Let’s dive into February journal prompts from the calendars of national and international days. All are kid friendly and teacher curated so they’re age-appropriate for upper elementary students.

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We get to enjoy an extra day in February this year, which means one extra writing prompt. Do you know what people born on February 29th are called? Hint: It’s not Leaping Lizards! Your students probably don’t know, unless they happen to be one of those extremely lucky people born on a Leap Day. There are actually three names, but I don’t know which one I like the best.

If you’re looking for writing prompts for 3rd graders, 4th graders, or 5th graders, these are teacher tested in those three grades. Naturally curious students love learning about the unique things celebrated each day of the year. At the end of this post, you’ll find a special escape room activity for the once every four years Leap Day on February 29th.

 

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This post, February Writing Prompts for the Shortest Day of the Year was most recently updated on Jan 21, 2024.

What’s Happening in February?

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. I love these prompts (and my students did, too,) 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. Sharing a video or website about each topic engages students, so in these writing prompts journals, I always include a page of links for the teacher to use.

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 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. Even though everyone has the same writing prompts, their responses in their journals can be quite different.

Are you ready to dive into the February Writing Prompts and see what you can plan to do this month?

States and Geography Writing Prompts

One thing I love about using these writing prompts is that each month, there are four or more state days. This means you have a built-in resource for state research reports. Over a year, all the states are covered. You could have students choose one each month to do a report or presentation.

Journal Writing in Science

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.

 

The monarch migration from Mexico through the United States and into Canada and back again is an amazing feat of nature. Here in California, we’re lucky to be able to see the monarchs resting as they overwinter in the eucalyptus trees in Pacific Grove during their annual migration. It’s so intriguing that it’s worth a more in depth study with your class. This Migration of Monarch Butterflies and Life Cycle Close Reading and Writing resource is written especially for upper elementary NGSS life science standards. This packet delves into the feeding habits, life cycle, predatorial protections, and of course the migration route. It’s a perfect complement to use during the week of Western Monarch Day.

History and Social Studies and Biography

We celebrate Rosa Parks tDay on her birthday, the 4th of February. Some states move it to the Monday following her birthday if it falls on a weekend. Her birthday is a great day to introduce her story and 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.

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Other Important February Dates to Remember

Groundhog Day falls on February 2 each year. In addition to this one journal prompt, you can extend the learning about Punxsutawney Phil with this reading comprehension color by code for Groundhog 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.

Activities for Valentine’s Day

 

Some of these are included in bundles, which makes it easy for you to grab everything all in one go.

Sweet History of Conversation Candy Hearts is about the iconic Valentine’s Day candy we all grew up with. 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!

 

The Valentine’s Day Writing Prompts packet pictured below makes into 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. Make it an eye-catching display by printing it on pastel or neon pink paper.

 

February 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 many activities to share with your students. There isn’t enough room in this one blog post to cover the importance of this observance. I know you’ll have plenty of activities to celebrate Black History Month.

Do you know anyone who works in the dental profession? You could invite a guest speaker into 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 included in this month of writing prompts, 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? Wouldn’t that make a fun story starter?

Happy Hive Homeschooling has an activity packet and a freebie door hanger for National Tooth Fairy Day! It’s super cute!

Take advantage of all these fabulous writing prompts by grabbing your copy of the February Daily Writing Prompts. It comes in digital and printable formats and includes links to the videos and websites to deepen your students’ writing experiences.

 

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February STEM Lego Challenge Plus Extra Crafts and Activities 

Definitely check out these wonderful activities and February resources from Happy Hive Homeschooling.

She has task cards for a February Lego Challenge.

Her Mount Rushmore Craft would be perfect for Presidents Day.

Finally, since February is a month of showing kindness to those we love, (think hearts here) you might enjoy the free 30 Days of Kindness printable. It’s a calendar full of ideas for showing kindness all month long. 

 

What Do They Call People Born On Leap Year Day?

If you’re one of the lucky people to have such a rare birthday, you’re a leapling, a leapster, and a leaper! This is the year to have a bigger party than normal, since you can actually celebrate it on the 29th.

While I was learning about leap year, I discovered a thing called the Leap Year Bug. It’s a real thing, people. It’s a computer programming glitch in which a program or app doesn’t account for February 29th, and instead leaps over the date. In that case, all the subsequent dates are incorrect.

I couldn’t resist. I had to create an escape room based on this idea. It was just too good to pass up.

Who Hacked Leap Year?

In the Who Hacked Leap Year? Escape Room, your students will have to read informational text passages and solve clues to discover how February 29th was dropped from the calendar, and how they can put the date back on it.

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Leap Year Escape Room for upper elementary students.

 

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