Hey y'all! It's Ashley from Just Reed. I'm pretty stoked that it's Leap Year this year. I love teaching my students the science behind WHY we have Leap Day every four years, and that's a tricky concept for firsties. Jivey had a fabulous post a few days ago that is critical to explaining how the Earth revolves around the sun and rotates on its axis. I loved her suggestion that you have students act this out! I , too, love to make this concept concrete for my little ones!
Give each student a paper model of the earth and the sun. Have them color and cut these out. Have students dramatize the revolution of the earth around the sun.
I think some of us adults even get confused about Leap Day, so this is a very simple explanation!
For fun, students can make this frog and leap pad craft and then complete the written response. This response page integrates lots of math and makes Leap Day relevant to them!
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