Activities & Lesson Plans - 3rd & 4th Grade Newsletter 1/8/10 - Tallest Tower Ready For Visitors

Grade: 3rd-4th

January 8, 2010 | Grades 3 & 4

In This Issue: World's Tallest Building; Kids' Books Ambassador; Wild Horse Roundup

World's Tallest Tower Opens

Soaring 2,717 feet into the sky, the building tops the former record-holding skyscraper by more than 1,000 feet. Burj Khalifa opened on January 4 surrounded by admirers and a blaze of fireworks. The tower will house apartments, offices, a hotel and a mosque, among other things. It graces the skyline of Dubai, a sheikdom that is a member of the United Arab Emirates. 


Slideshow: Building Burj Khalifa

Activity Ideas

Newcomer Burj Khalifa isn't the only reason to look up; you can find skyscrapers of breathtaking heights throughout the world. Share this list of the world's tallest buildings with your child.

  • Burj Khalifa is 2,717 feet tall. 
  • Shanghai World Financial Center: 1,614 feet tall. 
  • Jin Mao Building: 1,381 feet tall.
  • Willis Tower: 1,451 feet tall. 
  • Taipei 101: 1,667 feet tall. 
  • Two International Finance Centre: 1,362 feet tall.
  • CITIC Plaza: 1,280 feet tall.
  • Petronas Towers 1&2: 1,483 feet tall.
  • Trump International Hotel & Tower: 1,389 feet tall. 
Order the buildings by height from greatest to smallest. 

(1. Burj Khalifa; 2. Taipei 101; 3. Shanghai World Financial Center; 4.&5. Petronas Towers 1&2; 6. Willis Tower; 7. Trump International Hotel & Tower; 8. Jin Mao Building; 9. Two International Finance Centre; 10. CITIC Plaza)

  •  Graph the buildings by height. GET CREATIVE: Suggest your child find images of the buildings and cut them out or draw them, to illustrate the graph.
  • ASK: What is the difference in feet between the tallest and the least tallest buildings? (1,437 feet) How many feet separate the top two buildings? (1,050 feet) If you stacked all of these buildings on top of each other, how tall would the resulting structure be? (Count Petronas Towers as a single structure.) (14,344 feet)

Homework Help: Answer Questions About GraphsCompare Numbers Up To 10,000

More Resources: Visit KidInfo for links to graph tutorials, types of graphs and more.

Game: The Number System

The Queen of Kids' Books

This month Katherine Paterson begins her reign as the new National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. Paterson authored Newbery Medal-winning books Bridge to Terabithia (1977) and Jacob Have I Loved (1981), among others. During her two years as ambassador, Paterson will work to remind and inspire parents and kids of the joys and importance of young people's literature.


Read More: School Library Journal; The New York Times


Activity Ideas
Reading / Writing

 Have your child make a list of his or her favorite books. Choose one, then:

  • Write about a character in the book that you especially like. Imagine that you want to tell a friend all about this character. Use adjectives and adverbs to describe the character. Include details about the character's appearance, likes and dislikes, habits and activities, experiences, problems, special skills, etc.
  • Discuss the ways that the author conveys a character's mood or tone—exclamation points in dialogue, actions such as rolling eyes or sighing loudly. Find examples in the text.  
  • Read aloud a chapter or two, using different voices for each character and the right expression and tone according to his or her mood. 
Learning Tips: Writing Descriptions; 4th Grade Reading Aloud
Game: Fiction or Nonfiction Jeopardy!

Wild HorseWild Horse Roundup

At the end of December, the Bureau of Land Management began a two-month roundup of wild horses in northern Nevada. The aim is to remove about 2,500 mustangs from public and private lands. Federal officials say the move will protect the habitat of a variety of wildlife—wild horses included. The horses will receive veterinary care upon capture and will eventually be put up for adoption.

News Watch: Video of Roundup
See Photo Slideshow:
National Geographic Magazine

Activity Ideas

Tell your child that more than 3,040 wild horses were living in northern Nevada as of September.

  • If 3,040 is three times what the land can support, about how many horses can the land support? (3,040 ÷ 3 = 1,013 - rounded from 1,013.33)
  • How many horses will need to be removed to reach that amount? (2,027)
  • Officials plan to capture 2,500 horses. Estimate the difference between 2,500 and 2,027: (500). Now, calculate the exact amount:  (473)
Learning Tips: Divide Large Numbers By a One Digit Number

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