Capitalizing Days of the Week and Months of the Year
To become familiar with using a capital letter when spelling the days of the week or the months of the year.
Slips of white paper
Red coloring pencil
Two headings that read: The days if the week are capitalized; The months of the year are capitalized.
Language Arts journals and pencils,
Most Montessori teachers introduce this topic in Year 1 and review it as necessary in subsequent years, This activity can be presented in parts over one or several days.
PART 1: DAYS OF THE WEEK
Invite a small group of students to gather around a mat.
Announce to the students they will learn another rule about capitalizing
Invite the students to name the days of the week, beginning with Sunday.
Using a blank slip of paper and the red coloring pencil, print the first letter of one of the days of the week in uppercase.
Show the students the skip of paper. Ask if anyone knows which day of the week begins with that letter.
After a student has provided the correct answer, invite him/her to print the rest of the word, in pencil, on he slip go paper.
Place the label on the mat.
Continue as above until you have written down all the days of the week.
Invite a student to place the days of the week in order in the next column.
Place the heading, The days of the week are capitalized, at the top of the mat, reading it aloud as you do so.
Ask the students to copy the days of the week in their journals, taking care to capitalize the first letter.
PART 2: MONTHS OF THE YEAR
Present the months of the year in the same manner. Then place the heading, The months of the year are capitalized, at the top of the mat, reading it aloud as you do.
Invite the students to copy the months of the year in their journals, taking care to capitalize the first letter.
Make a poster of your weekly schedule. Take two pieces of 8.5×11 inch paper and tape them together so that you have a long horizontal piece of paper. Using a pencil and ruler, divide the paper into seven equal rectangles, one for each day of the week. Write the day of the week in each rectangle, starting with Sunday in the top left hand corner. For each day, write a sentence or illustrate an activity that you do on that day. For example, if you play soccer on Saturday, you could write , “I play soccer on Saturday.,” or draw a picture of a soccer scene (or both)in that rectangle. Hang your poster on the wall.
Make a poster of your favorite month of the year. On a piece of poster board, write the name of the month of the year. Decorate your poster with all of the things you like about this month: holidays, type of flowers in bloom, and more. Be creative. Use crayons, felt markers, or items that you can glue onto your poster, such as leaves, photographs and more.