Are you excited for the new year? I am so ready to start fresh and jump in feet first. I absolutely LOVE January and the start of all things new (and it doesn’t hurt that it’s my birthday, too!). If you’re excited to try a new daily math approach this January, you’ve come to the right place. This set of easy, low prep math calendars is a great way to work on important math skills. Kids love the daily challenge, and you will love how easy and motivating they are! Read on to learn about the January Problem of the Day Calendars, and how to get a copy for your home or classroom.
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January Problem of the Day Calendars:
Not sure what these calendars are all about? This FREE download includes 2 one page, black and white calendars for the month of December. One for grades K-2 and one for grades 3-5.
Each day of the month includes a math problem, covering a huge variety of math skills.
The fun twist? Each day, the solution is equal to the date!
This means kids can know whether or not they’ve solved it correctly, and can make corrections if necessary.
This may also mean that some kids will try to write the answer without actually solving the problem. I’ve got some ways to help prevent that though!
Ways to Use the Math Calendar:
One way to use this is as a simple, daily warm up. This can be during morning time, as soon as kids come into class, or during your daily calendar time.
Allow kids to work out the solution independently and then discuss it as a group.
If you have kids who are likely to skip the math and just write the day’s date, require them to write out their thinking for how they solved it.
This would be an easy way to incorporate a daily math journal time.
Or you could simply use the daily problem as a class discussion starter and talk through different ways to solve it.
Once one child explains or shows how they can solve it, ask someone else to solve it differently.
Another really fun way to mix things up is to cut the calendar into pieces and have your kids solve it like a puzzle.
Print out a blank calendar page, and as they solve the problems they can glue them onto the correct dates on the calendar.
This will also eliminate the temptation to write the solution without actually doing the work.
Topics Covered on the January Problem of the Day Calendars:
- Addition and subtraction
- Comparing numbers
- Word problems
- Place value
- Math vocabulary
- Place value
- Addition and subtraction of 3-4 digit numbers
- Multiplication and division
- Long division (new)
- Adding fractions (like denominator)
- Elapsed time
- Word problems (1 and 2-step)
- Area and perimeter
- Math vocabulary
So I hope you and your kids love these calendars as much as I do, and if you have any other fun or unique ways to incorporate them into your daily school routine, please share in the comments!
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