Tell students that calendars, and being able to read calendars is important. Show the monthly calendar. Explain that you can read at the top which month it is. This example is April. Then show the days of the month. April has 30 days. Explain to students that there are some months that have 31 days, and that February usually has 28 days. Tell students that some calendars have lighter numbers at the end of a calendar that belong to the next month, but they are not a part of April. (They also restart at 1 which shows them it is a new month.) Explain that the calendar also shows the days of the week. Show students where they can find all of the Monday's. Ask students if they can determine the dates that Tuesdays fall on. Then practice these skills with a set of calendars in which you can review these calendar reading skills.
Check that students are able to read a monthly calendar by asking the following question:
- What are the different things you can read on a monthly calendar?