February 19, 2010 | Grades 3 & 4 In This Issue: Snowboarding's Shaun White, So Happy in Hawaii, Scottish Terrier is Top Dog
McTwist and Shine In his second trip to the Winter Games, snowboarding star Shaun White soared above the competition. Two Olympic gold medals may be just the tip of the halfpipe; White has indicated he plans to compete in the 2014 Olympics.
Tail: 1) The hindmost part of an animal; 2) Something resembling or suggesting this in shape or position
Bonk: To hit, strike, collide
Are any of the traditional definitions similar to snowboard meanings? Identify. Nose, Switch, Tail, Bonk.
Look up the origin of rodeo. How does the origin more closely resemble the way that the term is used in snowboarding? Rodeo, derived from rodear - to go round; rodear derived from rueda - wheel. The trick it describes involves a 360 degree spin, which is a full circle, or a 180, half a circle.
Nollie seems to be a combination of two words, based on meaning. Which words? Ollie and Nose. How does nose change the meaning of ollie? Adds definition "front end of the snowboard" to the action of an ollie.
Activity Ideas - Math Graphs & Charts Have your child conduct a survey of friends, family and neighbors.
Ask people what they like most about your town, based on five or so measurements decided upon by you and your child - Condition of roads? Amount of restaurants? Sense of community? Number of parks or public spaces? (Respondents can choose more than one measurement provided.)
Create or find images for each category, i.e., car for roads, smiley face for community.
Graph data using images.
Study the results: Is one feature an overwhelming favorite?
Analyze whether survey was biased or unbiased: Were the people you surveyed from different neighborhoods and age groups? Write a brief summary of the results.
A Scottie named Sadie fetched Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. The Scottish terrier bested a Doberman pinscher, C.J., the country's second-ranked dog. A crowd favorite—the golden retriever—didn't win any titles but lapped up the raucous applause.
Activity Ideas - Language Arts Speaking and Language Read the following sayings, then match each one with its translation.
Bark is worse than its bite. D
You can't teach an old dog new tricks. C
Barking up the wrong tree. B
Raining cats and dogs. A
A. Raining very heavily.
B. Making a mistake or false assumption in something you are trying to achieve.
C. People who find it difficult or impossible to change their ways or adjust to new ideas.
D. Acts threatening but is relatively harmless.
Bonus: Together with your child, come up with a saying based on a family member—human or "animal." See if family can guess what it means.