February is such a fun time of year! Yes, it may still be cold and dreary most days, but it’s a quick month full of holidays, celebrations, and themes to incorporate into the classroom. My first graders don’t even make it through the classroom door on February 1st without talking about Valentine’s Day. Their excitement energizes me to make it a fun month of learning for them. That’s why I enjoy engaging my students with these 1st grade February math and literacy centers. They are the perfect blend of fun and learning with activities designed to inspire young minds.
As we begin the month, we count down to the 14th with first grade Valentine’s math activities like this skip counting match-up. It’s so easy to incorporate hearts and love-themed materials all month long!
Since February is just past the halfway point of the school year, it’s so important that my students continue to review their math and literacy skills that they’ve worked hard to learn all year. That’s why I always fit in a page from this February literacy journal and this math journal each school day during the month.
Another fantastic way to incorporate all of the holidays and themes into your students’ learning is to use these First Grade February Math and Literacy Centers. These centers will help your students review and practice what they’ve learned so far this year, all while having a super great time. You can count me in for anything that keeps my students so excited and engaged that they don’t even realize they’re learning!
First Grade February Math and Literacy Centers
The February learning centers come with 40 centers for you to use with your students. You may think that 40 sounds like a lot, and it is! But you can split the centers up and even use some of them as whole group work, morning work, sub plans, etc. The options are endless when you have so much at your fingertips!
The centers include 20 February-themed math activities for first grade and 20 February literacy centers for first grade. There are five categories of centers for each subject. Each category includes four different centers. You can use one of each category for each week of the month, or pick and choose the ones you like best and use them all at the same time.
Included in the First Grade February Centers
20 Literacy Centers for First Grade
- Write the Room Centers
- Writing Center Materials
- Write & Wipe Activities and Puzzles
- Poetry Centers
- Match-Ups and Pocket Chart Centers
20 Math Centers for First Grade
- Write the Room Activities for Math
- Write & Wipe Math Centers
- Match-Ups and Puzzles
- Partner Games
- Dice Games
Skills Covered in the First Grade Math Centers for February
- Fractions, Addition, Subtraction, Expanded Notation, 10 More/10 Less, Place Value, Subitizing, Coins, Doubles, Word Problems, Number Order…and more!
Skills Covered in the First Grade Literacy Centers for February
- Poetry, Writing, Trigraphs, Sequencing, Segmenting Phonemes, Vowel Teams, Digraphs, Blends, R-Controlled Vowels, Pronouns…and more!
Using the February First Grade Centers
Once you purchase and download the First Grade February Math and Literacy Centers, it’s time to explore! You can look through all of the different categories to see the centers that you now own. I always suggest starting by making a list of which ones you like and for what purpose, that way you can add them to your lesson plans easily.
Before printing, make sure to check out the whole file of each center. All of them come with both color and black & white options, and many come with differentiation options as well. Once you decide what you want to use, send to the printer. If possible, print on cardstock or other heavy paper for things you want to laminate and reuse.
Once a hard copy is printed, I like to use Post-it notes to write down how many copies of each thing I need. Then once I make copies, I can get to laminating and cutting. It’s a lot of prep work, but the more I laminate now, the less I have to prep next February!
Once everything is ready, decide how you’ll introduce the centers to your first graders. Some teachers choose to model one a day, while others do batches all at once. Most importantly, make sure to set clear expectations for each type of center to help your students be as independent as possible while working and playing.
Literacy Centers for February
The literacy centers come with four themed sets of writing cards. These cards will fit in with the rest of your creative writing activities for first grade in February. The four word topics include Valentine’s Day, Dental Health, Pets, and Ice Cream Sundaes. You’ll have different writing pages to choose from that will help encourage your students to show what they know with some incredible writing throughout the month!
There are four poems inside the center bundle. These are great to use for your February reading lessons for first grade. There are three original poems about Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, and polar bears, along with one familiar nursery rhyme. Your students will enjoy working on the poem in a poetry notebook and journal, as well as building the poems with pocket chart pieces.
Write the Room Centers
We all know winter is long, which is why I love having so many engaging literacy centers for first grade in February on hand to make the season a little easier. The four literacy write-the-room activities in this bundle cover these skills: digraphs, segmenting phonemes, trigraphs, and vowel teams.
Write & Wipe Centers and Puzzles
The two literacy puzzles inside the bundle will help students review pronouns and words with r-controlled vowels. There are also two write-and-wipe activities that focus on words with mixed blends and segmenting phonemes. These first grade February reading centers are great for stations but also work well as early-finisher work!
Pocket Charts and Match-Up Activities
Where can your students retell the steps of mailing a valentine, unscramble Valentine’s Day-themed sentences, and review words with trigraphs? The pocket chart and match-up activities inside the center bundle will have your students doing all of those things and more. These first grade literacy centers for February are perfect for a pocket chart station, a rug center, or anywhere with a lot of space, like an empty table!
Math Activities for February
Looking for easy math station ideas for February and first grade? The four dice games that come with these centers are just what you need! Your students will have fun doing a Color by Code Valentine’s worksheet, a Roll a Love Bug game, a Roll and Cover or Color activity, and a Roll and Graph game.
If you want to keep your students excited about learning, using games that they can play with their classmates is a must! The four partner games are the perfect February math activities for first grade to get your students learning while playing with others and working on their social skills. The games include a card game, a gameboard, a race to 20 game, and a spinner game. Students can review skills like adding, tens frames, and place value with these fun games!
Write & Wipe Centers
The four write-and-wipe centers for math include activities that will help your students review base ten, coins, doubles, and word problems. These interactive math centers for first grade in February come with color versions to be laminated and reused with dry-erase markers, as well as black and white versions if you want them to be used as consumable worksheets.
Math Write the Room Activities
In case you aren’t sold on these centers yet, I’ve got another set of the best February math centers for first graders. Yes, that’s right, you’ll have another four write-the-room centers, this time for math! The activities cover these skills: base ten, comparing numbers, ordering numbers, and skip counting.
Puzzles and Match-Ups for Math
The two math match-up activities include a game to practice sorting even and odd numbers and an activity to help review adding and subtracting within 20. These interactive February math games for first grade students are easy to use and fun to do! The two math puzzles include puzzles to practice skip counting and puzzles to practice identifying numbers that are ten more and ten less than another number.
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You’ll have the biggest heart eyes all month long when you see how well your students do with these first grade February fun math and literacy centers! Full of hands-on and engaging February learning activities, these centers are a must-have this winter!
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