The following worksheets contain activities relating to events celebrated in the month of February.

All About the Month of February - February is the second month of the modern-day Gregorian calendar. There are 28 days in the month of February in the common years, while every Leap Year, it has 29 days. The month of February got its name from the Latin word februum. It has ancient roots from the ancient Roman spring festival of washing and purification called Februa. Previously, the month of February was not a part of the calendar. The year used to begin in March, and later January and February were added around 700 BCE. Initially, it was the last month of the year, but in 450 BCE, February became the second month of the year. February is the shortest month of the calendar, having 28 days and 29 days every four years, known as the leap year. This is because Romans believed even numbers brought bad luck, and they preserved the month for rituals honoring the dead. The full moon of February is known as the Snow Moon. The birthstone for February is amethyst, which symbolizes piety, humility, spiritual wisdom, and sincerity. February's birth flowers are violets and common primroses.

Beyond Groundhog Day and Valentine's Day, February is dedicated to children's oral hygiene, cleaning out old computer files, and delicious grapefruit, among other things. Students can learn how a battery works, and what makes up an average day in the life of the President of the United States. The following worksheets offer up short passages of related reading, and provide sets of short-answer and multiple choice questions for students to answer. Note: A dedicated set of worksheets for Black History Month, also in February, is located elsewhere on this site.

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What's the Deal with Groundhog Day?

Every year on February 2nd, millions of people worldwide gather in wait to see if the groundhog will see his shadow. If he sees it, legend has it that there will be six more cold weeks of winter.

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What's the Deal with Groundhog Day? - Quiz

Where does Punxsutawney Phil live? Groundhog Day is celebrated on which day every year?

Groundhog Day? - Free Response Quiz

The people of Punxsutawney claim that there has only been ONE groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil. Do you think this is true? Why or Why not?

How Did Valentines Day Come to Be? - Reading Passage

There are a great many beliefs to what started the tradition of Valentines Day, but one thing remains the same in all of the theories. Valentines Day is a day of love. Today, it is common for people to send things like cards, flowers, candy or gifts to the person that they love in their life and many people each year choose Valentines Day to get married.

How Did Valentines Day Come to Be? - Multiple Choice Questions

Who is credited for bringing Valentines Day to the United States?

How Did Valentines Day Come to Be? Free Response Quiz

Do you think that Saint Valentine the priest did the right thing or the wrong thing by continuing to marry people in private?

What is an 'Average Day" in the Life of a President? Reading Passage

Many presidents also have families to take care of and they strive to do the same things for them that your dad may do for you. The difference is that everywhere a President goes, whether it is to his child’s school or a soccer game, there are secret service agents following him to ensure that he is safe.

What is an 'Average Day" in the Life of a President? - Quiz

Which job title of the president has to do with his involvement in the military?

Free Response Quiz

Do you think the President should be able to go for a jog or to the gym alone? Why or why not?

All about Grapefruit

You may not know that February is also considered National Grapefruit Month. This ‘unofficial’ holiday began as a creative way to market attention to the wonderful tastes and health benefits of eating grapefruit.

All About Grapefruit - Quiz

Which is the best estimate for how long grapefruit have been growing in Florida? What would be an example of a toxin in your body that antioxidants from grapefruit might help to fight?

Free Response Quiz

Do you think making February National Grapefruit Month has made a difference in how many grapefruit are sold? Why or why not?

What Do We Do on Clean Out Your Computer Day and Why? Reading Passage

The second Monday of February has been unofficially called "clean out your computer day." This is a relatively new 'holiday' that is used to influence people to reorganize their computers and clean out old or unwanted files.

What Do We Do on Clean Out Your Computer Day and Why? Quiz

If there were 100 households in your neighborhood and 90% of them had two computers, how many households would that be?

Short Answer Questions

From what you know about computers, can you ever just unplug them or press the button to turn them off or is there a different way to "shut down" a computer? If so, what is it?

How Does a Battery Work?

Most people do not take the time to understand just how batteries work. It is one of those things that most of us just take for granted. We put them in and like magic, our favorite toy or gadget works!

Battery Work? Quiz

What do the chemicals inside a battery produce?

Free Response Quiz

When your flashlight goes dead, why do you think that sometimes it will work again by only replacing one of the two batteries inside?

The History of Kites

The flying of kites began 3000 years ago in China. Ancient Chinese people would use bamboo and silk, two products readily available, to make the kites. They were often used during religious celebrations.

The History of Kites - Quiz

What word would best describe how kites were used during 19th & 20th century military operations?

The History of Kites - Free Response Quiz

. Kites originated in China 3000 years ago, how do you imagine the trend of kite flying was able to travel across continents and into the United States?

What is a Root Canal?

Children's dental health month is celebrated in February. This is a time to raise awareness about the importance of oral hygiene and a reminder for families to make sure that they get their annual trip to the dentist.

What is a Root Canal? - Quiz

Which month of the year is designated as Children’s Dental Month. What medications are often prescribed to people with a tooth infection?

What is a Root Canal? Free Response Quiz

According to the statistics in the passage - if you had 100 kids in your class, how many of them are likely to have a root canal in their lifetime? Is this surprising?

What Does Our Brain Do?

Most of the time you move and talk, eat and speak as well as do all the other things you do everyday without really thinking about it.

What Does Our Brain Do? - Quiz

Which part of the brain controls the involuntary body functions like breathing, heart beat etc.?

What Does Our Brain Do? – Free Response Quiz

When you touch something that is very hot, how does your hand know to pull away so you won’t be burned? What part of the brain do you think is in action when this happens?

How Do You Become a Weather Person? Passage

While it looks like your TV weatherman has the easiest job on television you can be assured that he has had to do many things in order to get his position.

How Do You Become a Weather Person? - Quiz

Which of the following is having an impact on the field of meteorology? In order to be a meteorologist, which field of study should you be interested in?

How Do You Become a Weather Person? - Free Response Quiz

Why do you think that it is important that someone interested in pursuing a TV weather job have a lot of personality?