Sunday, February 7, 2016

Calendar Math

I had the pleasure of being observed the first week back at school last month and to top it off... it was Wacky Tacky Day!
I started planning for my observation lesson over winter break. The first place I looked was my district's Third Grade Math Curriculum Framework. I found a link to a model lesson on the VDOE, Calendar Math. After reading through the lesson I knew how I wanted my observation lesson to go. I would be day two of a six day unit on Math SOL 3.12: The student will identify equivalent periods of time including relationships among days, moths and years as well as minutes and hours.

My administration is into the 4 C's, have you heard of them? When they observe us they're looking for Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration and Communication. I tried to keep that in mind as I designed my lesson for the hour.
After my students took their 9's Multiplication Quiz I had them play the Calendar Game (communication, collaboration) that is in the model lesson from the VDOE. As pairs finished the game, they transitioned into the hallway for Calendar Task Card (some people call these activities Scoot, I call them Scavenger Hunts) completion. The cards were taped on the wall and students walked up and down the hallway recording their answers on this Recording Sheet (critical thinking).
As individuals finished the scavenger hunt with the Calendar Task Cards I handed them a "Design a Calendar" sheet (creativity) which had an activity from the journal/writing prompts section of the VDOE model lesson. Students then had the remainder of the math time to work on their own calendar.

Links to Documents in this Post:
Calendar Scoot Cards
Calendar Scoot Recording Sheet
Create a Calendar Design Brief


  1. Hi Jessica,
    I love how you spiced up the VDOE calendar lesson!! I will definitely have to save this for next year, as we have already covered that SOL or I just might use it during SOL review. This will get them up and moving. I relocated to VA in 2014 and went from 2nd grade to now teaching 3rd. I haven't blogged in over a year as I had been extremely busy settling into life in VA. I'm looking forward to net working with you and other VA bloggers. I remember years ago when I had my class website you reached out to me and added my class page to your website when you had websites listed by grade level. I was a 1st grade teacher back then teaching in a small town in SC. I will never forget that!!
    Thanks for always being an inspiration and for sharing your hard work and love for teaching!!
    Ms. Jones’ Junction

    1. Oh my goodness, I do remember you! Welcome to VA... welcome to 3rd grade! Please email me if you need anything I am more than willing to help!

  2. Sounds fantastic! I am certain it went very well! Your students are so lucky to have you. 😀

  3. Awesome job and ideas as usual. Thanks for sharing.