Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Calendar Binders

We are LOVING our Calendar Binders!  Every day we complete calendar activities focused on Math Standards for Kindergarten (and beyond).  We start by opening our binders and filling in the calendar with the date.  As the year progresses, we will look for patterns by coloring the days differently.  
 Everyone sits together so they can help each other if necessary with a page.
 After we write in the date, we tally the number of days we have been in school.  Students are learning to "bunch the fives" and then we circle anytime we have a "ten".

 We use our place value chart to help with tallying.  Later in the year, we will add a place value chart to each student's binder.
 After tallying, we look at the weather for the day and graph it.  Seems we've had a lot of "cloudy days" recently!
 I model on the board with my own "binder".
 We add any birthdays or lost teeth to those pages and then we close with our September poem.  Today we counted "m's" in this poem.  Tomorrow, we are going to look for "s".

 We help check our friends' count for M's.
 The kids LOVE when it's time for the "Question of the Day"!  They are almost always able to answer them, but they are questions that make us think a bit.
 Today's question: "What is the opposite of hot?"
 Oh, oh, oh, pick me, pick me!  We all answered with a resounding "COLD"!
That's a little glimpse into how we start our day!

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