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Free February Unit Studies and Lessons

by | Dec 29, 2021 | curriculum, general homeschooling, holidays | 1 comment

Planning lessons around holidays, historical events, and seasonal themes can be a fun way to homeschool. It’s an excellent way for kids to learn about the world around them, including topics that aren’t usually covered in a textbook. Our family has enjoyed occasionally adding seasonal and holiday-themed lessons to our homeschool routine.

Below is a list of free unit studies, lesson plans, and activities for February. All of the holiday dates given are for 2023. Because the dates of some holidays vary, I will update this post each year. For other months, see this page.

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Black History Month (all February)

Black History Month is an annual celebration of African-American history and achievements.

American Heart Month (all February)

American Heart Month is a time to focus on cardiovascular health and learn about heart disease prevention.

National Children’s Dental Health Month (all February)

National Children’s Dental Health Month aims to promote the benefits of good oral health and help children develop good dental health habits.

National Snack Food Month (all February)

National Snack Food Month is a time to focus on healthy snacking.

National Wild Bird Feeding Month (all February)

National Bird Feeding Month is observed in February because it’s one of the most challenging months for birds to survive. People are encouraged to provide food, water, and shelter to wild birds in areas with cold temperatures and limited natural resources.

Responsible Pet Owners’ Month (all February)

Responsible Pet Owners’ Month is a time to learn about proper pet care and ensure your pet’s needs are being met.

Groundhog Day (February 2nd)

Groundhog Day is a popular tradition celebrated in the United States. According to legend, if a groundhog emerging from its burrow on this day sees its shadow, we will have six more weeks of winter. However, spring will arrive early if it does not see its shadow.

Elizabeth Blackwell’s Birthday (February 3rd)

Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States, was born on February 3, 1821.

Facebook Launched (February 4th)

Facebook was launched on February 4, 2004, by Mark Zuckerberg with fellow Harvard students. It was called TheFacebook at the time.

National Create a Vacuum Day (February 4th)

National Create a Vacuum Day is a day to learn about the science behind vacuums and create one. A vacuum is a space completely empty of matter.

Rosa Parks Day (February 4th)

Civil Rights hero, Rosa Parks, was born on February 4, 1913. On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, after refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger. Some states observe Rosa Parks Day on the anniversary of her arrest rather than her birthday.

Weatherperson’s Day (February 5th)

Weatherperson’s Day recognizes people in the fields of meteorology, weather forecasting, and broadcast meteorology, as well as volunteer storm spotters and observers. It is observed on the birthday of John Jeffries, one of the United States’ first weather observers.

Disaster Day (February 5th)

Disaster Day is a day set aside to learn about and prepare for natural disasters. Some people also remember and learn about other disasters throughout history like terrorist attacks, epidemics, shipwrecks, etc.

Massachusetts’s Statehood (February 6th)

Massachusetts became a state on February 6, 1788.

Laura Ingles Wilder’s Birthday (February 7th)

Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House on the Prairie series of children’s books, was born on February 7, 1867.

National Umbrella Day (February 10th)

National umbrella day honors the simple invention that protects its users from rain and provides shade.

National Inventors’ Day (February 11th)

National Inventors’ Day is a day set aside to honor the contributions of inventors throughout history. The date was chosen because Thomas Edison was born on February 11, 1847.

Judy Blume’s Birthday (February 12th)

Judith Blume, an American writer of children’s, young adult, and adult fiction, was born on February 12, 1938.

Valentine’s Day (February 14th)

On Valentine’s Day, people express their love for each other with cards and gifts. St. Valentine was a priest during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II banned soldiers from getting married, Valentine disagreed with him and continued to perform marriages. As a result, he was executed on February 14, 270 A.D.

National Ferris Wheel Day (February 14th)

National Ferris Wheel Day is set aside to remember the inventor of the Ferris wheel, George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. He was born on February 14, 1859. The first Ferris wheel debuted at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

Arizona’s Statehood (February 14th)

Arizona was admitted into the Union on February 14, 1912.

Oregon’s Statehood (February 14th)

Oregon became a state on February 14, 1859.

National Gumdrop Day (February 15th)

National Gumdrop Day is a great time to enjoy the chewy gelatin candy.

Susan B. Anthony’s Birthday (February 15th)

Susan B. Anthony, born on February 15, 1820, was an American women’s rights activist who played a valuable role in the women’s suffrage movement.

Random Acts of Kindness Day (February 17th)

Random Acts of Kindness (RAOK) Day was created to encourage kindness. Take time today to do something kind for someone you know or even a stranger.

Mister Roger’s Neighborhood Debuted (February 19th)

The first episode of the children’s show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood aired on National Educational Television on February 19, 1968.

President’s Day (February 20th)

On President’s Day, we honor our first President, George Washington, who was born on February 22, 1732. We also honor President Abraham Lincoln, who was born on February 12, 1809. President’s day is observed on the third Monday in February.

Washington Monument Dedicated (February 21st)

The Washington Monument was officially dedicated by President Chester Arthur on February 21, 1885. The monument was built to commemorate President George Washington and is located in the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Fat Tuesday / Mardi Gras (February 21st)

Fat Tuesday  / Mardi Gras is traditionally a day when Christians use up the foods or beverages they plan to abstain from during the season of Lent. In some places, Mardi Gras is a week-long festival. Fat Tuesday is also sometimes called Shrove Tuesday.

Pancake Day (February 21st)

Fat Tuesday is also known as Pancake Day in some parts of the world. Many Christians eat pancakes on this day because it’s the perfect food to eat before giving up fats, eggs, and sweets for the season of Lent.

Ash Wednesday (February 22nd)

Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, is observed in many Christian churches. The day gets its name from the blessing of the ashes taken after the burning of palm branches from the previous year’s Palm Sunday celebrations. In some churches, the ashes are used to draw a cross on people’s foreheads to mark the beginning of their Lent fast.

Lent (February 22nd to April 6th)

Lent is the 40 days (not including Sundays) from Ash Wednesday to the Saturday before Easter. It’s a time when Christians commemorate the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the desert. Many Christians fast from certain foods or choose something to give up during Lent.

National Dog Biscuit Day (February 23rd)

National Dog Biscuit Day is also observed around the world as International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day. Give your dog a biscuit today to celebrate.

International Polar Bear Day (February 27th)

International Polar Bear Day was created to raise awareness about polar bear issues.

Free February Unit Studies & Lessons

Have fun learning this February! I will add more unit studies and lessons next year. Be sure to pin this post so you can find it next February.

 

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