Activities & Lesson Plans - 1st & 2nd Grade Newsletter 4/30/10 - Horse Gallops Toward Guinness Record

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April 30, 2010 | Grades 1&2

In This Issue: Post-it Notes Hang in There, Mini Miniature Stallion, Sour Apples  
Sticky SuccessDidjya get the memo? This month the Post-it turns 30The handy yellow notepads emerged from teamwork and creativity; after one scientist discovered a formula for sticky stuff that could be repositioned many times, the other decided to use it to keep a bookmark in place. At 30, Post-its come in all different colors, sizes and shapes.   
Activity Ideas - Language Arts
  • Write each step of a task or activity on Post-its, one step per note. Don't forget to include the name of the task on one note. 
  • Stick notes to different surfaces throughout a room. 
  • Tell your child how many notes he or she is gathering, then get to work.
  • Once all the notes have been collected, put each step in the correct order. 
  • Adaptation: Don't identify the activity or task. Have your child guess as he or she gathers and orders the notes.
Bonus: Use Post-it notes to create an artistic masterpiece.
Post-it Note to Self: See some interesting creations - Post-it Stop Motion Animation, Post-it Stop Motion Art 
Learning Tips: Recounting In Logical Sequence
Tell your child's teacher about the Post-it Teachers' Activity Contest

Einstein and DogGalloping Toward Guinness Record
Some dogs—and at least one rabbit—are bigger. 
A pinto stallion named Einstein weighed 6 pounds and measured only 14 inches tall at birth, which is small even for his miniature breed. The New Hampshire-born horse may soon hold the Guinness World Record for smallest newborn horse.

Activity Ideas - Math & Language Arts
Sure, Einstein looks small in photos, but to truly get a sense of what a lightweight he is try these activities:
  • Measure and mark 14 inches on a large sheet of paper. Using the paper (or a ruler for approximate height) find things in or around your house that are about as tall as Einstein.
  • How light is 6 pounds? Find objects of similar weight (A stack of books? A bag of canned goods?), to see what it would feel like to hold Einstein. 
  • Research Einstein's breed, miniature pinto stallion.
  • Pretend that you are writing a letter to Guinness to let them know how small Einstein is—even for a miniature breed. Include a few facts to bolster your argument. 
Bonus: Visit the Guinness World Records site. Using some of the more unbelievable examples, come up with a list of records—some real, some not—and challenge family or friends to identify real from fake.
Watch Einstein in motion at Kideos.
Einstein's Baby PhotosApple Stock Soars
Apple shares hit an all-time high of $272.18 on April 23, a few ardent iFans started to rethink their early purchases; one noted that if a person who bought an original iPod in 2001 had used the $499 to buy Apple shares instead, he or she would currently have $14,513.78. That's a good chunk of change, but then again your money doesn't play your favorite tunes. 

Activity Ideas - Math

  • Talk with your child in simple terms about need vs. want. For example, we need food and water to survive; we want the latest gadget or toy.
  • Open a savings account with your child. Write down deposits and withdrawals in a passbook. 
  • Have your child identify a few goals for his or her money, i.e., maintain a balance of $100. 
  • Help your child think about how he or she would like to spend the "mad money" beyond the balance. Make a list prioritizing the stuff he or she wants.
Learning Tips: Add or Subtract 2-Digit NumbersUnderstanding Addition and Subtraction
Account Tips: How To Open a Savings Account With Your Child
Game of the Week

Counting Money Game
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