Our fun Calendar and Dates Lesson Plan introduces the significance and components of a calendar. With the built-in experiential activities, students will be able to define and identify all aspects of a yearly and monthly calendar, as well as make and use their own calendar. Generalize understanding and strengthen communication skills as students share their favorite days of the year.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction
- Ask: What day is it? What month is it? What year is it?
- Allow for responses. Ask students if they know the number of days in a month, week, or year.
- Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students why it important to use calendars?
- Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce calendars and dates using a large calendar for display.
- Distribute Calendar and Dates content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Save final question for lesson closing. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
- Distribute Activity page (Page 1) the day before you will be using it. Read and review the instructions. Students will gather important dates from family members to be used the next day.
- Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
- Distribute the 6 calendar template pages (horizontal use) for the activity. Review the instructions with the students. They may use the content pages for additional dates. You may also include important school dates on the calendars too.
- Distribute colored pencils, scissors, glue, magazines or other sources for images, and a one-page full year calendar. Give students a sufficient amount of time to complete their calendars. Assist students who need help.
- Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
- In closing, ask: Not including your birthday, what are some of your favorite days of the year and why?
- Allow for responses and discussion.
Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.6, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.7
Class Sessions (45 minutes): 2 – 3 class sessions.
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