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Presidents’ Day Activities for the Classroom

For this Presidents’ Day, observed February 17, celebrate the lives of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, their contributions to the United States, and the lives and contributions of all our 45 Presidents.

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Ten Free Things for Valentine’s Day

  1. Valentine’s Day Coloring Pages & Bingo Sheets
    Valentine-themed cards, coloring pages, and 10 different Bingo games! (Grades K-3)
  2. Free printable Valentine’s Day Coloring Pages
    Add a little color to Valentine’s Day with our free coloring pages—for kids and adults!
    (Grades K-3)
  3. Heart Bookmark
    Make a bookmark template with card stock and Valentine bookmarks from decorative paper. (Grades 2-4)
  4. The Story of St. Valentine (PDF icon PDF,  22 KB, 4 pgs.)
    The legend of St. Valentine with reading comprehension questions and a brief essay assignment. (Grades 3-5)
  5. Crayon Hearts
    Make Valentine hearts to hang in a window with wax paper, crayons, and an iron. (Grades 4-6)
  6. Valentine’s Day
    An archive of art activities. (Grades K-12)
  7. How To Make A Heart-Shaped Garland
    Festoon your classroom with a Valentine’s Day garland. (Grades 6-8)
  8. DIY Double Knot Bracelet
    An instructional video. (3:44)  (Grades K-12)
  9. Valentine’s Day Facts: Gifts, History, and Love Science
    A brief history of Valentine’s Day from its less than tender beginnings in Ancient Rome to the big business it has become. (Grades 6-12)
  10. Valentine’s Day
    Twelve short videos on the history of Valentine’s Day; chocolate; the science of attraction, kissing and love; and, more. (Grades 10-12)

Bonus

  1. St Valentine’s Day Massacre (17:53)
    The History Detectives investigate a shotgun possibly used at the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. This episode looks at the contributions of one of the pioneers of ballistic science and includes additional video on weapons dating and ballistics. (Grades 6-12)

Celebrate the 100th Day of School

The 100th day of school is fast approaching. It generally falls in early February in Connecticut, though of course that depends on when your school year started and how many snow days you’ve had.

Whenever it happens in your school, here are 10 activities, resources, and suggestions from NEA to help your elementary students get excited about mathematics! Read more

Black History Month Lessons and Resources

Photo by LizMarie_AK via Flickr.

To help you integrate Black History Month into your classroom, NEA offers a selection of lesson plans that cover a variety of subjects and that can be adapted to fit multiple grade levels.

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Groundhog Day for the Classroom

On February 2, Punxsutawney Phil will see or not see his shadow. Explore light and shadow in math, science, and art lessons and have fun with the following collection of groundhog games and activities.

Lesson Plans

Sky 2: Shadows
Students in grades K-2 investigate shadows by discussing stories and manipulating shadows.

What Makes Shadows? Observing and Drawing Shadows
Students in grades 1-3 observe and draw the shadow of a classmate, and in an extension activity, they observe and discuss shadows changing over time.

Light and shadows
Students in grades K-4 discover that light travels from a source and that shadows are formed when an object blocks light. Read more

Classroom Resources for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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Photo by Satomi Ichimura via Flickr.

Help students put in perspective Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, his impact on the Civil Rights Movement, and his significance to American culture and history.

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Winter-Themed Classroom Resources

Winter doesn’t officially begin until December 21, but with many schools facing their first snow day(s) this week, the season feels like it’s already here. These lessons, activities, and other resources help students develop an understanding of the mechanisms that bring about seasonal changes and how animals have adapted to them.

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December Holidays Lessons & Resources

Celebrate the holiday season and learn how others celebrate with these lessons and resources for Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Years, and more.

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Parent–Teacher Conferences Coming Up?

No matter what side of the desk you’re on, parent-teacher conferences can be stressful.

Make the most of this opportunity to lay the groundwork for productive relationships that will benefit your students, their families, and you. Here are some top tips and other great resources to help you prepare for parent-teacher conferences, get more parents to attend, and enlist students as partners in the process.

Thanksgiving Ideas for the Classroom

Celebrate the Thanksgiving season in the classroom and at home with lessons, quizzes, activities, games, trivia, books, and movies.

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