Time and Money:
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 ¼ 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.
- First, find the current month, and find the
square that represents today's date.
- 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.
- 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
- The youngest math students can literally count
the number of squares until they have reached their birthday.
- 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.
- Put a sticker on the square for your special
day, and write your name.
- 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!