We all want to pack in as much instruction as possible into our crowded schedules, and with so many standards moved to different different grade levels now, we have to be careful not to let anything slip through the cracks. What better way to fit in a lot of math in a little time that to implement a short, daily review? Lower grade teachers have been doing calendar routines for years, but as an upper grade teacher, I wasn't too sure where to start. So I researched what others were doing, and thought about what my 4th graders needed the most practice with and created a pretty effective routine for my kiddos.
I decided to include these daily/weekly routines to begin with:
- counting large numbers
- number line (using multiple markers based on Every Day Counts)
- date/day calendar questions
- daily depositor and coin counter (based on Every Day Counts)
- decomposing numbers
- rounding and place value
- elapsed time
- facts practice
My daily routine: I spend no more than 15 minutes total on this, so I don't always do every part every single day. We start with facts practice. Sometimes this is a timed drill sheet, or I use the links I put on the flipchart (file below). Then I pretty much follow the pages in my flipchart. Although we do the same activities every day, I like to keep it interesting by varying the way we do them. There are basically three formats I use on different days of the week:
- Whole group using the the IWB. Any student who is not at the white board writes the answers on their individual dry erase boards.
- Small group: I used poster board to make 5 calendar math posters. The posters have the same things on them that we do on the IWB (file included below). I just laminated the posters, and groups of about 4 work together to compete each section. The first group to complete every part correctly wins a treat.
- Individual: I created a worksheet that looks like what we do on the IWB, and students write in their answers on their sheets independently, then we check together.
Every 2-3 weeks I test the students using a sheet similar to the independent practice worksheet. I'm so glad I've implemented this! It's a lot of math in a short amount of time, and a great way to review those skills that need to stay fresh.
Now for the files. I've created a highly interactive Promethean flipchart that can be used on your whiteboard. There are also copies of the tests, worksheets, a PowerPoint version of the lesson (though not as interactive), and black and white printables to make your own small group calendar posters. Just click the link under the picture to download the zipped file. If you decide to download, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think.