’s not a new book – it’s just new to my classroom!} I love the MathStart series of books and this one does not disappoint!
100th Day of School Books Lucky to Be in First
 I hope you have a fabulous February!
Slainte!
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