Days of the week are a very important topic for children to learn and understand. Days of the week provide a more concrete concept of time for children. Years need to be broken down to months, days, hours, minutes, and seconds. Every day is independent. A week is comprised of seven individual days that include morning, afternoon, and evening. Yesterday, today, and tomorrow are extremely important concepts to understand when learning about the days of the week. Understanding the terms yesterday, today, an tomorrow allow for children to reference when things happened in the past, and when they will occur in the future.
Cookie's Week. By Cindy Ward. Illus. by author. 1997. 32p. Puffin. 9780698114357. Gr. preK - 1.
Cat lovers will adore this book! Follow a mischievous kitten on each day of the day week through fun illustrations and context. This book will help children better understand the days of the week as well as the terms yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Diary of a Wombat. By Jackie French. Illus. by Bruce Whatley. 2003. 32p. Clarion Books; American ed.edition. 978061831368. Gr. K-1.
Diary of a Wombat is adorable and entertaining. Children will enjoy reading about the daily activities of a wombat. Breaking the day into morning, afternoon, and evening will also help children understand the timing of the days of the week.
One Monday Morning. By Uri Shulevitz. Illus. by author. 2003.48p. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 9780374456481. Gr. preK-1.
The illustrations in this book are beautiful. Children will enjoy the story of a queen, prince, and small boy as they visit each day of the week, and bring new friends each day.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar. By Eric Carle. Illus. by author. 1994. 13p. Philomel. 9780399226908. Gr. preK-1.
Enjoy the colorful and vibrant illustrations as the hungry caterpillar eats his way through fruit and treats.
Today is Monday. By Eric Carle. Illus. by author. 1997. 32p. Puffin. 9780698115637. Gr. preK-1.
Today is Monday, also a catchy children's rhyming song is brillant. Carle creates colorful and vibrant animals that will catch childrens' eyes.
Activities on days of the week
This website provides a weekly schedule where children can include corresponding activities according to the days of the week!
Everything you need for days of the week
Charts, worksheets, desk decoraters, and more. This website offers a variety of options to learn and teach the days of the week.
Fruity fun and The Very Hungry Caterpillar
This website offers interavtive and creative ideas in teaching days of the week, including using Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Reading games for days of the week
This website great lesson plan ideas for learning days of the week. It also provides some games to follow up the lesson.
The Adam's Family & The days of week!
Combine the two, and you have a very catch tune for learning the days of the week! This site offers lyrics to help learn the days of the week.
VA Standard of Learning
K.8 The student will identify the instruments used to measure length (ruler), weight (scale), time (clock: digital and analog; calendar: day, month, and season), and temperature (thermometer).
1.11 The student will use calendar language appropriately (e.g., names of the months, today, yesterday, next week, last week).
Background Information from Curriculum Framework
- Selecting from among various measuring instruments and determining which can be used to solve various real-life problems are introduced at this level.
- A precursor to connecting tools to a type of measurement is an introduction to the concepts of length, weight, time, and temperature.
- Practical situations are appropriate to develop a sense of the interval of time between events (e.g., Boy Scout meetings occur every week on Monday: there is a week between meetings).
- The calendar is a way to represent units of time (e.g., days, weeks, and months).
- Using a calendar develops the concept of day as a 24-hour period rather than a period of time from sunrise to sunset.