February 26, 2010 | Grades 1&2 In This Issue: The Million Dollar Men, Hot Dog Redesign, A Sleep Survey
Comics With Muscle
The sale of Action Comics No. 1, a rare copy featuring Superman's debut, set a new record at $1 million. Faster than a speeding bullet a rare copy of Batman's debut, Detective Comics No. 27, sold for $1,075,500—smashing Superman's days-old record. Both comics originally cost 10 cents.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released a new policy statement on choking, with hot dogs topping the list of worst offenders. The AAP would like to see "choking hazard" labels on hot dogs, hard candy and other high-risk foods. The docs also called on manufacturers to reconsider shapes, sizes and textures when making food products for kids. Get Nostalgic: I'm an Oscar Mayer Wiener
Activity Ideas - Math Shapes
Share this with your child: Any food that has a cylindrical or round shape poses a risk.
ASK: What shape is a hot dog? (cylindrical) How might this be more of a hazard than another shape?
Together with your child, brainstorm ways that the hot dog could be redesigned to be safer.
Discuss and sketch different sizes and shapes and try to eliminate anything that might be risky.
Use Play Doh, Silly Putty or dough to create 3D models of a few shapes that seem the safest and also the most edible.
Compare Objects and MeasurementsNaptime for Know-It-Alls Falling asleep on the job may not be so bad. A recent study indicates that a midday nap may help people learn and perform better later in the day. Participants took a test in the morning and again in the afternoon. Half napped for 90 minutes in between. The sleepers showed a 10% increase in learning ability. Activity Ideas - Language Arts Writing
Discuss the results with your child.
Suggest your child keep a journal by her bed, to record how she feels before and after a regular night of sleep.
For one week, write down bedtime and time she gets up and total hours of sleep. Note any wakefulness during the night.
ASK: Do you think you're getting enough sleep? Try to adjust sleep schedule accordingly.