Mr. Keene continued to add days to the school year: Saturdays, Sundays, holidays and summer vacation days. Help the students learn and review calendar facts.
Copies of paper with months: Cut Out Months (Click here for downloadable worksheet)
Construction paper (any color)
Blank copies of a month (one copy per student)
Use 9"x12" construction paper and write the months of the year, one month on each piece of paper
Use 9"x12" construction paper to write one holiday on each piece of paper. Choose holidays appropriate to your school and cultural focus. Some common ones could include: New Year’s Day, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and so on.
Cut 9"x12" construction paper in half lengthwise. Provide enough for one strip per student.
Activity 1. Give each student a strip with the months and a strip of construction paper. Instruct students to cut out the months and glue them in order, January through December from top to bottom, on the strip of paper.
Activity 2. Display the months in order, propped up on the chalk tray or have individual students hold the cards. Pass out the papers of the holidays in random order to students. Then call on a student to place the holiday with the month in which it occurs.
Activity 3. Instruct students to fill in the calendar with days of the week and numbers. You may have them do this to match the dates of the current month. Then ask them questions like:
a. Put your finger on the first Friday. What is the date? What is the date two weeks from Friday?
b. What is the date of the third Wednesday of the month?
c. Jon’s birthday is the 14th. What day of the week is that?
d. What patterns do you notice on the calendar? (Multiples of 7, odd and even numbers)