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.