Monday, February 27, 2012

Are You Ready for Leap Day?

29 il 23As we approach the end of February, I started thinking about finding resources to share next month. I went to the calendar pages of Thinkfinity, and something caught my eye: classroom activities, websites, and resources for Leap Day!

Here are some of the suggested websites:

  • Leap Central
    This site explains things about Leap Year that are not common knowledge to most, has resources for party planning, and also includes a list of Leap Day books.
  • The Year of Confusion
    This online story from Highlights Kids is an engaging account of the time leading up to the revision of the calendar to include Leap Day.
  • Star Child: A Learning Center for Young Astronomers
    Intended for grade-school-level students, this NASA website recommended by SchoolZone has information about astronomy as well as projects, lesson ideas, and resources for the classroom.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day: Julius Caesar and Leap Days
    This site from NASA, focusing on an image of a coin minted with Julius Caesar's likeness, provides a brief explanation of the origins of Leap Day. The site also references Sosigenes, the astronomer who consulted with Caesar on the calendar and invention of Leap Day.
I really like the lists of books available from these sites. The science focus could also be a great connection to make with some of the STEM resources now available.

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