If you’ve read my blog before, you know I am all about “spiraling” standards in the classroom. Spiraling just means that you teach, and continuously revisit standards throughout the year. This teaching method gives students plenty of opportunity to master a skill, and keeps the standards “fresh” all year.
Besides my Spiral Math Homework, Calendar Math is one of my favorite ways to review the standards every day. Basically, Calendar Math is a bulletin board of various math related tasks that usually use the current date, or the number of days in school, in order to complete the activity. The bulletin board is continuously built on throughout the year, until students are completing all activities as a daily review. Calendar Math can be done as a whole group, in small groups during centers, or independently.
Here is how it works in my classroom…
On the first day of school (day 1), I begin teaching my students how to complete the tasks on our Calendar bulletin board. I start off with the tasks I know they can complete at this point. These are usually the skills they should have from the year before.