Oceans of First Grade Fun is hosting a linky party on calendar walls vs. interactive white boards.
I've gone back and forth over the years as to have a concrete calendar wall or use my ACTIVboard. This year, I'm going back to the ACTIVboard and I'm cleaning up my flipchart.
This is a sneak peak:
Each day I will do a quick calendar and pattern activity, then each day has a special skill: Money Monday, Tally Mark Tuesday, Word Problem Wednesday, Time Thursday, and Fun Math Friday (misc.). I've linked the days of the week on each calendar to the corresponding day's page. They all link to the 100s chart then the weather page. The next page is going to be an index page of other prepared pages. I've got to clean up this file...it has a LOT of pages I've used over the years and I'm trying to get it streamlined so I can pull up the resources I need for a lesson quickly...down time is NOT good in first grade.
I will have a hands-on straw place value pocket chart and add the number of the day in school to a number line of some sort. I also might add a linking cube for each day in school...but the rest is on the ACTIVboard.
I've seen several people talking about the calendar booklets or journals. The year I used them I found they were SOOOooo time consuming. If I have problems with the kiddos not paying attention with calendar time this year, I might consider giving it another try.
Played around with it and this is what I came up with for an interactive calendar page (that students do at their seat during calendar time):
I tried to keep it simple. It has enough spaces for students to fill in the answer for the skill of the day and chart the weather for the entire month. They can also follow along on the 100s chart... and since we will be starting with counting, I put a 5/10 frame that can also be used as a place value mat. I can change that work area if I want to go along with skills (money, shapes, etc.) I plan on copying it front to back. I might copy off our monthly calendar as well for them to follow along, mark on, etc. If you like, I can add this page for a freebie (I'll change weather month to generic). **Uploaded to Google Docs...just click on either pic.