One of the first things that come to my mind when I think of leaping is a frog, so I decided to design a few things for Leap Day with a frog theme. Hopefully this will give you some more ideas so that you can share them with your fellow teachers, so that you can each provide a lesson for your "Leap from room-to-room" Leap Day!
Run off duplicate sets of these frog cards and laminate them to make a variety of Leap Day activities.
Play Leapin’ Letters: Print the upper and lowercase letter cards on two different shades of green construction paper to make playing a Memory Match game easier.
Students pick a partner and flip over an uppercase letter and then try to match it to its lowercase partner.
Play continues ‘til all of the cards have been matched. The student with the most pairs wins the game.
Play “I Have…Who Has? Put card-pairs in a basket/bag/box. How ‘bout a kangaroo pouch?
Start with the person who has the letter A who says: “I have uppercase A who has lowercase a? “ Students lay the cards in sequential order on the carpet.
Finish off the game by pointing to the cards and singing the ABC song.
You can also mix in “Kaboom” bomb cards into the bag.
Children each choose a card from the pouch and keep it hidden.
Teacher also chooses a card. She shows her card and tells what she has and then calls on a student. They show their card and tell what they have.
If they have a bomb card, everyone yells “Kaboom!” and both the child who called on the bomb-card child, and the child with the bomb, are out of the game.
Play continues ‘til there is only one child left.
Scatter the cards all over the floor and have students leap around finding them.
When they are all picked up, have students hop over to the carpet area and sit in a circle. Arrange the cards in correct order by counting by 1’s, 2’s, 3’s, 5’s etc.
Decide which concepts you want to reinforce for Leap Day, run off those pages and have students make Itty Bitty booklets by tracing the numbers/letters, cutting out the individual cards and then putting them in appropriate order and stapling them into a mini-Leap Day booklet.
My Y5’s really enjoyed making, sharing and collecting these “just-my-size” booklets.
Click on the link to view/download Leap Day Frog Letter and Number Itty Bitty Card Booklets
To get the wiggles out show students how to play “Leap Frog.” Set a timer to ring in five minutes. Have students keep track of how many children they have jumped over.
Take this leaping activity a step farther and make large lily pads cut from green tag board.
Scatter them within leaping distance and write sets of skip-counting numbers on them. Have a set for counting by 2’s, 3’s, 5’s and 10’s.
Program a set for younger students to count by 1’s to whatever number you want them to count up to.
Have students leap from lily pad to lily pad skip counting as they go.
I adhere them to the floor with duct tape so children don’t slip.
To end the activity run off my “Hoppy Leap Day” lily pad and have them trace the numbers and make a 3-D lily out of a coffee filter.
Print off my "Hoppy Leap Day!" sticker labels to add that finishing touch.
For more number fun on Leap Day, I’ve also designed “Don’t get stuck!” Frog Facts.
A frog’s tongue is extremely sticky so they can zap insects for a tasty meal.
Children will enjoy writing fact families on the frog’s tongue.
Choose a specific number or two, have students write the equations on the frog’s tongue and then solve the problem.
Keep the tongues flat, or for a fun fine motor skill, have students roll the red or pink paper tongue strips into a coil using a pencil or crayon, they'll look like a party favor horn!
Another game that you can play as a reward for a job well done counting is “Hot Frog, Lizard, Rabbit or Kangaroo!”
This is played just like Hot Potato. Children sit in a circle and you play some jumpin jivin’ music.
They pass around a stuffed frog, lizard, rabbit or kangaroo.
When you stop the music every few seconds, the child holding the “Hot” thing is out of the game and has to Leap out of the circle.
Students who are out of the game, leap around to the music, ‘til there is only one child left who is the winner.
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Pop back tomorrow for another Leap Day Activity, plus I'll have the entire Leap Day Unit done!
Leap Day Coin Game: Let's Leap To 29
To coincide with their studies of Lincoln and Washington, many teachers start their intense study of coins in February, so I thought it would be fun to make up a game for Leap Day, using pennies, nickels, dimes and a quarter, to help review those coins.
I find that the more times you can immerse children in hands-on activities, that involve the concepts you’re trying to teach them, the better chance you have of having the perverbial lightbulb go on, as they latch on to something that will help them differenciate the coins.
What better way to do that than by playing a game!
Since Leap Day falls on the 29th and I’m trying to get that fact stuck into my students’ heads, as well as the fact that this is an extra day, since February usually has only 28 days, I made the game Leap To .29 Cents.
I also want students to try and figure out what their best chances are of reaching 29 the quickest will be, depending on the column of coins they choose.
A discussion about strategy can follow of whether column choice matters and why.
I’ve also provided a graph to see which column won the game the most to see if it really did make a difference.
Students choose a partner and take turns spinning the coin spinner.
Whatever coin their paperclip lands on they color in that coin.
If they have already colored in those coins it becomes their partner’s turn.
Play continues ‘til the timer rings.
If someone has not reached 29, the student who is closest to 29 is the winner.
I hope this gives you another idea for your bag of tricks for Leap Day.
Click on the link to view/download Leap Day Coin Game, Leapin’ to 29.
Scroll down for my post from yesterday and the Leap Day Leapin’ Animals booklet and be sure and pop back tomorrow for more Leap Day activities.
I was surfing the net for Lessons on Leap Day and they were really hard to find if not pretty non-existent!
So I felt it was really worth my time to make a unit for this day. I’ll be finishing it up this weekend and posting it.
What I thought would be fun would be for teachers to talk within their grade level, each choose a different activity to last a certain amount of time, and have students LEAP to a different class to do that activity.
To help get the wiggles out, they hop silently like bunnies, frogs, kangaroos etc. down the hall into the next kindergarten/first grade etc. classroom, to do another Leap Day activity.
I started doing research on animals that leaped, as I thought this would be really interesting for kids.
Wow! Did I learn a lot!
Most sources agreed that the highest leaper is the puma or mountain lion that can leap 5-6 times their height in a single bound, but when you compare the “contestants” in terms of their actual height that they can jump, relative to their body size, the tiny flea wins the gold medal!
For example, kangaroos are about 6 feet tall; they can jump 2 times their height, but fleas, can leap more than 130 times theirs!
This means if we would scale up a flea to our size, that would be like us jumping halfway up the Empire State Building in New York!
How’s that for a Leap Day leap?
I made a relatively easy reader, about interesting animals that leap and hop.
I tried to use words from the Dolch word list.
Students cut and glue the matching numbered pictures to the pages.
I also included a math extension where students tell which leaping animal was their favorite. Teachers can graph the results.
The Leaping Animal Booklet and graph are fun activities to plug into your Leap Day.
Click on the link to view/download My Leapin’ Animal Book Leap Day Activity Booklet.
I also wanted to find some YouTube videos for your little ones to watch to see all this leaping going on! Know that for everyone I find that's "Way Cool!" I view about 10 not so hot...
Here's the best of the best!
A University of Berkely study shot some high-speed video footage of leaping lizards, which supports a 40-year-old hypothesis about how theropod dinosaurs, like the velociraptors of Jurassic Park fame, adjusted the angle of their tails to stay stable when jumping. Click on the link to view this awesome clip. Leaping Lizards clip for Leap Day Activity.
I'd never seen real kangaroo's jumping with their babies in their pouch. Nice nature clip. Click on the link to view Leaping Roo's for Leap Day Activity.
No Leap Day would be complete without allowing students to play a little Leap Frog. Why not let them get the wiggles out jumping over each other and then catch this cute clip of real frogs competing in the very serious frog jumping contest in Calaveras County. Too funny, and boy are those frogs huge!
Click on the link to view Leaping Frogs in the Frog Jumping Contest of Calaveras County. Perfect for your Leap Day activities.
Finally, see a snake leap! I never heard of a leaping snake, but a video of a huge green one literally flying through the air as it leaps from one tree to the next in the jungle made a believer out of me. Also shows a winged lizard leaping! Click on the link to view a leaping snake and lizard for your Leap Day lessons!
Be sure and pop in tomorrow for a Leap To .29 Cents Coin Game.