Activities & Lesson Plans - 1st & 2nd Grade Newsletter Wii Has A Heart

Grade: 1st-2nd

May 24, 2010 | Grades 1&2

In This Issue: Get Moving With Wii, Learning More at 94, The Seattle Storm 

Wii playWii Must Get Moving
The American Heart Association has teamed up with Nintendo Co. in an effort to get people off the couch. Studies by AHA have found that sedentary people don't exercise because it's just not fun. 
By endorsing the popular Wii video game console, the heart association hopes to motivate the 70% of people who don't get any regular physical activity.

Activity Ideas - Math
The CDC recommends that kids get at least one hour of physical activity each day. How many hours of physical activity is that per week? 

  • Get a calendar. Have your child mark each day of the week with one hour of play. Add up the total hours over seven days. 7 hours of physical activity.
  • ASK: How many minutes are in one hour? 60 minutes. Add up the number of recommended minutes per week. 420 minutes. 60 + 60 + 60 + 60 + 60 + 60 + 60 = 420 minutes.
Learning Tips: Addition, Subtraction and Equal Signs

Older and Wiser
After raising six children and watching her family grow to a combined 40 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, you'd think Hazel Soares would take it easy. Instead, the 94-year-old went back to school. This month Soares earned her degree from Mills College in California. Soares is the world's second oldest person to graduate from college

Activity Ideas - Language Arts

  • Divide a large sheet of paper into two columns.
  • In the left column, write the "Original Words" (found below left), which are associated with education. Then, in the right column write the "New Words" (found below right) in a different order from below.
  • Tell your child that the new words were formed by rearranging some letters in the original words, and by dropping and sometimes adding letters. 
  • Challenge your child to connect each new word with its original; draw a line between the two.
Original Words                       New Words 
college                                  glee
school                                   cool
graduate                                great
class                                    classy
back to school                       too cool

: Come up with your own list of words; then use them to form new words by rearranging, dropping and adding letters. See how many new words you can form from each original word.
Learning Tips: Changing Letters to Make New Words

Women's Basketball is Back

Fans of the Seattle Storm attend the games for the family-friendly atmosphere and maybe even the kids' dance troupe; they stay for the excitement of being court-side at a professional women's basketball game. As the NBA season winds down,
the WNBA is just getting started

Activity Ideas - Language Arts 

  • Together with your child, come up with active verbs commonly used in basketball, soccer and dance. (Dunk, run, leap, etc.)
  • Write one sentence for each sport, using the verbs that you came up with. 
Bonus: Use a Venn diagram to identify the similarities and differences between two different sports, i.e., soccer and basketball, basketball and baseball.
Learning Tips: Nouns and Verbs

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