Days of the week lesson-Let's Make a Puzzle!

Blank Jigsaw Puzzle Template This week we are beginning to learn about the calendar (though we do calendar everyday, so a lot of this is review!). To begin, we will open up with a song about the days of the week. Youtube is a great source for songs. I will be using a song by the Youtube channel Kids TV 123 (if you haven't found this channel you should definitely look it up. They have great children's songs). We will also read a poem about things we do each day of the week, then I will ask students to find the first day of the week, the second day of the week, which day comes before....etc. In groups, my kids will then construct a days of the week puzzle. You could do this individually, or have them work on this with a partner. This would also make a terrific math center. I am using a blank puzzle template available here.  My TA wrote the days of the week together and is cutting the pieces (this particular puzzle would be too tough for first graders to cut). It is time consuming, but if you prep ahead and/or have an assistant to help, it's a great activity for the kids to become acquainted with the days of the week. What activities do you do with your class to enforce knowledge of the days of the week?