Activities & Lesson Plans - 1st & 2nd Grade Newsletter 4/9/10 - Next Stop: Everest

Grade: 1st-2nd

April 9, 2010 | Grades 1&2
In This Issue: I Is for iPad, A Scrabble Rule Shakeup, Kid Is King of Mountains

Apple's Latest Pick
As of Thursday, Apple reported selling 450,000 iPads in less than a week. Diehard fans couldn't wait out the initial growing pains. After rushing to buy the tablets, they have been sharing real-time experiences, impressions and frustrations in blogs, on Facebook, and through tweets.

Activity Ideas - Language Arts
  • Together with your child, discuss the name of the iPad. ASK: Do you think it's a good name or not? What would you have named it?
  • Point out the fact that the second letter not the first is capitalized. ASK: Does it look like a mistake to you? How might this make the product stand out?
  • Divide the word into its two separate parts. Discuss the power of using the word "I." ASK: What does it make you think of? Does it indicate a personal relationship between the device and its owner? 
Learning Tips: Capitalization

Scrabble GameOld Game, New Rules
Scrabble is hoping to score big in Britain when a new version of the popular board game hits the shelves. In the rule-bending edition, celebrity names and other proper nouns will be fair game. None of this will effect players in the U.S. On game boards across the country, Americans have reportedly been spelling the words "phew" and "relief"!

Activity Ideas - Language Arts
  • Play a game of no-rules words with your child. Have him or her write a word he or she especially likes in the middle of a blank piece of paper.
  • Use a letter from his or her word to come up with your own word. It can be the first letter of your word, or somewhere in the middle or the end.
  • Take turns building off of each new word. Words can be silly, short, long, names of friends and family—remember, no rules.
  • After you are done, suggest your child try to write a short paragraph using as many words as possible. 
Learning Tips: Letters, Words and Sentences

High Hopes
At 13, Jordan Romero is well on his way to completing his life's goal—reaching the summits of the highest peaks on all seven continents. By the time he was 10, Jordan had climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak. He was the youngest American to do so. Now he has set his sights on Mount Everest.

Activity Ideas - Math
  • Together with your child, imagine all the things you might see climbing a mountain. Ask him or her to identify the different shapes that nature can take. (For example: triangles: mountains, a bird's beak, the point where a branch meets the tree trunk; circles: sun, moon; lines: streams [curving or straight]; etc.)
Learning Tips: Flat and Solid Shapes

Game of the Week

Letter Rip Game

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