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Calendar Crazy


Today's Snack: We're going to be finding out how many more days until your next birthday, so let's make birthday party sandwiches! This will make enough for 6 to 8 servings, so adjust the recipe for fewer or more kids or adults. In a small bowl, mix C. butter, 1/8 tsp. salt, 1 T. lemon juice, and 3 oz. cream cheese. Using a round cookie cutter, cut circles from pieces of thin white bread, and twice as many circles from pieces of thin whole-grain bread. Spread a half-teaspoon of the cheese mixture on one side of each piece of bread. Lay one whole-grain circle down, top with a thin tomato slice, then add a white bread circle, a thin cucumber slice, and another whole-grain bread circle. Put a toothpick through each sandwich and serve.





A current year's calendar that includes next year's months and days, too

Colored marker | Tape or sticky-tack to post the calendar



An older student or adult can show the younger math students how a calendar works. You can literally "count the days" to your next birthday, using the calendar.


  1. First, find the current month, and find the square that represents today's date.


  1. Then, find the month in which your next birthday takes place, and find the square that represents the date. Put a scrap of paper to mark your place.


  1. If your birthday has already happened this year, most calendars will have a miniature version of the next year's months and dates on the back inside cover or elsewhere. You should be able to use that to count.


  1. The youngest math students can literally count the number of squares until they have reached their birthday.


  1. Math students who have studied multiplication can count the days in the first week, and then multiply by seven's for the remaining weeks to the birthday.


  1. Put a sticker on the square for your special day, and write your name.


  1. If you are in a class or group, you can keep an eye on the calendar to always be aware of your fellow students' birthdays as they approach!


By Susan Darst Williams Math 2010

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