Activities & Lesson Plans - 3rd & 4th Grade Newsletter 11/13/09

Grade: 3rd-4th

Grades 3 & 4
In the Know on the Go

November 13, 2009
These stories and events got us thinking this week.

America Recycles Day FlagAmerica Recycles Day
On November 15, what will you be doing? Recycling all those soda cans and holiday toy catalogs, of course. For 11 years, the day has been set aside to build awareness and encourage people to recycle and buy recycled products. So jump right in! See an aluminum can transformed. Watch the Story of Stuff. Learn about one reporter's quest to reduce.

Share this with your child: The average American discards 7 1/2 pounds of trash a day. 

  • ASK: How many people are in our family? What is our family's total trash heap? Imagine a street with 10 families just like ours. What would the garbage grand total be for the street? 
  • DO: Set a day that each individual carries around his or her trash. Weigh at the end of the day and see how you compare with the average. Have your child estimate the weight of each item in his or her pile. 
  • DISCUSS: In what ways could our family waste less? Explain that reusing items is a form of recycling. Brainstorm new uses for old clothes, toys, cereal boxes and more with your child.
Navajo Code Talkers
During World War II, a group of Navajo men created an unbreakable code that the U.S. Military used to communicate. The secret language itself remained top secret until recently. Now the men are being recognized as heroes for helping to end the war. 
  • Write a secret message using Navajo words. Have your child translate; then have him or her write a message and you translate.
  • Encourage your child to learn more about the Code Talkers. ASK: Why was it important for the U.S. Troops to use a secret language to communicate? Why might the Military want to keep the code secret long after the war had ended? Why is it important to talk about past events?
  • Recycle nouns and verbs with Clean Up Your Grammar.

World Series Win
The New York Yankees recently celebrated their championship with a ticker tape parade in New York City. This was the team's 27th World Series win. It didn't take long for Manager Joe Girardi to start talking about win No. 28. Baseball is a game of numbers; get into the game.

Share This: The highest batting average of the 2009 baseball season was .365. This means that the player got a hit 36.5% of the time he was at bat.

  • Watch MLB's World Series videos, past and present.
  • Use Baseball Almanac's Baseball Stats Calculator to figure out batting averages, on-base percentages and more.
  • Have your child find a favorite player's batting average; then ask him or her to convert the number to a percentage.
  • Play Decimal/Fraction/Percent Jeopardy.

Until Next Week: Keep Learning, Keep Growing, Keep Thriving. 

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