Stage 1 – calendar
Use a calendar to identify a day and to describe the day and date of significant personal events.
- read a visual text (calendar)
- understand how calendars are structured
- order the days and months
Activities to support the strategies
Students group themselves according to their birthday month.
Students write the names of the months on large cards. They then place the month cards in the correct order.
- Which month is the first in the year?
- Which is the second month? etc.
When cards are in order, students sit in a line behind their birthday month. This could be used as the basis for a chart of student birthdays.
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Play dice roll in pairs or small groups. Students are given a card with the months listed in the incorrect order. Each student rolls a 12-sided dice and places a counter on the ordinal of the month to match the number rolled. The first student to complete their card wins.
Make a class calendar for the current month, using a blank grid, a month card, a set of cards numbered from 1 to 31 and a set of cards with the days of the week. Have students assist in remaking the calendar at the beginning of each month.
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Have a class quiz about the calendar for the month to identify special days or particular days, e.g. the date of a student's birthday, a class excursion, the date of the 3rd Monday, etc.
Use the calendar below to answer the following questions:
- How many days are in January?
- What day of the week is January 17?
- What day of the week is January 29?
- How many Mondays are in January?
- How many Wednesdays are in January?
- Colour the numbers on the calendar.
- Colour weekends blue and weekdays yellow
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ACMMG041: Use a calendar to identify the date and determine the number of days in each month.
MA1-13MG: Describes, compares and orders durations of events, and reads half- and quarter-hour time.