Activities & Lesson Plans - 1st & 2nd Grade Newsletter 11/27/09

Grade: 1st-2nd

Grades 1 & 2 | November 27, 2009

In This Issue: A Presidential Pardon; Black Friday; Flu-Fighting Santas 

One Lucky Turkey
In the Thanksgiving tradition, President Barack Obama officially pardoned Courage the turkey on Wednesday. Some say the historic gesture dates back to 1865, when President Lincoln freed a fowl that his son, Tad, took pity on. Others say the tradition started with President Truman. 
  • Find the facts among the falsehoods about George Washington. Discuss ways that made-up stories might be used to reveal a historic person's real nature. 
  • Help your child come up with another myth from history; then quiz other family members or friends to see who knows the truth.
  • Make up a story about a pet or person in your family that reveals a personality trait. 

Computer Mouse and GiftBuy, Buy Friday
Three percent of consumers have finished their holiday shopping. As for the rest of us, our days are numbered: Black Friday kicks off the Christmas countdown. Armchair shoppers can find deals online and avoid the pain and suffering that comes with dragging kids from store to store. To shop smart—on your smartphone—check out these toy-safety tips.

  • COUNT: Help your child make change—identify the number of quarters in a dollar; the number of dimes, nickels and pennies.  
  • Play Matching Money

Santa, Sanitized
Lest you have an encounter with a busy mall Santa, don't fret: A new tradition may ease some H1N1 fears. At least one of the red-suited organizations has decided to make hand sanitizer a part of the lap-sitting, wish-granting ritual. Learn more about this jolly germ-free holiday plan and get flu facts.

  • ASK: What are important ways to protect ourselves from the flu? 
  • DO: Help your child make a list or a drawing that will remind family members how to fight germs; hang up by sink or elsewhere as a reminder.
  • SINGHappy Birthday with the Jackson Five, then sing it again with three cute critters. The CDC recommends 20 seconds of hand-washing—roughly two "Happy Birthday" renditions—to properly fight germs.

NPR 50 Game Changers In Music Story
Musical Notes

Find something for everyone—or at least something for everyone to argue about with NPR's "The Decade's 50 Most Important Recordings." If you traveled for Thanksgiving, consider this moving playlist. 
  • PLAY: Hum or whistle a song your child likes and ask him or her to name it. Then have him or her hum and you guess!
  • Explore kids' music that even parents can enjoy.
  • Together with your child, create a family-fun playlist, with one or two favorite songs per person.
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