Months of the Year Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Can your students name all the months of the year? This lesson plan uses a fact-filled text lesson to outline key points for students and an activity gives students the opportunity to practice with the months of the year.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain what a month is
  • name the seasons and months of the year
  • list key facts about each month


45 to 60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.


Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.


Describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.



  • Begin by asking students to take turns sharing the month of their birth. Write each of the months mentioned in class on the board as the students present them.
    • Does the list on the board include all the months of the year?
  • Pass out the paper copies of the text lesson, one to each student.
  • Ask students to take turns reading aloud, one sentence each, from the introduction and 'Months' section of the text lesson.
    • What is a month?
    • How many months are there?
  • Have the students take turns reading aloud again from the 'Winter' section of the text lesson.
    • Which months are in the winter season?
    • Can you name the holidays that take place in December?
    • What is the weather usually like in January?
    • Which is the shortest month?
  • Tell the students to take turns reading aloud from the 'Spring' section of the text lesson.
    • Which months occur during the spring season?
    • How many days does the month of March have?
    • Which month is known for rain?
    • How can we remember the number of days in each month?
    • Which holidays are celebrated in May?
  • Instruct the students to read the 'Summer' section of the text lesson.
    • Which months are included in the summer season?
    • What holiday do we celebrate in June?
    • What is special about the month of July?
    • Which month has no holidays?
  • Ask the students to take turns reading aloud from the 'Fall' section of the text lesson.
    • Which months are included in the fall season?
    • What happens to leaves in September?
    • Which holidays take place in October?
    • Why is November considered the kick-off to the holiday season?
  • Have the class read the 'Lesson Summary' of the text lesson before continuing.
  • Distribute the worksheet to the class, one for each student.
  • Work together, as a class, to complete the worksheet.

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