Activities & Lesson Plans - 1st & 2nd Grade Newsletter Fourth Of July Celebrations

Grade: 1st-2nd June 28, 2010 

In This Issue: Celebrating July 4th, World Cup on Watch, A Record Match at Wimbledon   

Fun on the Fourth
On July 4th, folks across the country mark the holiday with parades, fireworks—and some unique local events. In Hot Springs, SD, people flock to watch the FireQuacker Duck Race, featuring yellow rubber duckies. New Harmony, Indiana, holds patriotic speeches. Other celebrations include a midnight parade and Family Olympics, to name a few.

Activity Ideas - Language Arts
  • Brainstorm words that people use around July 4th: free, flag, red, white, blue.
  • Think of words that rhyme with or sound similar to your list, i.e., free - me, flag - brag, blue - you.
  • Write a brief poem about the holiday.
  • Memorize and recite your poem for family or friends. 
Learning TipsRecite Poems, Songs and Stories  

World Cup Goes on Without U.S. 
On June 26, the U.S. Men's National Team lost its run for the Cup. The game against Ghana went into overtime after Landon Donovan's penalty kick tied the match; but the extra time wasn't enough for the Americans to pull through. Ghana won the match, 2-1.

Activity Ideas - Language Arts

The Guardian provided readers with a list of 
Soccer World Cup Slang, which draws from South Africa's 11 official languages, including English. Here are a few of the terms, provided by Vivienne Hambly.

Diski (dis-ky) "Football in township slang."
Fundi (foon-dy) "An expert or knowledgeable person, from the isiZulu and isiXhosa word for teacher, umfundisi."
Jawelnofine (yar-well-no-fine) "Means anything from 'yes' to 'ok, yes, but I think you're being an idiot.' "
Laduma! (la-do-muh) "He scores! Shouted at every goal and originates from the isiZulu for 'it thunders.' "
Now-now "Reference to something that will happen soon, usually within a few minutes but also within a couple of hours."
Lekker (lack-er) "From the Afrikaans meaning great or good. An expression of approval."
  • If possible, watch part of a World Cup match, or look at photos of the matches online or in magazines or newspapers.
  • Imagine that you are at the World Cup, watching an exciting soccer match. Write a story about what you see, hear and feel. 
  • Incorporate the slang words naturally into your story, as if you have picked up the lingo by being in the midst of the crowds.
Learning TipsWriting Short Stories   

Three Days of Play
On June 24, Wimbledon players and fans made quite a racket over the longest tennis match ever. After playing 183 matches over a period of three days, American pro John Isner beat his worthy opponent Nicolas Mahut. All told, they spent 11.5 hours on the court. The exhaustion caught up with Isner during a June 25 match, when he lost in a comparatively short 74 minutes. 

Activity Ideas - Math

  • On June 22, John Isner and Nicolas Mahut started playing at about 6:18 p.m. (British Summer Time). Play stopped at 9:07 p.m. Rounded to the hour, how long was their first match? About 3 hours  (9:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. start = 3 hours)
  • The match resumed Wednesday at 2:04 p.m. Play stopped at 9:10 p.m. due to darkness. How long did that match last? 7 hours, 6 minutes (9:10 p.m. - 2:04 p.m. = 7 hours, 6 minutes)
  • On Thursday, Isner and Mahut resumed play at 3:40 p.m. Isner won after 1 hour, 9 minutes. What time did it end? 4:49 p.m. (3:40 p.m. + 1 hour 9 minutes = 4:49 p.m. )
  • After the epic three-day match that ended on June 24, Isner was due on court the next day at 12 p.m. The match lasted 74 minutes. What time did it end? 1:14 p.m. (74 minutes - 60 minutes =  14 minutes) (12 p.m. + 1 hour = 1 p.m.) (1 p.m. +14 minutes = 1:14 p.m.)
Learning TipsTell Time to the Nearest Half Hour Game of the Week

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