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About This Lesson Plan

SUBJECT
Reading, New Teacher Resources, Teacher Tips and Strategies, Language Arts

GRADE
K-1

DURATION
40 Mins

UNIT PLAN
Picture-Perfect Language Arts

Our Classroom Calendar

<p>Photo Calendar</p>

Photo Calendar

  

OBJECTIVE

Students will review the days of the week and months of the year, and learn how calendars serve as important organizational tools.

MATERIALS

  1. Our Classroom Calendar (PDF)
  2. Photo Permission Form (PDF)
  3. Special Offer (PDF)
  4. chart paper
  5. pencils
  6. crayons or markers
  7. digital camera
  8. Internet access

SET UP AND PREPARE

  1. Set up your classroom Collection at Shutterfly. Take photos of yourself and the classroom for parents to view online.
  2. Send home the reproducible Photo Permission Form (PDF) and invite parents to view your classroom photos online and upload their own family photos.

REPRODUCIBLES

  1. Our Classroom Calendar (PDF)
  2. Photo Permission Form (PDF)
  3. Special Offer (PDF)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Review the days of the week and months of the year, emphasizing the ways in which calendars help us to remember important dates.


  2. Using chart paper, list the days of the week. Review your weekly routine with students, including daily classroom activities. If you've already taken photos of several classroom activities-such as library visits, gym, art class-place prints of the activities next to the appropriate days.


  3. Have each student state his or her birthday month. Ask if there are any holidays or events that occur during this month. Discuss which birthdays occur in the spring, summer, winter, or fall.


  4. Distribute Our Classroom Calendar (PDF) Student Reproducible 3. Have students write down their birthday month and season.


  5. Have students draw a picture that represents their birthday month. For example, a flower can represent May, a beach ball can represent June, a leaf can represent September.


  6. Take digital photos of each student and his or her "birthday art." Then ask questions such as, How many people have birthdays in the winter? or Who is born in a month that begins with the letter J? Take group photographs of students who fall into these categories.


  7. Add the photos to your Shutterfly classroom collection.

Shutterfly Bonus Activity:

Use the birthday photos to create a personalized Photo Calendar at Shutterfly that can begin on any month of the year and includes students' pictures. (To create a Calendar, use Shutterfly's special offer.) (PDF) When you receive your calendar, display it in the classroom. Allow parents to view the Calendar at Back to School night so that they can see their children's pictures and view important upcoming school dates.

HOME CONNECTION

Use Shutterfly to send an invitation to parents that describes the lesson activity and encourages them to view the photos in your classroom collection.

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