Activities & Lesson Plans - 1st & 2nd Grade Newsletter Sea Turtle YouTube Sensation

Grade: 1st-2nd


June 21, 2010 | Grades 1&2

In This Issue: Sea Turtle on YouTube, Harry Potter Park, Testing Toys for Lead
See Turtle SwimYouTube viewers can't get enough of an unidentified sea turtle's video diary. The clip of waves and water popped up online after a Coast Guard agent found a digital camera on the beach and posted its footage in an attempt to find the camera's owner. A Navy sailor came forward to claim it, but the starring sea turtle has chosen to remain anonymous. 

Activity Ideas - Language Arts

  • Sea Turtles migrate thousands of miles through the ocean. Imagine all the creatures they see along the way and all the adventures they have.
  • Learn more about the seven species of sea turtles—what they eat, where the females nest, their migration routes, etc. 
  • Select one sea turtle species that you particularly like. Write journal entries from its point of view as it migrates.
  • Use the following topics to guide you: One day the turtle swims by a coral reef; he's never seen such pretty colors! During the trip, he makes friends with a dolphin named Fin; they splash and play. A giant ship goes by; it makes the turtle feel so small. 
Learning Tips: Maintain Organization and Focus in Writing Harry Potter and the Endless Line
Thousands of Muggles waited anxiously to enter the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Florida. The Harry Potter theme park opened June 18; inside, visitors can stroll through the village of Hogsmeade, enjoy some Butterbeer, and admire the moving paintings and flying broomsticks.

Activity Ideas - Math

Two roller coasters—Dragon Challenge and Flight of the Hippogriffs—are ready to roll. The rides may look magical, but they couldn't keep up with the world's fastest (see below).

1. Kingda Ka, Six Flags Great Adventure, New Jersey                   128 mph
2. Top Thrill Dragster, Cedar Point, Ohio                                      120 mph
3. Dodonpa, Fuji-Q Highland, Japan                                            106.8 mph
4. Steel Dragon 2000, Nagashima Spa Land, Japan                         95 mph
5. Millennium Force, Cedar Point, Ohio                                          93 mph

Use the list to answer these questions.
  • If you wanted to ride the slowest coaster on this list, which would you ride? Steel Dragon, at 95 mph, or Millennium Force, at 93 mph?
  • Imagine that you wanted this list to only feature the top two roller coasters. How many would you have to remove? 3 (5 coasters - 2 remaining = 3 coasters)
  • Kyle wants to ride every roller coaster on the list. He has ridden 4 so far. How many does he have left? 1 (5 coasters - 4 rides = 1 coaster)
Learning Tips: Understand Addition and Subtraction 
Take a Virtual Ride at Kideos: Kingdom Ka

Toxic Toys
Parents and kids expect toys to be fun not toxic. But recent findings on the amount of lead in certain toys has many people buying from local mom-and-pop shops; small retailers can be more selective about the toys they choose to sell. Congress has passed child-safety laws that require regular testing, but many of the smaller stores say they can't afford it. Lawmakers are trying to hammer out a compromise without compromising kids' safety.

Activity Ideas - Language Arts

  • Think about your favorite game, toy or stuffed animal. 
  • How would you describe it to a friend? (Bouncy, red and round; soft and cuddly)
  • Come up with as many descriptive words as you can. Write a brief paragraph about the game or toy, without saying what it is. 
  • Ask family or friends to guess what you described.

Bonus: Imagine that you are a toy designer, and you want to create something kids will love. List the features that you think a toy needs to be fun, then describe what it does and draw a picture of what it will look like.
Learning Tips: Using Descriptive Words  
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