What is your morning calendar routine? Can I just say how much I LOVE ours? It really starts our day off right and I look forward to it as much as the students do!
After my students do their morning chores, we meet at the carpet for our Calendar Time. I can honestly say that I have done calendar with my kiddos every day for my entire career and I would never give it up. I really feel like I get a lot of “bang for my buck” out of this little 15 minutes of time.
HOWEVER……in my new classroom I had an interactive board……woah!! We have entered the 21st Century!!! So I decided I needed to do my morning math routine in a more updated way……so I created my Calendar Math Editable Powerpoint.
On the third slide students practice telling time and making graphs. The teacher chooses a question, for the “Graph of the Day” and the students drag their answer into the graph.
The fourth slide is about the “Shape of the Week”. Teachers can choose one “shape” to study for the week. I usually begin with the 2 dimensional shapes like triangle, circle square, etc. We learn how many vertices and faces the shape has, as well as if it is an open or closed shape. These are all part of our Math standards. Eventually, you can move on to the three dimensional shapes like cube, cylinder, cone and sphere.
The last slide has addition, subtraction and number bonds.
If you’d like your students to follow along, there are even backline maters of the calendar that you can make into a book for your kids to work in!
In the beginning of the year , you can start off with just a page or two…. add more as the year goes on. We never do all 5 pages in one day…that would take too much time and I try to limit our calendar time to 15 minutes a day.
My students and I really do love our new calendar routine…..it’s streamlined, 21st century and doesn’t take up any valuable bulletin board space. If you’d like to take a closer look, I made a little video of the calendar which you can watch here.
So, are you ready to go digital with your morning calendar? Your students will love it and so will you! If you’re ready to make the change you can grab your own Calendar Math Editable Powerpoint here.
What do you do for your morning calendar math routine? Please share your ideas below….I’d love to hear them!!