One
of the most common questions that I get is about my daily calendar time. I
decided to go ahead and just walk you through how my calendar is set up for the
first week of school. I will try and
keep updating it as the year progresses, as my calendar time/area changes
throughout the year.
I
use Every Day Counts Calendar Math with a twist. I take the things that I think are best from
it and then add in my own things that support the Core and my student’s needs.
A
little background…
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I
have one calendar helper that stays the same for a week. They lead the class, while I stand back and
focus on questioning and proximity
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Almost
everything is done chorally. I have the
added benefit of knowing American Sign Language, so my students say (or sing)
and sign. Everyone is accountable for
participating. (I make a big deal about how it’s their responsibility to help
the Calendar Helper!) J
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There
are some things that are done EVERY DAY, no matter what. I have other
additional things that are added in, and changed as we move through the
year. Today’s posting is all about the
basic routine. These are the things that I do every day. J
We
start with discussing the pattern. (The old core wanted us to label it like
AAB, etc. but the Common Core does not so from now on, we will just talk
about what observations we have about the pattern, briefly, and probably not
every day.) Then, together, chorally, we
say the date “Today is, Monday, August 27th, 2012. This is the season of
summer.” (The calendar helper points to each part as they say it.)
Having them marked with simple cards allows even your lowest students to participate because all they have to do is match the cards to the word on the calendar.
Then
we look at yesterday, today, and tomorrow. We sing this song (the tune is “Frere
Jacques”):
“Today is
Monday, today is Monday, August 27^{th}, August 27^{th}. Yesterday was
Sunday, tomorrow will be Tuesday, twothousand twelve, twentytwelve.”
(The whole class sign the
words as we sing it, the calendar helper changes the signs.)
Then the calendar helper adds
a straw, and we count how many we have in all.
As soon as we are done counting, we say “We have been in school for ___
days this year.”
Then the calendar helper changes
the number (indicating how many straws there are.)
We have an enhanced sound
system in my classroom, so the Calendar Helper uses a microphone and asks the following
set of questions, the class answers chorally, and the Calendar Helper records
their responses. (We’ll pretend that it is the sixth day of school.)
“What’s the number of the day?”

“The number of the day is six.”

(There
is nothing to write for this question.)

“How do you write it as a numeral?”

“The way you write it as a numeral is _____”

(The
students at this point are writing it in the air, the Calendar Helper will
write it on the chart.)

“How many hundreds are in the number six?”

“There are no hundreds in the number six.”

(The
Calendar Helper writes “0” next to hundred.)

“How many tens are in the number six?”

“There are no tens in the number six.”

(The
Calendar Helper writes “0” next to hundred.)

“How many ones are in the number six?”

“There are six ones in the number six.”

(The
Calendar Helper writes “6” next to hundred.)

(I
don’t start Expanded Form until later sometimes as early as day 31 of
school, but usually closer to day 50.
It depends on what my class is ready for. Until then, I cover it with
post it tape.)


“How do you write six as a word?”

A student is selected to “cheer it out” (I model
this the first few days)
“Give me an s!”
Class: “s!”
‘Give me an i!”
Class: “i!”
“Give me an “x!”
Class: “x!”
“What does it spell?”
Class: “six!”

(The
Calendar Helper writes each letter as the class says it.)

Up until the 100^{th} day of school, we add a dot sticker
to a ten frame.

“1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6! We have been in school for six days this
year!”

The
Calendar Helper adds a sticker, and then points as the class counts.

We
do even/odd later in the year, when they are ready for it.

This is what my student's see until they are ready for Expanded Form.
This is what the chart really looks like
We glue on the number to the Counting Tape. (Okay, I actually have to put it on because it's up so high, but a lucky student puts the glue on the number! So literally my onlyphysical responsibility during this entire time is putting it up.) I preprint the numbers on different colors of paper (so 19 are on one color, 1119 are on a second color, and so on. All of the tens are on one particular color, different from all of the other numbers.)
We make a tally mark for every day we are in school in the month. The Calendar Helper marks it, and then the class counts. They end with saying a sentence “We have been in school for six days in August.”
Each month has a different
picture for them to write the tally marks on.
We have a "Question of the Day". To start the year, I put a picture up (this is a picture from my Fancy Nancy Calendar). The students tell a number story about the picture. For example, you could say "There are five people. Four are kids, one is an adult." After a few days of doing that, we add in saying "Four and one are the same as five" at the end of their story.
I love Target's $1.00 pocket charts! They are perfect for so many things!
The symbols for the graph are just stored in a snack size ziplock, the weather person just pulls out what they need.
Again, that’s
the basic routine for my calendar. There
are LOTS of variations and things I add in at different times of the year. I
will try and keep you updated as they come up this year!
And here it is, all put
together!
In case you were wondering...
The two red pocket charts are actually pocket charts designed for CD cases. I found them on clearance at a local teacher supply store. They. are. awesome!
This side has the weather
graph pieces, the numbers for the Counting Tape, glue sticks, assorted pointers,
markers, and the days of the week that have Velcro on the back.
Everytthing they need is right in a pocket. Whiteboard markers, dot stickers, straws, rubber bands (for the tenth day), the words to label our Hundred Board, etc. All ready to use!!
The math vocabulary pocket chart is used for the vocabulary from our current unit of study.
Very helpful! Thank you!
ReplyDeleteWhere can I get the monthly days of school like the watermelon? Thanks.
ReplyDeleteI love the idea of having a calendar helper for the week and them leading the class!! Thanks!
ReplyDeleteHow long do you spend on these lessons each day?
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