Activities & Lesson Plans - 3rd & 4th Grade Newsletter 12/28/09 - Salvation Army Donations

Grade: 3rd-4th

December 28, 2009 | Grades 3 & 4
Happy New Year!

In This Issue: Salvation Army Gets Gold; Dissecting the Last Decade

Salvation Army Red Kettle Holiday Giving: Gold Coins

The Salvation Army's Red Kettle charity collections are as much a part of the holidays as candy canes and family gatherings. Volunteers ring bells outside of stores throughout the country, urging shoppers to toss in spare change. Every once and a while, someone drops in a gold coin worth hundreds or thousands of dollars. So far this year, gold coins have popped up in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Chicago, among other places.

Activity Ideas - How Much Can You Buy?

  • Imagine that you have $10. You decide to buy five apples. Apples are 50 cents each or five for $2. How much money will you pay per apple if you buy five for $2? (40 cents)
  •  You spend $1.20 on six bananas. How much are you paying per banana? (20 cents)
  • You've spent $3.20. How much money do you have left? ($6.80)
  • You want to buy blueberries, a pineapple and either one mango or one kiwi. One container of blueberries costs $3. The pineapple is $3.50. Mangoes are two for $1; the kiwi are 25 cents each. Do you have enough to buy a mango or a kiwi? (kiwi)
  • Now it's time to pay for the fruit. You give the person at the cash register your $10 bill. Do they owe you change? If so, how much? 
Learn More: U.S. Mint
Learning Tips:
Divide Total Cost to Find Cost of One
Game: Change Maker

Newsweek 2010 CoverageA 10-Year Review
How do you sum up 10 years? Bloggers, magazines and other members of the media are taking a shot at it, with a flurry of Top 10 Lists, photo essays, videos and stories. While we as adults remember life before Blackberrys, iTunes, wireless Internet and other tech toys, our kids have likely never had to use dial-up, never made a mix tape and never had a VCR eat a videotape. Now's the time to share how hard life used to be; it's our generation's equivalent of our grandparents' claims: "I walked 40 miles to school in 5 feet of snow, all uphill..."

Decade In Review: Newsweek 20/10

Naming the Decade: Time came up with a name 10 years ago. Throughout the U.S., various media outlets ask audiences to vote on possible names
List Mania: Best Children's CDs of 2009, Most Annoying Words, Best of the Decade: Kids' Literature 


Activity Ideas - Past, Present or Future?
Language Arts

  • You are reading an article that mentions past events and current events and makes some predictions about the future. How will you know whether something is written in the past tense? (The event has already taken place; the verb likely ends with -ed.)
  •  The article says, "The family walks their dog around the neighborhood. He wags his tail the whole way. He barks at the other dogs in the neighborhood." Is this about past events or events that take place in the present? How can you tell? (Present; when talking about events in the present, the verb usually stays as is or has an s on the end.)
  • The paragraph you're reading says, "The family will have hot cocoa when they get home. The dog will eat a doggy treat. Then they will play a game of Scrabble." Have these events already happened in the past; are they currently happening; or are they future events? How can you tell? (Future; future tense is usually formed by adding the word will before the verb.)
  • Write a letter to yourself, as if you are writing from the year 2020. How has life changed in 10 years? What does the earth look like; what do people look like? What new inventions have made our lives easier? Be creative!
Learning Tips: Past, Present and Future Tenses
Game: Verb Viper


Game of the week:
Bill Generator Mr. Nussbaum
Game Classroom and Kideos wish you a happy, healthy New Year!

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