Monday, September 3, 2012

Interactive Calendar

Each day we begin with a fun interactive calendar routine on our Promethean Boards.  It’s one of our kids very favorite things to do.  What makes it so fun are all the songs that we have incorporated into the colorful slides.  We thought it would be fun to share a few of them with you as well as the template that we are using at the beginning of the year.

Click {here} to download a complementary copy of our beginning of the year calendar template.  We created the template as a pdf and then added moveable elements and media links using our ActiveInspire software.

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During the month of September we added several red, yellow and green apples in the right hand column that we will use to create a pattern each day.  There are also a few birthday cakes that we can use to show when students will be celebrating their special day.  There is also a link to Starfall at the top so we can log on each morning and do their calendar routine before we write the new date on our calendar.

  

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Here are some fun songs that reinforce the days of the week and months of the year.

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Throughout the month we always track what the weather is like.  We begin by checking the daily forecast on WeatherBug that has a live feed from our high school.

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We also use this time to reinforce the seasons.  This may be our kids favorite song of ALL!!!

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At the beginning of the year we begin tracking our days of school in an effort to get to our big 100th Day of School Celebration.  Each day we use the highlighter tool to shade in the day of school and we use this time to talk about number patterns and counting.

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Here are some great songs to use at the beginning of the year that reinforce counting to 20 and those tricky numbers in the teens.imageclick {here} to view video

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We also keep track of how many days of school we have had by using base ten blocks that we have added to this slide.

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Even though coin recognition and values are no longer part of our assessed standards we are still incorporating them into our daily calendar routine.  It’s one more skill that we feel like is important to be exposed to and it reinforces counting by 1’s, 5’s and 10’s.

We have added piles of pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters in the empty space to the right that we can slide onto the hand to make different amount of money.

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This slide was inspired by this catchy video.  If you are an American Idol fan you may notice that it was created by the song Pants on the Ground.  Luckily our kids are too young to remember that now!!!

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We’ve been learning to spell all of our color words and number words so on these slides we have inserted media files to all of our favorite Dr. Jean songs.

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So there you have it . . . everything we do each morning to make learning fun!!!

We promise to share additional slides and links to videos that we add throughout the year as we introduce new skills.

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23 comments:

  1. This looks great! I can definitely paste some of these slides into my daily promethean board calendar. Thanks so much for sharing!
    Yolanda

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  2. I need to do this! I just looked on Pinterest today for this exact thing but all I got were SMART board files. I hope I can figure it out.

    Stephany

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  3. I AM IN LOVE!!!! But I have a Smartboard and I was wondering if it works with Smartboard software?

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  4. I am pea green with envy! I don't have a Promethean Board! Our school only has them for 2nd grade on up!

    BTW - I just became your latest follower! I barely started blogging and am learning my way slowly but surely!

    ~Keri
    First Grade Crusade

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  5. This is awesome! I was just working on my September file and now I'll have some new things to add. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. SO SMART. I created calendar templates similar to this (not as cute as yours!) using my interactive software. It was a PAIN and now there are so many graphics in the file that it's super slow. What a great idea to create as a PDF and then annotate over it! LOVE :)

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  7. Love how bright and colorful these templates are! I am also wondering about how they might work with Smartboard? We use some of the videos that you have featured, but I found several more to add to our list. Thank you for sharing! :)

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  8. These look fantastic! I especially like the coins in the hand and will had it to my interactive calendar. I also added some of the videos to my list of ones to show. Thanks for sharing!
    Gwen
    Learning With Mrs. Brinn

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  9. We try and do the teen number song everyday! For some silly reason, they love the peace sign at the end of the movie and all shoot their hands up to display it! :)

    Sarah
    teachingiscolorful.blogspot.com

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