The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released a policy statement on choking, with hot dogs topping the list of worst offenders. The AAP would like manufacturers to add "choking hazard" labels to hot dogs, hard candy and other high-risk foods. The docs also called on manufacturers to reconsider shapes, sizes and textures when making food products for kids.
Activity Ideas - Language Arts Oral Presentations Have your child imagine that he is writing a report about the AAP statement. Discuss the difference between facts and opinions, and the importance of including facts.
Frame a central focus for the report. (Hot dogs are a big choking hazard. What can be done about this?)
Research: Use various sources to find facts, details, and numbers to help readers understand the issue. (AAP website)
Identify compelling facts, details, and numbers to include. Be sure to choose a short list of key points. (Hot dogs cause 17% of food-related asphyxiations in kids under age 10; Toys that are a choking hazard have warning labels.)
Conclude the report with information about possible next steps. (What actions does the AAP recommend? How might manufacturers respond?)
Napping for Knowledge Falling asleep on the job may not be so bad. A recent study indicates that a midday nap may help people learn and perform better later in the day. Participants took a test in the morning and again in the afternoon. Half napped for 90 minutes in between. The sleepers showed a 10% increase in learning ability.
Activity Ideas - Math Together with your child, survey what a midday nap does for you and other family members. Find a day for your family survey and follow these steps.
Do a crossword puzzle, Sudoku, or play an educational video game during a set amount of time.
Make note of whether or not you finished, how well you did and how focused you felt.
Nap for 90 minutes midday.
Perform similar task as in the morning for same amount of time.
Again, make note of performance.
Discuss each person's findings. Did people feel they did better after a nap?