Free Classroom Resources for Celebrating February Holidays
February may be the shortest month of the year, but it packs a punch when it comes to holidays. Here are some free, creative ways educators can celebrate February holidays in the classroom.
Black History Month Classroom Resources
Black History Month provides a wonderful opportunity for educators to teach their students about the pivotal role Black Americans have played in U.S. history. To help celebrate Black History Month in the classroom, we prepared a Black History Month Classroom Resources toolkit filled with fun activities and resources your students will love.
Educators can also explore and share stories about the prominent Black Americans and inspiring Black inventors that we honor this month.
CTE Month Classroom Resources
Career and Technical Education month raises awareness for the role CTE has in readying students for college and career success.
Finding opportunities for career exploration in earlier grades is growing in popularity, so we put together a list of books for younger students that will help them build background knowledge and serve as inspiration. These titles are also great additions to a classroom library.
When I Grow Up by Al Yankovic
National treasure, Weird Al, uses “When I Grow Up” to teach kids to bring their imagination to the world of work. There are careers that exist today that didn’t 50 years ago, so though Billy’s ideas get sillier as the pages turn, the message is why not let kids explore the variety of careers they come up with when answering the question, “What do I want to be when I grow up?”
What Do You Do With An Idea by Kobi Yamada
“What Do You Do With An Idea” is written for those of us with big ideas. It follows one child with a brilliant idea and the child helps brings it to the world. This story inspires readers to welcome their ideas, give it space to grow, and see what happens next.
Career Day by Anne Rockwell
On Career Day in Mrs. Madoff’s class, the students take turns introducing special visitors. Every visitor has something interesting to share, and together the class learns all about the different jobs people do.
Who Will I Be by Abby Huntsman
Every young person gets asked, ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’ When Isabel is asked this question, she doesn’t know. In “Who Will I Be”, you follow Isabel as she explores the value of service and the power of giving back to your community.
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
There is a reason “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” is such a popular gift to anyone celebrating a major milestone. The inspiring and timeless message encourages readers to find the success that lies within, no matter what challenges they face.
What Do People Do All Day? By Richard Scarry
In the classic “What Do People Do All Day?”, we go to Busytown and find out what everyone gets up to all day. Full of fun and adventure, this classic picture book will keep the attention of little readers as they find out how everyone from construction workers to doctors help Busytown run smoothly.
Safer Internet Day – February 6, 2024
It’s safe to say we’ve all probably spent a little more time on the internet than we have in years past, so observing Safer Internet Day is a solid choice with students this month.
Safer Internet Day aims to help make the world wide web a safer and more secure place for everyone, especially children and young people. With Edmentum’s Safer Internet Day Classroom Resources, you and your students can learn about and discuss how to keep safe when using the Internet with engaging activities, fact sheets, critical thinking questions, and a fun poster.
President’s Day – February 19, 2024
On the third Monday of February, the United States observes Presidents’ Day, which stands to honor the life and legacy of our nation’s first president, George Washington (though his real birthday was February 22).
Explore the interesting origins of this unique holiday with your students with the help of our Presidents’ Day Classroom Resources. This pack includes fact sheets, critical thinking questions, and activities that will get your students thinking about the legacies of some of our nation’s most influential leaders.
Send Virtual Valentines with Edmentum’s Gratitude Cards
Whether your classroom partakes in Valentine’s Day celebrations or not, it’s always a good time to spread some joy by recognizing your hard-working students and colleagues with Edmentum’s Gratitude Cards.
These fun and meaningful cards are full of clever and creative sayings that will make anyone who receives them know that they are appreciated. Print them and send them in the mail, screen shot them and send them digitally, or find a new and creative way to share them. These can be assembled in a variety of different card sets, from teacher to students, teacher to teacher, and administrator to teacher.
Edmentum Organization & Wellness Planners
Staying organized is crucial to finishing out the end of the school year strong. That’s why Edmentum created these downloadable and printable Organization & Wellness Planners.
These are designed to help make planning a breeze for instructors, students, and families. We have some recommendations for how these can be used in different roles, but the beauty of these sheets is that you can be creative and use them however necessary to stay on top of your goals.
Additional Seasonal Resources
For additional resources to get rolling this year, we collected our most useful tools with our Test Prep Toolkit to help you discover blind spots and prepare students to successfully show what they know on assessments.
This blog was originally published January 2021 and has been updated.