Activities & Lesson Plans - 1st & 2nd Grade Newsletter Crash Test Dummies Retire To Smithsonian
July 23, 2010 In This Issue: New National Education Standards, The Smithsonian Crash Test Dummies, Sea Creatures in Australia The State of Education Twenty-seven states have adopted new national education standards in an effort to ensure students everywhere get an equally good education. Twelve more are expected to do so in early August. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has provided financial support to the effort, which includes President Obama's Race to the Top competition. States with enough points by August 2 will receive a share of $3.4 million.
Activity Ideas - Language Arts Tell your child that graphs present information in an organized fashion. Review the different kinds of graphs.
Imagine that you are creating a graph to show which states have adopted the national standards. What kind of graph would you use? a. Pictograph of U.S. b. Pie graph showing how the contest money will be distributed. c. Venn diagram comparing Massachusetts state standards with the new national standards.
How would you identify the states that have adopted the standards? a. Provide a list and let people find the states themselves. b. Make them a different color than the rest of the map. c. Write "adopted national standards" in each state.
The pictograph will need a key. What does a key do in this case? a. Opens a door. b. Shows how the information is identified. c. Provides background information.
Activity Ideas - Math Actors Tony Reitano and Whitney Rydbeck played Vince and Larry; it took 45 minutes to get in and out of costume. Use this information to answer the questions; you will need an analog clock.
If the producers plan to start filming the commercial at 12:00 p.m. sharp, what time should Tony and Whitney start putting on their costumes? 11:15 a.m.
The commercial shoot takes 4 hours. At what time do Tony and Whitney get to take off their costumes? 4:00 p.m.
When will they be free of their costumes? 4:45 p.m.
Tony and Whitney have a 1½ hour break for lunch. How much time would they have to eat if they took off their costumes? No time.(1 hour = 60 minutes; ½ hour = 30 minutes) (60 minutes + 30 minutes = 90 minutes) (45 minutes + 45 minutes = 90 minutes)
Learning Tips: Telling TimeThe Sea Creatures From Down Under Say cheese! Scientists have photographed never-before-seen sea creatures by placing high tech cameras on the ocean floor. A six-gilled shark and octopus with a shell are just a few of the curious-looking species living beneath the Great Barrier Reef. The scientists plan to identify the deep sea dwellers and in so doing, protect them from extinction.
Activity Ideas - Language Arts Imagine that you are describing a rare discovery that you just made; it's so rare in fact that no one but you has seen it, and you don't have a photo.
Select an animal, insect, fruit or vegetable and describe it in great detail.
Write a paragraph about your "discovery" that includes information on its appearance, behavior, smell and taste, if applicable.
Challenge friends or family to guess what it is, based on your description.