13 Pages
Science, Seasonal, Earth Science
6th, 7th, 8th
Resource Type
Activities, Printables, Projects
Common Core English Language Arts Standards, Next Generation Science Standards


Are you ready to make the most of this special leap month THIS February?

Explore the science, history, and math of leap years with our comprehensive Leap Year Exploration Activity Pack, thoughtfully crafted for middle school classrooms.

Whether you're celebrating this February 29th or seeking a versatile learning resource to teach about leap years, this pack is your go-to solution!

Featuring FIVE engaging and interdisciplinary activities, you'll dive into the complexities of leap years while having fun along the way.

Keep reading to discover all this activity pack has to offer!

๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŒž What's Included:

๐Ÿ“ฐ๐Ÿ“… Article & Question Set:

โ€ข Begin your leap year exploration with an in-depth article that explains the history and science behind the need for a leap day every four years.

โ€ข From leap year math rules to fun facts and famous leaplings, students will gain foundational knowledge about leap year in multiple contexts.

โ€ข Millennial teachers - You'll want to take a minute to discuss one of the famous leaplings included!

โ€ข Assess learning with the companion comprehension question sheet - answer key included!

๐Ÿงฎโž— Leap into Math Challenges:

โ€ข Put your students' math skills to the test with our Leap Year Math Challenge!

โ€ข Apply the rules of leap days to solve problems and answer questions.

โ€ข Questions are based in real-world contexts, including determining the next leap year they will become an eligible voter, leapling birthday party woes and more!

โ€ข Two versions are included: one with some guidance (Version A), and one for expert problem-solvers seeking an extra challenge (Version B).

๐Ÿ”Ž๐Ÿ“ฐ Word Games for Leap Day Fun:

โ€ข Add some excitement to your leap day festivities with our included word games.

โ€ข Choose from a fun word search or the more challenging crossword puzzle, perfect for students at all levels of familiarity with leap year vocabulary.

โ€ข Both the crossword puzzle and word search include word banks (because we all know that spelling has been growing area of struggle in classrooms!) - easily cover the word banks with a sticky note prior to making copies if you wish to provide an extra challenge.

๐ŸŒŒ๐Ÿ”ญ Comprehensive Glossary:

โ€ข Navigate the complexities of leap year science and history with ease using our comprehensive glossary.

โ€ข Explore terms related to Earth-sun relationships, such as orbit, solstice, and revolution, as well as historical terms like Gregorian and Julian calendars.

โ€ข Use as a companion resource to the article and question set, word games, or project extension (see below).

๐Ÿ’ป๐ŸŽจ Extend Learning with Projects and Research:

โ€ข Take learning to the next level with our project and research extension activity.

โ€ข Choose from three prompts for additional research or three project ideas for your creative students.

โ€ข ๐Ÿ’ป Research Prompts: Explore fascinating topics such as the Mayan or Chinese calendars, and uncover the reasons behind the choice of February 29th as leap day.

โ€ข ๐ŸŽจ Project Ideas: Spark creativity with project prompts like designing a poster that showcases Earth's orbit around the sun, creating a leap day holiday complete with on-theme traditions, food, decorations, and activities, and more!

โ€ข Great for early finishers, sub plans, and independent study!

โ˜„๏ธ BONUS! Group Work Expectations Poster:

โ€ข Reusable poster that reinforces expectations for working in groups.

โ€ข Keep a large version posted year-round!

โ€ข You will LOVE the convenience of saying "'O' is for...?" and hearing your class remind themselves aloud with "On task at all times!"

โœ”๏ธ Versatile and Timeless Resource:

โ€ข While this year is a leap year, our activity pack is designed for use anytime, anywhere.

โ€ข Works as a great supplement for units on Earth-moon-sun relationships (NGSS MS standard on Space Systems) or can be used as sub plans for any subject area.

โ€ข Made with middle schoolers in mind, this resource ensures that every leap year opportunity is seized for meaningful and memorable classroom connections.

โ€ข Plus, with five activities included, you'll have plenty of options to keep students engaged and inspired!

๐ŸŒŒ๐Ÿ“… Seize This Leap Year Opportunity!

Don't let this rare opportunity pass your students by!

Grab our Leap Year Exploration Activity Pack today and connect classroom learning to the real world in an unforgettable way.

Leap into Learning this Leap Year and Beyond!

๐Ÿ”Ž Check out the previews above for an inside look!

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