Calendar Clowns Lesson Plan

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Grade level:



Students will demonstrate ability to relate addition and subtraction to the calendar.

Common Core Standards:

This lesson reinforces standard CCSS.Math.Content.2.MD.B.5 for grade 2.
Descriptions of the standards can be found here.

Warm-Up Activity:

Teacher projects an image of the current month’s calendar and asks students to indicate today’s date.  Teacher highlights today’s date.  Then teacher asks students questions about the calendar.


  • What is this coming Friday’s date?
  • We have a math quiz two days from today.  What is the date of our quiz?
  • Science fair projects are due on the 30th.  How many days until they are due?
  • Tanya the tiger’s cubs were born on the 13th.  They will open their eyes when they are two weeks old.  On what date will they open their eyes?
  • A brand new show will begin on the 27th.  Nannette and Suzette, the flying trapeze sisters, need three weeks to practice their new act.  On which date must they begin practicing in order to be ready in time for the premiere?
  • Eddie the elephant lives on a strict diet of plain peanuts and other wholesome foods.  He is only allowed to eat Cracker Jacks once every nine days.  The last time he ate Cracker Jacks was on the 12th.  When will he get his next sweet snack?

Each pair of students presents a solution to the class and describes the strategy they used to find the solution.

Main Activity:

Students should watch the instructional video for Calendar Clowns before playing on classroom computers or iPads.

Assessment Activity: Featured Animals at the Zoo

The local zoo features 16 animals in the month of July. The zoo has a strict schedule and needs your help in organizing the calendar. Answer the calendar questions by drawing each animal in its correct featured day.


Calendar Clowns Instructional Video (
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