The Calendar Journal is designed to be used two different ways. You can use it as an interactive journal during calendar time, or you can use it as a center. Either way the activities align to common core standards.
As an interactive journal, kids bring the journal with them at calendar time. As questions are asked about the calendar, kids write in their journals. I really like using the journal in this way. It makes all of the kids actively participate in calendar. Kids are engaged in every question, not just the one they are answering or wanted to answer. It provides evidence of their participation and makes them more responsible for their time. Additionally, it adds a learning modality to our calendar time.
As a center, the kids bring the journal to the center to complete the activities.
As either a center or an interactive journal, students answer questions about the current date, the number of days of school, the time displayed on the large Tell Time clock, count coins, and write in their journal, all using common core standards.
THIS SET INCLUDES:
Complete Instructions on how to set up and use your Calendar Journal.
Calendar Journal Cover in Color and Black & White with Thirty Days Hath September rhyme
Twelve Months of Calendars: Each month has a list of holidays and interesting dates.
Common Core Daily Calendar Math: There are two different pages of daily math work. Daily Calendar Math Page 1 and Daily Calendar Math Page 2.
- Daily Calendar Math Page 1: The first daily math page asks questions about the current date. For example if it is September 21st, students answer questions about the number 21. Although the math page is the same for everyday (but using a different number because of the date), there are five. There are five because each one has a different day of the week at the top. This is very handy. You can easily keep track of what day’s calendar math has been completed. Even better, it helps the kids keep the daily work straight. Common core standards are on the page.
- Daily Calendar Math Page 2: The second daily math page asks questions about the number of days in the school year. For example if it is the 125th day of school, students answer questions about the number 125. The second daily math page also has a place for students to write down what time is shown on the calendar display clock and it has an area for kids to write down and answer the daily question about money. Like the first calendar math page, there are five, each with a different day of the week at the top. Common core standards are on the page.
Daily Journal Pages: It has always made sense to me to include journal writing with our calendar time because we are talking about the day and working with the numbers from the day, so we should also write about the day.
Journal Writing/Friendly Letter Reference Page
Daily Weather Graph
Weather Graph Questions
Math Words Reference Page
Sight Words Reference Page
Calendar Kit: A calendar kit is included. You can use it to set up a Calendar Center if you plan to use the Calendar Journal as a center or if you do not have a calendar kit you can use this to make your own calendar. Included is the name of each month on a separate banner, calendar numbers 1 – 31, days of the week, weather icons, calendar math question cards, money question card, and a Tell Time large display clock to write the time on for kids to answer questions about.
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