I love spending some time each day looking at the calendar with my kids and learning things like the days of the week, and exploring math concepts by asking questions such as, “How many days until Daddy’s birthday?” or “How many more days are in January than February?” But lately, we’ve gotten out of the habit, as my kids know the days of the week, months of the year, etc. So I came up with a new idea to still spend some time with the calendar, but also having a quick and easy math review each day: a printable math problem of the day calendar!
This calendar is appropriate for grades 1-2, and covers a variety of math skills, including addition and subtraction, greater than or less than and word problems.
What’s unique about this calendar, though, is that the solution is equal to the day of the month.
So as my kids solve the problem of the day, they will also learn what day it is, and we can have other conversations related to the month of February as well!
This is a great opportunity to spark math conversations! (Find more ideas for Math Talk here).
Obviously, this could be a problem if they already know the date. Then they can “solve” the math problem without actually doing the math.
But I’m not concerned, because I will be doing this with them, and asking questions like, “Can you prove that’s the right answer?” or “Can you show me how you got that?”
And knowing what the solution is supposed to be is a great way for self-checking. For instance, if my daughter knows that the date is February 12 (and the solution should therefore be 12), but gets 14 as the answer, she will know to go back and fix her error.
I also tried to keep this printable simple, so it is just one page, with a box to fill in the solution right on each calendar day.
It’s also black and white, for easy printing, and so kids can color the fun February themed pictures if they want (my kids love to color, so I thought they would like that).
I’m hoping to continue this for each month of 2016, so if you like the idea and would like to see additional grade levels, let me know! 🙂
I hope you enjoy this printable math problem of the day calendar!