Activities & Lesson Plans - 1st & 2nd Grade Newsletter Spelling Bee Winner

Grade: 1st-2nd


June 7, 2010 | Grades 1&2

In This Issue: National Best-spellers, Kickin' It in South Africa, Baseball Blunder 

Spelling Bee 2010 Gets TrophyThe Sweet Spell of Success
On Friday, June 4, the only thing hanging between Anamika Veeramani and $40,000 in cash and prizes was the word "stromuhr." The infrequently used medical term didn't phase the 14-year-old word whiz. Anamika spelled the word correctly to become the National Spelling Bee champ. She stood calmly onstage until the trophy was in her hands. Then she flashed a winning grin.
Activity Ideas - Language Arts
Anamika wants to become a heart doctor, so the fact that she won spelling a medical term makes a good story even better!
  • Think about what you want to be when you grow up. Write it down on a piece of paper and either draw or find a picture of something related to the job. (For example, a fire truck for a fireman.)
  • Come up with words that refer to a task, tool or other aspect of your chosen occupation. A reference site like Wikipedia might be helpful.
  • You may find that you don't recognize certain technical or unfamiliar words or terms. Take a shot at saying each one correctly by sounding out its different parts. 
  • Look the words up in an online dictionary, if possible. Listen to each word's pronunciation and repeat it yourself. Were you even close?
  • Select up to five new words from your list. Can you spell them all? Have a parent or friend quiz you.
Bonus: For the next week, try to use the words in conversation. See how many people ask you what they mean.
Learning TipsBreaking Apart Words Into SoundsReference Materials 

Visit Kideos
: You'll Bee Spellbound

Best Bee Moments
Say What?
Excited '97 Champ
Stress-fall Spelling

Goal Heard 'Round the World
Let the games begin! On June 11, the 2010 World Cup of Soccer kicks off in South Africa. The month-long tournament puts 32 of the world's best teams on the same playing field, but only one can win it all. 

Activity Ideas - Math
  • Draw eight medium-sized circles, to represent clocks, on plain paper.
  • Have your child write the numbers on the clocks, using an analog clock or a picture of one as a reference.
  • Discuss the clock's hour and minute hands.
  • Look at the schedule below. Tell your child you have made eight clocks, one for each game.
  • Help your child "set" the first clock to the time that the first soccer game will begin—10:00—by drawing the hour and minute hands.
  • Fill in the remaining seven clocks to represent the times on the schedule.
Starting Schedule
June 11
South Africa vs. Mexico   10:00 a.m.
Uruguay vs. France           2:30 p.m.
June 12
South Korea vs. Greece     7:30 a.m.
Argentina vs. Nigeria        10:00 a.m.
England vs. U.S.               2:30 p.m.
June 13
Algeria vs. Slovenia           7:30 a.m.
Serbia vs. Ghana             10:00 a.m.
Germany vs. Australia        2:30 p.m.
*Times are ET

Learning TipsTell Time to the Nearest Half Hour
Telling Time

Good Game, Bad Call
Pitcher Armando Galarraga of the Detroit Tigers almost threw the
perfect game—27 batters up; 27 batters down; and no hits, no walks, no errors. But a bad call by umpire Jim Joyce ended Galarraga's shot at perfection. Joyce apologized to Galarraga after seeing on replay that he had miscalled what would have been the Tigers' final out of the game. The pitcher accepted the apology, saying that he respected Joyce for admitting his mistake. 

Activity Ideas - Language Arts

  • Imagine that you are writing a letter to commissioner Bud Selig to ask him to award Galarraga the perfect game.
  • Identify the main idea of your letter, or the point that you want to make. 
  • Write down at least two reasons to support your argument. 
  • Which do you think will be more effective in backing up your request: facts or opinions? Facts.
  • Toward the end of the letter you write "Why didn't you decide to throw out the bad call". What punctuation would you use? Exclamation point, period, question mark.
  • Imagine that you decide to write a letter to pitcher Galarraga. You write "It's sooo unfair that you didn't get a perfect game". What punctuation would you use? Period, exclamation point, question mark.
  • Is the statement above a fact or an opinion? Opinion.
Learning Tips: Clarify and Organize IdeasPunctuation
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