Dates games, worksheets, stories and songs

38 pdfs and other teaching ideas for comprehension of and pronunciation of dates. If you like anything here and want to help me put up more, please support this blog.

Related pages

Months page

Time expressions main page

Ordinal numbers page

Teaching dates articles

How to teach dates in English – LINK UPDATED

Games to practise dates

The eight block games in the eighth section of this article – LINK UPDATED

Photocopiable dates classroom activities

Dates The same or different game

Guess the date from the hints game

Stacking races game (cardinal numbers, ordinal numbers, dates, days of the week, months and times)

Months and dates memory game

Put the dates in order games

Guess the dates Warmer cooler game

Days and dates True or false game(including lots of months practice)

Seasons vocabulary games (including months practice)

Months hangman guessing game (with suggested things to say about each month)

Dates songs

The Calendar Song (quite funny one about eating ice cream all week and all year with, unusually, both days of the week and months, but animation a bit rubbish)

Time for another year (names of months song on LearnEnglishKids – good tune and nice animation but maybe a little fast)

Dates stories

1999 was a Strange Year months story (teaching months forwards and backwards)

Twelve Jobs a Year months story

Lucy wasn’t Impressed months story

Twelve hats for Lena by Karen Katz (some difficult vocabulary, but short pages with nice rhymes and pictures – link to read through on YouTube)

How do I say it today, Jesse Bear? (quite difficult vocabulary and some pictures and events quite culturally specific, but some key words that students can catch, and then they can brainstorm other things for each month – link to read through on YouTube)

The turning of the year by Bill Martin Jr (link to reviews on GoodReads)

Lighting our world, a year of celebrations by Catherine Rondina (haven’t seen this book, but two pages per month so probably can drill with it and discuss some of the pictures and words on each page – link to reviews on GoodReads)

Chicken soup with rice (song with pictures by Maurice Sendak – quite difficult vocabulary, but pictures are amusing and make the meaning clear, so could just drill the dates as you turn the pages and describe each page – link to song with pages of the picture book on YouTube)

CalendarBears, a book of months (looks like it might be useful, but no read throughs online and probably difficult to get hold of – link to reviews on GoodReads)

A Busy Year by Leo Leonni (a good, proper story, but very difficult to simplify)

January rides the wind, a book of months (too poetic, but pictures could be useful – link to reviews on GoodReads)

Around the year by Elsa Beskow

April Rabbits by David Cleveland (link to kids acting the story out on YouTube)

Updated 20 July 2022