7 Time-Saving Resources for February
Who’s ready to start planning February lessons?! February is a short month, with a lot going on! We’ve got Groundhog Day, Black History Month, Presidents’ Day, Dental Health Month, and Valentine’s Day all in the shortest month of the year. There are plenty of ways to engage students while working on fun learning activities in February. If you’re looking to maximize your prep time while planning meaningful activities, you’re in the right place! Come along as I share some of my favorite, time-saving resources for February!
1. February Morning Work
First up, let’s talk about morning work. Do you have a morning routine that you use in your classroom? Deciding on some daily tasks that your students will complete first thing, every day is a great way to calm that morning chaos. In my classroom, I was always a fan of using morning work pages that spiral through common ELA and math standards. Depending on my classroom needs I would use either printable or digital morning work activities.
In February, my morning work pages feature fun Valentine’s Day-themed clipart to add some seasonal flair. The daily pages use a simple, predictable pattern to help students become independent. The activities spiral through skills like fact families, true/false equations, data and tally tables, comma usage, ABC order, as well as correct verb tense usage. This variety of both math and ELA concepts makes for a great way to start the day.
These morning work pages are available in both printable and digital options. Even if I used the printable pages with my students I loved having the digital version too. The digital version is so easy to project and review together. I have also used it for technology centers and whole group review.
2. February No Prep Pages
Do you ever find yourself needing a few activities to fill the gaps in your lesson plan?
I remember that feeling well. My struggle was to find low-prep activities that weren’t just “fluff” and actually helped my students practice the things we were working on in the classroom.
That’s how my No-Prep Monthly Printables came to be! Each pack is filled with a variety of skills-based practice that reinforces the skills we have been learning. Sometimes students just need some extra practice. These No Prep Pages are perfect for reviewing those important skills in a fun way!
These fun printables have a Valentine’s Day theme to them that students love. They’re perfect for centers, morning work, transitional work (right after recess or lunch), or anytime you need a quick and meaningful review activity!
3. Valentine’s Day Centers
I love celebrating holidays in the classroom, and Valentine’s Day is one of my favorites! We use Valentine’s Day-themed activities throughout the month of February during center time. The Valentine’s Day Math and Literacy Centers cover a variety of important topics with fun activities like:
- Poetry Flip Book
- Synonyms Literacy Center
- Valentine’s Day Color By Code
- Valentine’s Day Data (Spin, Tally, Graph, and Interpret)
- Valentine’s Day Sentence Corrections Literacy Center Activity
- Opinion Writing Friendly Letter
- Valentine’s Day Word Searches
- Cute Crown Valentine’s Craft (perfect activity for your Valentine’s Day party!)
Students tend to think any activities with a holiday theme are more fun, so I definitely used that to my advantage through the years. I loved that students were able to work on important concepts in a way that was appealing and different from the norm.
Another great thing about these Valentine’s Day centers is that they come in both printable and digital options. I love that we can use the printable activities during centers and small groups and then revisit the activities later during technology centers.
4. Color By Code Activities
Color-by-Code is another great way to practice important skills without prepping a ton of materials.
My Valentine’s Day Addition and Subtraction pages are perfect for February! These printables focus on addition and subtraction facts within 10.
All of the pages feature cute, Valentine’s Day images, which the students always love.
And if you’d like to get some extra sight word practice in, these Valentine’s Day Sight Word pages and these Groundhog Day Sight Word pages are the perfect, low-prep option. Students will love practicing Fry’s First 100 Words with these cute pages.
Color-by-code pages are great for centers, independent work time, homework, early finishers, and more! If you’d like to try a FREE Color by Sight Word resource, be sure to subscribe to my FREEBIE library. Upon signing up you’ll receive free color-by-code activities for celebrating the 100th Day of School! In addition, you’ll be granted access to my subscriber-only freebie library where you can snag all kinds of fabulous goodies!
5. LoW Prep February Centers
Love center activities but looking for a lower prep option? My February Low-Prep Centers are JUST the thing. These February center activities offer a “print-and-go” center option that you can easily add to your center rotation without a lot of fuss. This resource includes 6 ELA and 6 math centers that are perfect for 1st-grade students. Some of the skills covered in the activities include:
- Valentine’s Day Counting Coins Task Cards
- Valentine’s Day Math Bump Game
- Dental Health Math Bump Game
- Valentine’s Day Math Board Game
- Groundhog Day Mystery Picture Puzzle
- President’s Day Mystery Picture Puzzle
- February fun word searches
- Groundhog Day Task Cards
- and MORE!
Using low-prep centers is a way to allow children to work on hands-on activities without having to worry about cutting out and prepping a bunch of tiny pieces. By adding time-saving centers to your rotation, you’ll be able to quickly and easily plan February math and ELA centers that students will LOVE!
6. Valentine’s Day BINGO
Do you have a class Valentine’s Day party? Valentine’s Day BINGO is the BEST party game! Classroom parties in the primary grades can get a little hectic, so I always tried to make sure we had a few fun games planned to keep the kiddos focused on an activity. BINGO games are always my favorite because they are simple to prep and easy for first-graders to play.
The Valentine’s Day BINGO set we use focuses on vocabulary words that are perfect for the month of February.
The game uses fun, seasonal words like rainbow, candy, heart, and cupcake.
The students love BINGO and it makes for a fun way to practice word recognition and expand vocabulary.
There’s also an option for both color and black and white cards. Use the black and white version with BINGO daubers or the color version with BINGO markers to best suit your class.
7. Presidents’ Day Centers for February
We can’t forget about Presidents’ Day, right? I loved teaching students about U.S. Presidents and what this holiday means. It’s a fun shift from the usual lessons and with Print and Digital Presidents’ Day Centers, it’s easy to incorporate into the daily routine. Since these activities come in both digital and printable options, they can easily be used for whole-group teaching or center time. Some of the fun things covered in this resource include:
- Presidents’ Day Reference Poster
- Key Vocabulary Cards
- Informational Little Books about Presidents’ Day
- Informational Slides
- Comprehension Questions Presidents’ Day Worksheets
- Presidents’ Day Graphic Organizers
- Presidents’ Day Spin, Tally, & Graph
- Presidents’ Day Word Searches
- and more!
The informational slides, reference posters, and little books are a great way to introduce this topic to your students before you begin working on all of the fun activities. These lessons are great spread out over a few days leading up to Presidents’ Day weekend. You can use the comprehension questions at the middle and end of your study to check in on student comprehension and make sure your kids are grasping the material.
Start Planning Your February Lessons
I hope you’re feeling inspired to start planning your own February lessons! It’s a short month, with lots of fun topics to cover, so this one is usually a snap to plan! If you’d like to take a closer look at any of these February resources, be sure to swing by my TpT Shop!
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