With the rise in popularity of portable gadgets that have more than one function, CDs have become a piece of technology that can be retrofitted to become portable educational games or even a simple calendaring device to teach students concepts of time like months, weeks, and days (or to put at your desk).
Materials needed: CD Case, reusable paper (manila folders, theater posters)
How to make a CD Calendar:
Step 1: Take apart your CD case. Hold on to the paper insert for now
Step 2: Gut the CD case (the CD, the inserts, and the backing that actually holds the CD in place).
Step 3: Now gently separate the two sides of the CD case. Then place the back of the CD case face down on a table, as seen above, and snap the front of the case back on, but the opposite way that is was attached before.The CD case cannot close now, but the top cover should be able to stand up with ease.
Step 4: Use any scrap paper you have that is easy on the eyes. Here, we use an old filing folder.
Step 5: Trace the CD insert on the paper you are using. This saves you time and allows you to skip the step of measuring with a ruler.
Step 6: Decorate! Collage, sticker, and draw to customize the calendar.
Step 7: Slip the image into the CD case.
You can also place pictures, to do lists, or goals instead of the calendar-it all depends on your needs. If working with students, have them decorate holidays. This can also be adjusted as a way to teach the times table or other math concepts like multiples.