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# Using a Calendar as a Teaching Tool (page 2)

By Steve Springer, M.A.; Brandy Alexander, M.F.A.; Kimberly Persiani-Becker, Ed.D.
McGraw-Hill Professional

Considerations

• Assign research projects related to the history of the date—for example, each student is assigned a date to research for that month and reports out on that day.
• Assign math problems that equal the date—for example, on the 14th of the month you could assign (3 + 4) x 4 ÷ 2 = 14, or if b - 6 = 8, then b = 14.
• Work with students to calculate the day on which a date would fall next year, in three years, etc.
• Work with students to calculate the percentage and fractional part of the total number of days in the month for any given date—for example, for the 4th of the month you could calculate 4 ÷ 30 = 2 ÷ 15 of the month, .1333 of the month, and 13% of the month.
• Use conversions to illustrate the date—for example, for the 3rd of the month you might use 3 feet = 36 inches, 3°C = 37°F, or 3 pints = 5 ⅜ gallons.
• Having students write a poem or journal entry using the same number of sentences as the number of the date—for example, for the 4th of the month, students would write four sentences for the assignment.

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