How do you choose the numbers for the calendar?
I ALWAYS use the date, or some combination of it. I feel like that keeps it consistent and within the concept of "calendar math". I do manipulate the numbers a bit so that the students aren't always using the same.exact.numbers each day, but I don't ever pull in numbers that don't appear in the date in some way. Here are a few examples from the pages I already started to write for next year.
|Pay particular attention to the Big Number. Do you see that I have inserted a decimal? Also, for the Mean/Mode section, I have combined the 2 and 0 to make 20, instead of separating them.|
|By changing the decimal place, the entire number and what they have to do with it changes. Also, the Mean/Mode again has changed. I totally dropped the 20, part this time. (but it still is the date 8/28/12...do you see that?)|
Yes and no. Yes, the standards change so the actual math changes. But no, I don't change the format or the "calendarness" of it. So even though I am teaching 5th grade right now, if I were to suddenly go to 4th grade next year, the entire calendar idea wouldn't change. Just the actual standards. (and really, so many of the key standards are the same across the grade levels that it really does look similar in all the upper grades)
What about COPIES????
I have done this calendar many, many different ways. I currently write the sheets you see above a week or so beforehand (ok, sometimes I do it the day of ;) ) I then copy them back to back for each of my students so that they get a packet of 3 pieces of paper with the sheets for the entire week stapled together. In the past, I have just copied blank sheets for the students and given them the packet for the week on Monday. this actually saved ME time in thinking of the numbers ahead of time. I could just put them up on the wipeoff boards the day of. But I found that it was taking the kids a really long time copying the information and they weren't spending the time actually doing the math. I found the time spent by me ahead of time filing them in was worth it.
What about a NOTEBOOK so I don't need COPIES??
I have done this as well. I would just put the numbers up on the wipeoff boards and the kids would copy them into a notebook. This was fine but I found that since it was in a notebook, and it wasn't being turned in for checking each week like the packets are, the kids just weren't doing as good of a job. This is probably my fault, as I wasn't as on top of the "accountability" portion of it with a notebook as I am with the sheets. For me, sheets work better. But if a notebook works good for you, it is 100% doable.
How long does this all take?
In the beginning of the year, it does take a long time to do. Training the students is a bit of work...but it is so worth it in the end. Overall, once the kids are in the swing of things, the students take about 10 minutes to work alone on the sheet, then another 10 to 15 minutes to go over it.
Where do you go over it?
I have a rug in my classroom (that I LOVE!) and I call my students up to the rug to go over it. I have movable boards and it works great with this set up. Some of my colleagues have simply put the Calendar sheet up on the document camera and gone over it from there. Still others have a dedicated board, but the kids just sit at their own seat. There hasn't been any issue with people seeing that I am aware of.
Can I get an editable copy of the calendar?
YES!!! I just made one for you for 5th grade and 4th grades and 3rd grade!!!
Now, if you look above, you will see that I have handwritten each of the numbers into the calendar. This editable version is NOT for inputting the numbers. Even I don't know how to do that! What this version is for is so that you can tailor make the calendar to your specific state/common core standards. Since this is based on what I personally have to do, I know it isn't 100% exact for your state. The text boxes on the editable version can easily be changed to make them more specific for you. It is $3.00 for my work, but there are 3 different versions of the sheet in each of the packets for you to customize.
Here are the previous posts about Calendar, where you can pick up your free copy of the sheets, as well as see a video about it all!
What questions do you have???