Activities & Lesson Plans - 1st & 2nd Grade Newsletter Is It Time To Ban Best Friends?
July 16, 2010 In This Issue: Banning Best Friendships, LeBron James Upsets Fans, Smelling the Corpse Flower
Best Friend or Foe? Are best friendships the enemy of good social behavior among kids? Some educators think that pairing off can lead to bullying and cliques. Theyencourage kids to befriend peers equally. This concerns psychologists who say that especially close friendships help lay the foundation for healthy relationships as adults.
Activity Ideas - Language Arts Imagine that you are a reporter in Akron, Ohio, who is covering LeBron James' announcement. You use a voice recorder to be sure you get the comments of everyone in the room. Some of the quotes you recorded are below. Put the correct punctuation where it belongs.
Why would LeBron desert his fans? said Ima Upset. "Why would LeBron desert his fans?" said Ima Upset.
He has turned his back on the city of Akron said Tray Tore. "He has turned his back on the city of Akron," said Tray Tore.
My brother told me don't root for him anymore! said Wanda Whynot. "My brother told me, 'Don't root for him anymore!'" said Wanda Whynot.
Said Faith Fullfan I don't care where he plays. I still think he's a superstar. Said Faith Fullfan, "I don't care where he plays. I still think he's a superstar."
Learning Tips: Quotation MarksFlower Draws Nosy Visitors P.U.—talk about flower power! The "corpse flower" is a rare, beautiful flower with a not-so-beautiful scent, which has been described as smelling like rotting flesh. This hasn't been a problem for visitors to the Houston Museum of Natural Science; thousands have been waiting for days to see the museum's corpse flower bloom.
Activity Ideas - Language Arts The museum staff has named the corpse flower Lois and has given her a voice on Twitter.
Select a favorite doll, stuffed animal, pet or plant.
Imagine what it would say to you if it could—about you, about what it wishes it could do, where it would like to go, or what life is like when you're not around.
Write several brief journal entries from its point of view. Be sure to use the first person in your narrative, as if you are the doll, animal, etc.
You may want to research your "character" to be sure you get its voice right, i.e., dogs only see in black and white, so yours can't figure out why you only wear the colors black or white.