Activities & Lesson Plans - 1st & 2nd Grade Newsletter The Future Of Plastic Bags

Grade: 1st-2nd


June 14, 2010 | Grades 1&2

In This Issue: Say No to Plastic Bags, Sleep 10 Hours, Gates Gives $1.5 Billion
Buh-Bye, Plastic BagAmericans go through about 90 billion plastic bags each year. North Carolina's Outer Banks, California and Washington, D.C., have taken steps to reduce use of the bags. Several California cities have plastic bag bans, and lawmakers are considering a statewide initiative. 

Activity Ideas - Language Arts

Imagine that you are writing promotional material for a campaign called "People Against Plastic Bags." You want the material to be interesting and motivating. Here are some exercises and tips to get you started. 
  • Think about the saying, "Reduce, re-use, recycle." It uses alliteration, the repetition of initial consonant sounds in two or more neighboring words or syllables. This makes the saying catchy and easier to remember.
  • Come up with a saying using alliteration. For example: Bring your own bag; Pass on the plastic.
  • Come up with a saying that rhymes, i.e., Campaign, explain, refrain; Refilling can be thrilling.
  • You will also want to include numbers and facts to show people why it's important to "bring your own bag."
Learning TipsUsing Learning and Alliteration in Poetry

Sleep Yourself Smart

Here are two good bedtime stories: After 10 hours of sleep, football players ran faster. Preschoolers who followed a bedtime routine got smarter. These findings came out of two independent studies. Researchers at Stanford University said that non-athletes may not see the same speed bump as football players; either way, the results indicate the importance of a good night's sleep

Activity Ideas - Math
Imagine that your family wants to get 10 hours of sleep each night. Based on each person's bedtime (below), determine the time they will get up. Use an analog clock to count ahead 10 hours.

Me: 8:00 p.m. bedtime, ______ wake up.  (6:00 a.m.)
Mom: 10:00 p.m. bedtime,  ______ wake up.  (8:00 a.m.)
Dad: 9:30 p.m. bedtime, ______ wake up.  (7:30 a.m.)
Big Sis: 9:00 p.m. bedtime, ______ wake up. (7:00 a.m.)

Your mom and dad want to get up with you. How many hours of sleep will they get if they don't go to bed earlier?

Mom: 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. = ____ hours. (8 hours.)
Dad: 9:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. = ____ hours. (8 hours, 30 minutes.)  

Learning Tips: Telling Time

Money to Help Mothers

In developing countries, mothers and children are especially vulnerable to health problems. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has said it will donate $1.5 billion to fund programs and clinics where women and children will get the highest level of care. 

Activity Ideas - Language Arts
Determine the cause and effect in each sentence below. Underline and label the cause; circle and label the effect. (We have underlined the cause and left the effect as is.)

  • After children in Africa got mosquito nets (cause), malaria cases were drastically reduced (effect)
  • Because the Gates Foundation gave money to fund vaccines (cause), thousands of children received life-saving vaccinations (effect)
  • The Gates Foundation is donating $1.5 billion to healthcare for mothers and newborns (effectbecause mothers and children in poor countries don't have access to quality care (cause).
Learning Tips: Recognizing Cause and Effect

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