Geography Quest: Leap Year Edition
The year is 2016 and it’s a Leap Year! Have you ever thought about what makes a Leap Year and why we have one every so often? I thought it would be fun to share a Geography Quest here at the Bright Ideas Press blog. If you’ve never done a Geography Quest before, they are short adventures in geography that you can enjoy with your kids as a kick start to your day or just to change gears. It’s a pretty informal process, but you are welcome to make it more official if that works better for you. It’s time for Geography Quest: Leap Year Edition.
Learn More about the Leap Year
First let’s get our bearings and find out what a Leap Year is and when we have them.
- What is a Leap Year?
- How often do we have them?
- Which month has an extra day?
- Why is the leap year necessary?
Leap Years are based on the mathematics of our calendar. Let’s find out about calendars.
- Which calendar is our current 12 month calendar?
- What is the origin of the calendar we use today?
- Which calendar is our calendar closely based on?
- What other forms of calendar have been used by civilizations throughout history?
- Try marking the days using a different form of calendar? Which do you think is most efficient?
More Geography Quests
If you enjoyed today’s Geography Quest here at Bright Ideas Press and you’d like to see more of them, here are a few links to get you started.
Geography Quests at Blog, She Wrote– This is the spot to find all 35+ Geography Quests that I’ve written over the last several years. This list is being added to all the time. If you subscribe, you’ll find a free printable for using with your Geography Quests.
Great Backyard Bird Count Edition– Participate in citizen science and tally birds in your backyard.
Iditarod Edition– Are you familiar with this annual March dog sled race? Find out more!
St. Patrick Edition– Learn who this saint was and about his travels in this quest.