Activities & Lesson Plans - 1st & 2nd Grade Newsletter 5/10/10 - A Week Of Books For Kids

Grade: 1st-2nd
May 10, 2010 | Grades 1&2
In This Issue: Of Online Importance, Kid Lit, Spend More for Soda

AnimalThe Internet BestWith all the online content these days, how do you know what's good? The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences can help. The Academy's annual Webby Awards honor good goings-on on the Web. Just ask Animal. The Muppets' cover of "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen was crowned Viral Video of the Year.

Activity Ideas - Language Arts
Webby Awards are known for their succinct speeches, which are limited to five words. SMITH magazine has made the six-word memoir famous.
  • Together with your child, pick an item to describe in a six-word sentence. Start with something familiar, like an apple. (I eat the sweet round fruit.)
  • Once you get the hang of it, try to tackle objects or concepts that are a bit more difficult. (A furry, friendly partner in crime.)
  • Discuss with your child the added importance of each word when you are limited to six.
Learning Tips: Letters, Words and Sentences

Books to Grow By
Children's Book Week (CBW), from May 10-16, invites kids and families to celebrate the wonderful world of words. Many libraries and schools hold special events. Go ahead, indulge your need to read. Thank a teacher while you're at it; many of us learned to love reading in the classroom.   

Activity Ideas - Language Arts
  • Discuss dialogue with your child. Explain that what characters say in a book can reveal important information and move the story along.
  • Point out quotation marks in a book or magazine article to show how dialogue is set apart.
  • Find a picture or illustration showing two or more people, animals or other creatures. 
  • Suggest that your child write down a few things that each character might say to the other. It can be silly, but ideally will include revealing information about the characters.
  • Have your child write down interesting bits of conversation that he or she hears. This will help you get the feel for how people talk in "real life."
  • Find a book with good dialogue. Together with a friend or family member, take turns reading what a character says. Take cues from the text as far as tone of voice, manner in which something is said, etc.
Learning Tips: Quotation MarksReading Aloud
Find Good Books: Children's Choices Booklist

Is the Glass Half-Empty?
Health officials are giving soda the cold shoulder, saying it is a big part of the nation's obesity epidemic. More than 30 states now tax the sugary beverage in an effort to discourage people from drinking so much. The average American consumes 50 gallons of sugar-added drinks a year. California and New York are among several states considering an even higher soda tax

Activity Ideas - Math

  • Have your child measure 8 ounces of liquid. Tell him or her that 8 oz is considered one serving. 
  • Pour the liquid into a glass he or she normally uses. Compare the measured liquid to the amount he or she usually drinks.
  • Pour a bottle of juice or soda or a fast-food soft drink into a glass. Compare that amount to the 8 oz portion. 
  • ASK: Is 8 oz more or less than you usually drink? Do store-bought beverages come in large or small portions?
Bonus: Line up 10 two-liter bottles of soda. Tell your child that each year, the average person drinks almost enough soda to make 10 rows of 10 bottles, like the one you've created.
Learning Tips: Compare Using Estimations
Game of the Week
Game of Week

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