Do you still feel the need to keep a classroom calendar, but can't find one that's not too "babyish" or plain? These calendar pieces are just what you're looking for. You can actually form math lessons around them, too!
These calendar pieces are part of a program called Square One , a daily calendar math program that is intended to help students start their math for the day at “square one,” with the review of necessary skills that are required to master the grade level curriculum. The calendar pieces can be used in the upper elementary grades to review geometric shapes, algebra and patterns, and measurement. Each month has a different pattern. It is important not to put all of the pieces on at once; part of the math is figuring out the pattern after the new piece is added for the day. You will find that most months have a “bonus” feature: stars are included within the monthly pattern. The stars are placed strategically to help students identify a different set of multiples for each month. To include the measurement piece, I have added a set of spinners. Simply spin the spinner to find the different lengths of the sides of the shape and determine the perimeter and area for the shape. For a bit more rigor, have students first find the shape’s perimeter and area in feet and then convert to inches. There is a generic month (labeled as June/July). Feel free to switch out one of the months with the generic if the concept is not one that is strongly covered in your curriculum. I have used the generic pieces in August as there is not a lot of school days this first month.
Tons of math!!!! The discussions you will have with your students will be so beneficial as you begin front loading them with key vocabulary and skills before you get to the curriculum unit where you cover these concepts.
If you love this, you will need to check out my complete Square One Calendar Math program. The complete program includes 3 other daily math elements, covering most (if not all) of the core math standards that you will teach. At this point, I only have 5th grade complete, but I am working on other grade levels.
The entire Square One program is not a replacement for your curriculum, but an extension or enrichment program. As the saying goes “practice makes perfect,” students need to complete these activities daily to get to the mastery level that you expect them to attain. Once students understand what to do, these activities should only take about 15 minutes a day to complete. Perfect for morning or bell work, math workshop assignment, or at the beginning or end of class time.
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Happy Teaching! - Martha from "The Owl Spot"