February Journal Prompts for the Shortest Month of the Year
Do you have your February journal prompts chosen and ready to go?
If not, I’ve got your back!
This is my regular monthly blog post with a current calendar of writing prompts for each month of the year.
All of the prompts are teacher curated (by me!) and kid friendly for elementary grades. Most of them have a video or website for giving background information. The links can be removed if you don’t want your students to have them. But you can still keep them on the teacher calendar and share them with the class under your supervision.
I love these prompts because they cover such a wide range of areas, from biography and history, to geography, to science, to art, to music, and to just plain fun.
February may be the shortest month of the year, but it’s jam-packed with choice writing prompts. These will be sure to start some terrific conversations that build classroom community and kick-start your daily writing practice.
One fun thing to do is to have students share what they’ve written at the end of each week. Working in groups or as a class, students can choose their favorite topic from the week and share what they wrote about it. Talking about these journal prompts is perfect for circle time or carpet time.
Let’s dive into the February Journal Prompts!
States and Geography
One thing I love about using these writing prompts is that each month, there are four or more state days. This means you could have a resource for state research reports. You could even have students choose one each month to do a report or presentation.
- February 2 National Texas Day
- February 12 National Georgia Day
- February 15 National Wisconsin Day
- February 22 National California Day
Every month has writing prompts for science in different areas. Some months are heavy on life science, other months are heavy on physical science. This month is a mix of several. Here are four of the journal prompts from the national days calendars.
- February 5 Western Monarch Day
- February 7 National Periodic Table of the Elements Day
- February 18 World Pluto Day
- February 24 Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
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History and Social Studies and Biography
We celebrate Rosa Parks two times each year. Rosa Parks day is later in the year, and her birthday is a great day to get to know a little more about her. With Lincoln’s birthday and Presidents Day, you have some wonderful prompts for biographies of important people.
- February 4 Rosa Parks’ Birthday
- February 11 Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday
- February 21 Presidents day
Other Important February Dates to Remember
Groundhog Day and National Texas Day both fall on February 2 this year. You can do one, or do both on the same or different days.
- February 2 Groundhog Day
- February 5 Chinese New Year ends with the Lantern Festival
- February 14 Valentine’s Day
- February 25 International Stand Up to Bullying Day
Even though International Stand Up to Bullying Day is only one day in February, it’s important enough to stretch out into a month of lessons. It comes around again in October for a month-long observance. It takes a whole lot of talking, class meetings, and lessons to build students into upstanders who are brave enough to stand up to a bully.
For Valentine’s Day, I have a bundle of reading, writing and math games for you. It includes bingo, domino multiplication, heart shaped letter writing, and task cards for Valentine writing prompts!
I also have couple of Sweet History products for you to check out.
Sweet History of Conversation Candy Hearts is all about the iconic Valentine’s Day candy. It’s a week-long reading and writing packet with a little paper craft for making your own conversation hearts. If you start it at the beginning of February, students could even use the candy heart paper craft as their valentines for classmates!
Sweet History of Fortune Cookies Origins is another full week reading, vocabulary, writing passage with two videos. It also has an easy paper craft for kids to make a fortune cookie out of paper! Check out the paper fortune cookie activity video here.
Finally, I have a Valentine’s Day Writing Prompts packet that will make a cute bulletin board that’s easy to put together. With heart shaped paper or Valentine themed rectangular paper, your students can choose from 16 different prompts in four writing genres.
National Month Observances
Black History Month and Children’s Dental Health Month are in February.
There are so many resources available for Black History Month and I know you’ll have so many activities to share with your students. The February Writing Prompts Journal includes a website about the history and significance of this day. There just isn’t enough room in this one resource to cover the importance of this observance. I know you’ll have even more to do with them.
This would be a terrific time to have a guest speaker in your classroom from a local dental clinic. They can do a presentation to the students about brushing, flossing, and good dental health.
Although it’s not on my calendar, at the end of February, it’s National Tooth Fairy Day. That always makes a fun writing prompt. What does the Tooth Fairy do with all the teeth? Where does the Tooth Fairy get all the money to give to kids?
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Take advantage of all these fabulous writing prompts by grabbing your copy of the February Writing Prompts. It comes in digital and printable formats and includes links to the videos and websites to deepen your students’ writing experiences.
More February Journal Prompts with Extra Crafts and Activities to Round Out the Month
Definitely check out these wonderful activities and February resources from Happy Hive Homeschooling.
She has an activity packet and a freebie door hanger for National Tooth Fairy Day! Super cute!
She also has task cards for a February Lego Challenge.
Finally, since February is a month of showing kindness to those we love, you might enjoy the free 30 Days of Kindness printable. It’s a calendar full of ideas for showing kindness all month long.
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