We will discuss about the months and days in a year. There are 12 months in a year.

They are: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December.

The names of the months of the year, number of days in each month and their short form are as follows:

Months of the year 1st month January 2nd month February 3rd month March 4th month April 5th month May 6th month June 7th month July 8th month August 9th month September 10th month October 11th month November 12th month December |
Number of days 31 28 (or 29) 31
30 31 30 31 31 30 31 30 31 |
Short form Jan. Feb. Mar.
Apr. May June July Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. |

Close your hand into a fist and then count for the knuckles. We will see that all the months with 31 days are counted on the knuckles. The rest come in between the knuckles.

Always start with January on the knuckle of the forefinger then February on the space between this knuckle and the next knuckle and so on.

To find the number of days in a year we need to calculate

(7 × 31) + (4 × 30) + (1 × 28)

= 217 + 120 + 28

= 365

There are 365 days in a year. One year in four years has an extra day. A year with 366 days is called a leap year. Every fourth year is a leap year. The extra day is added to February which then has 29 days. Some of the leap years are: 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, etc.

How do we find the next leap year that comes after 2000?

We know, a week has 7 days. Now to find the number of weeks in a year we need to divide 365 by 7.

So, 365 ÷ 7 = 52 weeks and 1 day

We can learn from the calendar that:

7 days = 1 week

About 52 weeks = 1 year

12 months = 1 year

365 days = 1 year

366 days = 1 leap year

about 4 weeks = 1 month

10 years make one decade

100 years make one century

1000 years make one millennium

**Note:**

The years from 1900 to 1999 is known as the twentieth century.

The years from 2000 to 2099 is called twenty-first century.

The years 1001 to 2000 equal 1000 years that makes one millennium.

**Questions and Answers on Months and Days:**

**I. Fill in
the blanks:**

(i) There are …………. months in a year.

(ii) October months comes after ………….

(iii) …………. shows the year, month and days.

(iv) A leap year has …………. days.

**Answer:**

**I. Fill in the blanks:**

(i) 12

(ii) September

(iii) Calendar

(iv) 366

**II. Write T
for true and F for false.**

(i) There are 31 days in September.

(ii) There are 52 weeks in a year.

(iii) Leap year comes after 4 years.

(iv) December is the first month of the year.

**Answer:**

**II. **(i) F

(ii) T

(iii) T

(iv) F

**III.
Arrange the months of the year in correct order.**

June, July, August, January, February, November, December, March, April, October, May, September.

**Answer:**

**III. **January,
February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
and December.

**IV. Match
the following:**

(i) Day comes after Sunday (ii) Month having 28 or 29 days. (iii) Last month of the year. (iv) Third day of the week. |
1. Tuesday 2. December 3. February 4. Monday |

**Answer:**

**IV. **(i) → 4

(ii) → 3

(iii) → 2

(iv) → 1

**V. Write the number of days in the boxes.**

(i) January (ii) May (iii) March (iv) July (v) September (vi) December |
_____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ |

**Answer:**

**V.** (i) 31 days

(ii) 31 days

(iii) 31 days

(iv) 31 days

(v) 30 days

(vi) 31 days

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