Minds On

Calendar

Examine the calendar page for January.

What do you notice about the calendar page?

What do you think all the symbols might mean?

What kind of symbols would you use if you were making a calendar page?

Record your thoughts using a voice recorder, speech-to-text, or writing tool.

There’s a picture of the January Calendar. There are 7 rows and 7 columns. The first row begins from left to right with Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. The 6th column, Friday, is marked January 1st. There is an X for the first 1st, 2nd and 3rd of January. There is a start marking the 4th of January. There is a guitar marking the 13th of January. There is a snowflake marking the 27th, 28th, and 29th of January.

Action

Seasons

Brainstorm

Keeping track of the weather

What is the weather like in January?

What is the weather like in April?

August?

November?

Describe the weather in these months.

Consider the following:

  • Is there snow?
  • Does it rain a lot?
  • Is the weather hot, or cold?

In January, it might be cold, and there might be snow.

In April, it may rain a lot, and the temperature can be mild.

In August, it can be hot, and sometimes there may be thunderstorms.

In November, it can be chilly. Sometimes it rains, and sometimes it snows.

Consider the following images of the same tree during each of the four seasons.

There is a picture of the same tree in four different seasons.

There are 4 seasons in the year.

In Canada, the seasons are:

  • winter: which is from December 21 or 22 to March 19
  • spring: which is from March 20 or 21 to June 19
  • summer: which is from June 20 or 21 to September 21
  • fall (autumn): which is from September 22 or 23 to December 20

Which months do you think happen in the winter?

Which months do you think happen in the spring?

Press the ‘Hint’ button to reveal an example.

Use the weather to help make your decision.

Match the months to the seasons in Canada.

Press ‘Answer’ to reveal the months and their seasons in Canada.

The winter months are: December, January, and February.

The spring months are: March, April, and May.

The summer months are: June, July, and August.

The fall months are: September, October, and November.

Practice: Puzzles

Use what you learned to solve some puzzles.

Puzzle 1:

I am a month in the spring.

I have 30 days in my month. What am I?

To find out, let’s explore the spring months:

A calendar spread of March, April, and May. March has 31 days, April has 30, and May has 31.

Which of the spring months has 30 days? Is it March, April, or May?

Press ‘Answer’ to check your answer.

April is a spring month, and has 30 days.

Let’s try another!

Puzzle 2:

I am a month in the fall.

I have 31 days. Which month am I?

To find out, let’s explore the fall months:

A calendar spread of March, April, and May. March has 31 days, April has 30, and May has 31.

Which of the fall months has 31 days? Is it September, October, or November?

Press ‘Answer’ to check your answer.

October is a fall month, and has 31 days.

Consolidation

My calendar

Today, you learned about the seasons of the year, and which months are in each season.

To share what you learned, you will add to the calendar from the Minds On section.

A January calendar. There is a star on 4, a guitar on 13, and snowflakes on 27, 28, and 29.

This is a student’s calendar for January. They have marked important things on the calendar using symbols.

Answer the following questions using the calendar:

  1. There were snow days in January. Can you guess when those might have been?
  2. What do you think is happening on the 13th?
  3. There are three X’s and then a star. What do you think the star might represent?

Complete the January Student Calendar in your notebook, or using the following fillable and printable document.

  1. There were snow days in January. Can you guess when those might have been?
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  2. What do you think is happening on the 13th?
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  3. There are three X’s and then a star. What do you think the star might represent?
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Grade 1 Math Spatial Sense – January Student Calendar Press the ‘Activity’ button to access January Student Calendar. Activity (Open PDF in a new window)

This is a student’s calendar for January. They have marked important things on the calendar using symbols. A January calendar. There is a star on 4, a guitar on 13, and snowflakes on 27, 28, and 29.

Using the same student calendar, add the following to the calendar:

  • a circle to show there’s an appointment on the first Tuesday of the month
  • an upper case “G” to the 15th day of the month
  • the word “Stop” to the last day of the month
  • An event of your choice (choose your own symbol)

You can use the Mark the Calendar fillable and printable document to record your answers.

Grade 1 Math Spatial Sense – January Student Calendar Press the ‘Activity’ button to access Mark the Calendar.Activity (Open PDF in a new window)

A January calendar. There is a star on 4, a guitar on 13, and snowflakes on 27, 28, and 29.

Reflection

How do you feel about what you have learned in this activity? Which of the next four sentences best matches how you are feeling about your learning? Press the button that is beside this sentence.

I feel...

Now, record your ideas about your feelings using a voice recorder, speech-to-text, or writing tool.