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  • 0:00 A Calendar
  • 0:54 The Yearly Form
  • 1:35 The Monthly Form
  • 2:25 The Weekly Form
  • 3:03 The Day
  • 3:48 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Yuanxin (Amy) Yang Alcocer

Amy has a master's degree in secondary education and has taught math at a public charter high school.

After watching this lesson, you will be able to look at any calendar, and you will know how to find the day, the month, and the year. You will see how using a calendar can help you keep track of your activities.

A Calendar

In this lesson, you will learn about using calendars. A calendar is a chart showing the days, weeks, and months of a particular year. Calendars are very useful tools. Knowing how you can use one will help you tremendously as you progress in your school and personal life. Calendars are used to keep track of special days, wedding anniversaries, parties, and other special events. Calendars are also used to keep track of homework assignments and when they are due.

Calendars come in various forms. They can come in a yearly form, such as this one.


Or they can come in a monthly form, like this one.


Or they can come in a weekly form, like this.


Or they can even come in a daily form, like this.


Each form has its own unique uses. Let's see for what each form is best suited.

The Yearly Form


Looking at this form, you can clearly see which year it is: 2015. You also see the names of all 12 months, and you can see how many days and weeks each month has.

The yearly form is best suited for looking up important days in a year. It shows you all 12 months and all the days in a month at once. You can circle days on which certain important things happen. For example, Sarah may want to circle the day of her parent's wedding anniversary, as well as the day she is leaving on her vacation, so she won't forget them. You will see the days of each month grouped together by weeks. In American calendars, the week always begins with Sunday.

The Monthly Form


This form shows you which month and which year you are looking at. You will know how many days and weeks are in that particular month. In this case, we are looking at the month of July in the year 2015. We see that this month has three full weeks and two partial weeks. It has 31 days.

In this form, you will see just one month of the year. Each day of the month has a little box in which you can write things in. The monthly form can be used to mark important events and days that happen in the particular month. For example, Sarah might want to note that on the 15th of July in 2015 she has a dinner date at 6:00 pm. She can write '6 pm dinner' in the box for the 15th of July. There is more room to write things down, so you can be more detailed, such as writing down doctor's appointments, dinner parties, or other events.

The Weekly Form


In the weekly form, you can see the days of the one week that is shown. It shows you the dates of the days shown, the number week it is, and the year. Sometimes, Saturday and Sunday are lumped together, but this depends on the agenda or calendar you use.

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