CALENDAR MATH:  Calendar Wall

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In past year's I've always done the calendar wall during Morning Meeting.  In 2007, because of scheduling, I changed things up a bit and we did our calendar wall at the beginning of our math block.  The calendar leader would change the calendar before our math block, during our read aloud time.  After read aloud, the class would gather and follow the calendar leader's lead.  We allotted 8-10 minutes for the calendar wall.  The calendar leader would start with the first part of of the calendar wall and move toward the last part (each part was numbered and labeled).  Most often we'd finish, but if we got off on a tangent, or were short on time, we didn't get to the last few parts of it.  I stopped doing the calendar wall in 2008 because I received a SMART Board.  I now only do the SMART Board version.  There is no need for two calendars, so the wall version is no longer a part of the classroom routine.  I don't miss it!  :)

Monthly Calendar
  1. Write the day's number on a calendar piece and add the piece to the calendar.
  2. Use a pointer to count the days of the month.
  3. Use a pointer to read the month's pattern - ab, aba, abb, aab, abc, etc. 
  4. Also, read the pattern by color, shape, etc, if possible.
Tally Marks
  1. Add a tally mark to the monthly tally mark sheet.
  2. On every 5th day, circle the group of five tally marks and write a number 5 underneath.
  3. Using a pointer, count the month's tally marks.
Code Date
 
  1. Erase yesterday's code date.
  2. Write today's code date.
  3. Using a pointer, read the code date, "Today's code date is ___ "dash" ___ "dash" ___."
Money Sheet
 
  1. Add a penny to the money sheet.
  2. Use a pointer to count the days of the month.
  3. In 1st/2nd grade, trade pennies for nickels, and nickels for dimes, and nickels/dimes for quarters.
Tooth Chart
   
  1. Add a tooth cut out to the graph, when there has been a tooth lost.
  2. Read the tooth poem.
  3. Using a pointer, ask math related questions about the graph.
Birthday Graph
     
  1. Add a birthday cupcake sticker to the graph when there is a birthday.
  2. Sing Happy Birthday to the birthday boy or girl.
  3. Using pointer, ask math related questions about the graph.
Place Value
 
  1. Add a straw to the ones pocket.  (Julie, an online teacher colleague, uses BASE 10 blocks instead of straws.  Great idea!)
  2. Every 10th day, bundle the straws up, and move them to the tens pocket.
  3. Starting with the bundled straws first, count the number of straws (days of the month).
Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
 
  1. Add a number card for the day.
  2. Move the Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow cards/sticks over one spot.
  3. Using a pointer, read the cards, "Yesterday was ___, Today is ____, and Tomorrow will be ____."
Days of School Place Value
 
  1. Add a straw to the Days of School pocket chart. (Julie, an online teacher colleague, uses BASE 10 blocks instead of straws.  Great Idea!)
  2. Every 10th day, bundle the straws and then move them to the tens pocket.  Every 100th day, bundle the straws and move them to the hundreds pocket chart.
  3. Starting with the bundled straws first, count the number of straws (days of school).
Days of School Number Line
 
  1. Write the next number on the calendar cut out.
  2. Staple or tape the calendar cut out at the end of the days of school number line.
  3. Using a pointer, count the days of school.
Days of School Puzzle
  1. Look at the remaining puzzle pieces from the baggie of 10 puzzle pieces.
  2. Select the next puzzle piece to be used (in correlation to the day of school that you are on).
  3. Attach the puzzle piece to the puzzle.
100s Day Puzzle Directions:
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Assemble puzzle on a piece of cardboard.

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Use another piece of cardboard to flip the puzzle over.

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Number the puzzle pieces from 1 to 100 going clockwise, working from the outside to the inside.

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Make 10 groups of 10 puzzle pieces and place each group into a baggie.

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Cut a piece of construction paper to the exact dimensions of your puzzle.  Glue it to the cardboard.

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Add mounting tape/squares to each corner and to the middle of your cardboard.

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Mount your cardboard to your calendar board.

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Each day of school, add a puzzle piece to the puzzle.  We will use glue dots.  UPDATE - - we ended up using this instead...it worked better for us!

Today is...
 
  1. Change the day of the week card.
  2. Change the day of the month card.
  3. Using a pointer, read the sentence, "Today is ____, ________  ____, _____."
Coins
 
  1. Point to each coin.
  2. Say the names of each coin.
  3. Say the value of each coin.
  4. Recite poem for each coin.
  5. Sing/say coin poems/songs.
Clock
 
  1. Using the Judy Clock, practice telling time to the hour.
  2. Later on in the year, practice telling time to the 1/2 hour, in five minute intervals, and by the minute.
  3. Review hours in a day, minutes in an hour, and seconds in a minute.
Shapes
 
  1. Point to each shape.
  2. Say each shape's name.
  3. Review the properties of each shape (sides, vertices, angles, etc.)
  4. Discuss same/different.
Daily Schedule
 

  1. Review the schedule for the day.
  2. Ask if there are any questions.
  3. Briefly share/discuss any special news for the day.
Weather Graph
 
  1. Look out the window and check the weather.
  2. Color a cell on the graph to show the weather.
  3. Using a pointer ask math-related questions about the graph.