Calendar Math- Using Your Students' Agendas & Calendar Journals

After reading Guided Math, & reading everyone's thoughts & ideas about the process of guided math in the classroom, I decided I needed to seriously amp up my math meeting/calendar math time. As Laney Sammons, the author of the book, suggested, I took a look at the Common Core Standards & thought about the skills my kiddos typically struggle with or need more practice in. 





I also wanted to find a way to use the agendas my students get from school for our calendar time. So I found a way to use the agendas & created a calendar math journal. I really like how using the agendas help my kiddos get familiar with the format of an agenda & give them practice in using it. But the agenda is just not big enough for everything to fit in (at least in first or second graders' handwriting!). I wanted my kiddos to graph the weather monthly, so I designed the journal in the pack to be created monthly: cover, weather graph, & the number of pages needed for the month.



I created a pack that includes these skills & activities, & here's where my kiddos will be recording it:

In the agendas:
  • Code the date
  • Determine if the date is odd or even
  • Days of School, & record it in flats, longs, & cubes
  • We'll use a rubber stamp to stamp a blank analog clock face, & the kiddos will duplicate the time I have set on the Focus Wall clock. We'll then write the time.
In their Calendar Journals:
  • Graph the weather
  • Record the "Number of the Day", represent it in hundreds, tens, & ones
  • Write the expanded notation for the number of the day
  • Name Collection Box- record different ways to represent the number I've written in the Name Collection Box on the wall
  •  Fact Family House - We'll choose a domino & write the fact family represented
  • Coins - in their journals, kiddos will draw the coins I have on the board, & will write the amount total
  • Function Machine -On the wall,  I can either give them the rule and fill a few boxes in the chart for them to finish off...OR I can fill in a few boxes, let them determine the rule & complete the rest of the chart.


I know that sounds like a lot....I'm planning to start off with just a few of the skills in the journal, & we'll add as we become more efficient with our time. 

The Calendar Math Pack is in my TpT store. Just print it out, assemble your wall & the journals, & you good to go! I'm so excited about my newest product...I'm going to give it away to the first three people who leave a comment with their email!


14 comments:

  1. This is so bright and cheery! I've been looking for something new for my calendar too since reading Guided Math. I already have your weather part and love it! Thank you for your hard work! I teach second grade and use agendas too. Love this idea!

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    1. I'm so glad! I've been neglecting using our agendas forever! I'm looking forward to using them for math this year!

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  2. My email is bevancho@roadrunner.com. I forgot to post it!!

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  3. Email - mrspaulson@gmail.com
    LOOKS AWESOME

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  4. Cute!! :)
    ~Laura
    Iheartfirstgrade@gmail.com

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  5. This would be great!

    lnguyen2002@hotmail.com

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  6. I am loving this! Off to make a purchase now!!!

    Haley
    Following Optimism in 2nd Grade

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  7. WOW...just what I was looking for! Perfect for my math area!

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  8. Aww, man - missed it by a mile! It looks great, Brenda. I like the way you have your calendar board set up, too.
    Storie
    Stories by Storie

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  9. Thank you everyone for all the sweet comments! It really put a smile on my face!

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  10. Aawww, I wish you posted this last week!! After reading the book I wanted to incorporate calendar math but couldn't wrap my head around it...even after reading others' posts about their calendar math. Your post is exactly what I needed :) I will definitely put on my wish list.

    Patti
    One Class, One Sound

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  11. Ever believe in fate?! I know that finding your blog today was meant to be because I've been working on my math. I think this would be a perfect activity for my kids to do during workshop. I plan on teaching/reviewing each concept with them prior to having them do this independently (of course I will find out who needs the review first). Thank you so much. I'm off to your TPT site, which I will also be following! :)
    Amy
    Where Seconds Count

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    1. I'm so glad it works for you! Hope you & your kiddos enjoy using it! I'd love to see/hear how you're using it once it gets up & running.

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  12. I was just looking on pinterest today for a calendar wall that is clean and simple. I am going to try to copy yours! Checking out your pack on Tpt, too!
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Mandmyoung@chartermi.net

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