Using Calendars

Printable Version: 5_UsingCalendars

Learning Goals:

-Learner will be able to identify the components of a calendar and recite a complete date (day, month, and year)

– Learner will construct a weekly planner including the activity and the time it will occur


Materials: daily activity verb list, weekly/monthly planner, iPod/iPad, time vocab worksheet


Review: Review time by having learner identify different times on a demonstration clock – introduce time vocabulary such as ‘quarter to’ and ‘half past’ (use worksheet if needed)


Overview: America is very much a place where people live by the clock. The learner will need to develop a sense of time and learn how to organize their days so that important dates aren’t missed.



I. Verb Tense: Past vs. Present vs. Future

a. Briefly explain when you use each one and what happens to the verb in each case

b. Use daily activity verb sheet and write down each verb in each of the three tenses


II. Daily Activity Verbs

a. Present learner with verbs commonly performed throughout a day (see handout)

b. First, identify each verb (use image searches or act out the verb)

c. Prompt the following: When do you ____? Where do you_____?


III. Calendar

a. Using a calendar, go over the different days of the week and the months

b. A complete date: day + month + year (can they identify the correct numbers?)

c. How many days in month/a year? How many months in a year?

*Can the learner use a date to identify age?

d. Identify the seasons – which months are commonly associated with which season?

e. Create a list of new verbs associated with each season: What do you do in the winter? Fall? Etc.

*Learner might not be familiar with such activities as sledding, tubing, raking leaves, etc.  



I. Create a weekly planner (Review the daily planner from previous lesson)

a. Have learner identify things they will do/have done today

b. What time do they do these activities? Have them put it into a sentence: “8:00 a.m. – I go to work.”

c. What are they going to do tomorrow? Repeat “b” with future tense

d. Try to plan out learner’s entire week identifying important dates and routine activities

e. Input information into a physical planner or into a digital calendar (learner’s preference)

II. Monthly planner – extend the activity by organizing the learner’s schedule for the next month


Summary: Why do people use weekly/monthly planners? Is a planner helpful to the learner?





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