Video: Days of the Week

In this video, we will learn how to name and order the days of the week.

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Days of the Week

In this lesson, we’re going to learn how to name and put in order the days of the week. There are seven days in the week. Here are seven pieces of paper with their names on. But in what order are the days of the week? They’re all jumbled up at the moment. Did you know different people start their week on different days? So don’t worry if the start of your week is different, but right now we’re going to start with Monday.

Do you know what day comes after Monday? It’s Tuesday. And after Tuesday, there’s Wednesday. Then comes Thursday, followed by Friday, then Saturday, and Sunday. Seven days make one week. And this is their order — Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, then Sunday. We’ve put the days of the week in a line. But what happens when we reach Sunday? What day is next?

Well, we start with Monday again. So perhaps it might be more helpful not to show our days of the week on a line, but in a big loop instead. Now we can see that they keep on going. And although in this video we’re counting from Monday, we could start from any day of the week and count seven days. Now you might be able to read the days of the week, but have you remembered them? Let’s say them aloud, starting with Monday.

But to make things more difficult, let’s rub out the word from this piece of paper and from this piece of paper. So the seven days of the week are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. Do you remember which one we rubbed out? After Wednesday comes Thursday, Friday, after Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Well, that was easy enough. But then again, all you had to do was read the words of most of them. They’re still written down. So let’s get rid of this one and this one. Do you remember the day we start from? Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

I think this is too easy for you. You know the order now. So we’ll get rid of Wednesday, Sunday. And you know what’s gonna happen next, don’t you? Come on, let’s do the whole thing from memory. And just to really test you, this time nobody is going to be saying the days of the week for you. You need to either think them or say them out loud. You ready? Go — . And if you found that difficult, just keep your eyes and your ears open. The days of the week are everywhere, on a mobile phone, in a TV guide, people talking on a bus, in school. You’ll see or hear the days of the week a lot. And every day, ask yourself, what day is it today? And you’ll soon learn the order. Now let’s answer some practice questions where we need to name and order these days of the week.

Complete the pattern: Monday, Tuesday, what, what, what, what, what.

All the whats in that question show us that there’s a lot of words we need to fill in. We’re given a pattern, and we need to complete it. And we call this a pattern even though it’s not to do with numbers or shapes because the words that we’re looking at go in a certain order. Can you see what these words are? We can see the words Monday and Tuesday. This pattern is the days of the week. We know there are seven days in the week. And some people start saying the days of the week on different days.

In this question, we’re starting with Monday. After Monday comes Tuesday. But what day comes after Tuesday? After Tuesday comes Wednesday, then Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and then Sunday. These are the days of the week in order. And once we finish this pattern every week, we start again. So the day after Sunday will be Monday again. We recognize that the pattern was the days of the week. And so, the missing days were Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

How many days are between Thursday and Monday?

To be able to answer this question, we need to know not only the names of the days of the week, but also their order. We’re given two days of the week, Thursday and Monday. And we need to find how many days are between them. And, of course, we know the word between means in the middle of. To help us work out the answer, let’s draw a timeline. And we’ll label all the days of the week in order. We’ll start with Monday. And then the day after Monday is Tuesday, then Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Those are our seven days of the week in order.

Now the first day that’s mentioned in our question is Thursday. We need to find out how many days are between Thursday and Monday. So where’s Thursday on our timeline? Let’s put a counter down to show. Here it is. It’s the day after Wednesday, but before Friday. Now the second day of the week we need to look for is Monday. Now we know there’s a Monday before Thursday, but we need to find a Monday that comes after Thursday. But where is it? We have Friday, then Saturday, then Sunday. But we don’t have a Monday. Well, what happens after Sunday?

After Sunday, a new week begins again. So there’ll be another Monday, then a Tuesday, and so on. Now we can put a counter down on Monday. And we can see which days are between Thursday and Monday. There’s Friday, Saturday, and then Sunday. There are three days between Thursday and Monday.

Anthony leaves his home on Thursday. He stays in a hotel for two nights and then returns home. What day does he return?

To be able to answer this question, we need to know the days of the week in order. To begin with, we’re told that Anthony leaves his home on Thursday. We’re then told that he stays in a hotel for two nights. What day of the week is the first night that Anthony stays in the hotel? Well, we know that Anthony goes to the hotel on Thursday. So we know the first night that Anthony stays is Thursday night. And he wakes up in the hotel the next morning. What day comes after Thursday? Friday.

So, so far, Anthony stayed in the hotel for one night. But we know he needs to stay there for two nights. So the second night he stays at the hotel is Friday night. So those are the two nights that Anthony stays in the hotel. He then returns home. What day does he return? In other words, what day comes after Friday? The day after Friday is Saturday. So we know that the day that Anthony returns home is Saturday.

What have we learned in this video? We have learned how to name and order the days of the week.

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