Sunday, August 21, 2011

Calendar Math Journals

In my school we start our day with Every Day Counts Calendar Math. A couple years ago I started to include calendar math journals in my mornings and the kids really loved them! If we have to skip them for a day they are disappointed. When I had a regular sized class, my students would bring the journals to the carpet and complete them as we reviewed the calendar. Now that I have 36 students we review the calendar and complete a class journal together. Then they go back to their seats to complete their own journal. After they have completed the journal, we count to 30 (or 31) while pointing to the numbers.

To create the journals I staple the papers to the inside of a file folder. Last year I found the calendars on Mrs. Gonzalez's Website. This year I recreated her calendars but now her website is updated with the 2011-2012 calendars. She also has a bunch of other great stuff so check it out! Later in the year I staple a 100s chart to the outside. I've seen the calendar binders and I think they're awesome, I just don't have enough binders for my class.

In September we keep it simple and trace numbers and practice counting. I introduce the tricky teen chants on the teen days. 6 times during the month students make numbers in different ways (2 yellow buses and 3 orange buses=5 buses)
Click here to download the September Calendar Math Journal

In October we start a class graph of their favorite animals. The child of the day picks which animal he/she likes best and we graph it. We also start talking about dominoes.
Click here to download the October Calendar Math Journal
In November we graph the weather, start a daily depositor and continue to talk about dominoes. We add to our daily depositor every day (on Mondays we add for Saturday and Sunday too). I like to use 10 frames so we can practice counting on.

I'll post the rest of the journals later in the year! =)

20 comments:

  1. These are great! I just started using Every Day Counts Calendar this year and I've wanted to start doing a calendar notebook/journal also. Thanks for sharing these!

    And seeing that you have 32-36 makes me feel much better about my 28!

    Ms. Preppy's Adventures in Primary and Polka Dots

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  2. Thanks so much for sharing this great resource! I am just starting to use Every Day Counts Calendar this year, so I am excited to try it out and add this into the routine, too! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Thank you so much for this manageable way of doing calendar work with Ks. I cannot afford the 30 binders I would need to do the other calendar routines I have found, it is good to find another way to present this to my students.

    What are the Tricky Teen chants? I would LOVE a copy of those! Thank you! :)

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  4. OH...and what is the Daily Depositer on November's calendar please?

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  5. Just curious, but did you get the calendars with the dotted numbers from my website? It just looks a little blurry...if it helps any I just recently updated them with the new year.:)

    http://www.solisclass.com
    msg702@cox.net

    Alma

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  6. These are wonderful. I am going to start math journals this year.

    Wow, and I thought 29 last year was bad, you must be very organized to keep all those kiddos learning.

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  7. Thank you for sharing!

    Oh, I have to ask---do you have 36 in full-day?! HOW do you do it? (If you've previously answered this question, forgive me! I'm following you now and will return to read more!)

    ReadWriteSing

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  8. Thanks to everyone for their comments. I only survive because I have a wonderful co-teacher. It's still ALOT of kids in one room together.

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  9. I just found your blog and LOVE the calendar work. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  10. Just found your blog and love the calendar work. This is so much simpler than what I have used in the past. Thanks for sharing.
    The Wonderful World of Kindergarten

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  11. These are fabulous! I am starting calendar books in October with my kids and I love these! Can't wait to see the rest. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Thank you for introducing me to this new concept. I'm one month into my calendar folders and am loving it! Thanks for sharing your documents too. I just had to blog about what your doing...

    kindergarten days

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  13. Can't wait for the December calendar! :)

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  14. December journals will be posted this weekend! :)

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  15. Stephanie!! I L.O.V.E. your site, and the materials you share are fabulous! I am having a problem downloading the Smartboard stuff- I can't load it to a flash and all blogs are blocked at school. Is there a way/a place to access them otherwise? I would love to use the poetry and your other things with the SMARTboard but being frustrated right now!! Thanks, Cathy

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  16. Stephanie, could you please tell me a little bit more about the daily depositer?

    Thanks!

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  17. Stephanie,
    Thanks for sharing your calendar notebook ideas. I started calendar notebooks with my class this year and use pages from a variety of sources. I LOVE how you use the Everyday Counts Calendar Math concepts! Hats off to you for engaging so many learners!

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  18. Stephanie,
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas for calendar notebooks. I have started using them with my class this year and use pages from a variety of sources. I LOVE how you incorporate Everyday Counts Calendar Math. Hats off to you for keeping all 32 of your little learners engaged!

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  19. My kids love their math journals. We graph the flipping of the nickel everyday during calendar time. My kids "flip" over this. They are so excited. It is interesting that the graph did turn out that we flipped heads as often as we flipped heads. Interesting math conscept. Stephanie...thanks for all of your great ideas. I have used many of them.

    Susan

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  20. These are great ideas. Gotta create my own though because we are starting the 2012-2013 school year. :(

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