An Extra Day in February!



Happy February!  It's 2016, which means it's a leap year!  I always wondered what the deal was with leap year and why we suddenly got an extra day put in there, and then I started teaching 5th grade and I learned why!  Did you know that it takes the Earth 365.25 days to orbit the sun, and not the 365 days they always tell you about?  And because we can't have a quarter-day every year, they save them up and make one more full day?  Did you know?

Which means...we get a whole extra day in February!

Now, wouldn't it be wonderful if you really did get an extra day?  What if, when February 29 came rolling around every four years, it was a holiday?  And no one was allowed to go to work and we could just celebrate the fact that the Earth made it around the sun four more times?  It's a pretty awesome occurrence; it totally warrents having a day off.  What would you do with a whole extra day in 2016?  What could you accomplish?

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