Activities & Lesson Plans - 3rd & 4th Grade Newsletter The Elusive Perfect Game

Grade: 3rd-4th


June 7, 2010 | Grades 3&4

In This Issue: World Cup Soccer, A Swing at Perfection, Letter Me ThisKick It!
On June 11, soccer fans from around the world will gather around TVs, laptops, and iPhones to watch the kickoff of the 2010 World Cup of Soccer. The lucky fans in South Africa don't need any gadgets to see the games; they will be cheering from the stands. Thirty-two teams take the field for the month-long contest, and all 32 will be sharing the same goal—to win the World Cup for their country. 

Activity Ideas - Math

Key: South Africa local time (SALT) 
Mexico local time:
SALT - 7 hours = Mexico City time
Uruguay (Montevideo) local time:
SALT - 5 hours = Montevideo time
France (Paris) local time:
SALT + 0 = Paris time
Greece (Athens) local time
SALT + 1 hour = Athens time
South Korea (Seoul) local time
SALT + 7 hours = Seoul time
U.S. (New York City) local time:
SALT - 6 hours = NYC time
U.S. (Los Angeles) local time:
SALT - 9 hours = LA time

Use the TIME TABLE to answer these questions.
  • On June 11,  the first match begins in South Africa at 4 p.m. What time could fans in NYC watch it live? 10 a.m. (4 p.m. - 6 hours = 10 a.m.)
  • The first match is between South Africa and Mexico. What time will fans in Mexico City start watching? 9 a.m (4 p.m. - 7 hours = 9 a.m.)
  • The second match is between Uruguay and France, at 2:30 p.m. in South Africa. What time will it air in Uruguay? 9:30 a.m. (2:30 p.m. - 5 hours = 9:30 a.m.) 
  • What time will France fans tune in? 2:30 p.m.  (2:30 p.m. + 0 = 2:30 p.m.)
  • On June 12, South Korea plays Greece at 1:30 p.m. in South Africa. What time can South Koreans watch it? 8:30 p.m. (1:30 p.m. + 7 hours = 8:30 p.m.)
  • What time can fans in Greece tune in? 2:30 p.m. (1:30 p.m. + 1 hour = 2:30 p.m.)

Perfectly Good Sport
Nobody's perfect, but on June 2, Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga came pretty close. After retiring all 27 batters that stepped up to the plate, Galarraga was set to join an elite group of perfect-gamers. But a bad call by umpire Jim Joyce resulted in the game's first hit, ending Galarraga's shot at perfection. Joyce apologized after seeing on replay that the player was clearly out. Galarraga graciously accepted the apology, saying that he respected the umpire for admitting his mistake.

Activity Ideas - Language Arts

Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig was not swayed by the umpire's admission that he had made the wrong call, saying that the call would stand. Everyone from fans to former players have weighed in on the issue. What do you think?
  • Organize family and friends for a friendly debate.
  • Depending on the number of people, give each person or group 10 minutes to present an argument.
  • After each presentation, ASK: Having heard this argument, has anyone's opinion changed? If so, why?
Read the debateNew York Times Sees Both Sides 
Learning Tips: Emphasize Major Points 

The Winning Wordsmith
After a contest full of intimidating, impossible-to-pronounce words, Anamika Veeramani earned her place among the nation's best spellers. The 14-year-old spelled "stromuhr" correctly to win the National Spelling Bee. How do you spell "wow"?  

Activity Ideas - Language Arts
  • Hold a Silent Spelling Bee with family and friends as competitors. Designate one person to be the Keeper of the List.
  • Tell the List Keeper to choose at least 10 words from Merriam-Webster's "Frequently Misspelled Words" list. 
  • Have him or her read each word aloud, giving each person one minute to spell it.
  • Everyone will try to spell the same word correctly by writing it down on a piece of paper.
  • After completing the list, count the number of misspellings and correct spellings per word.
  • Analyze the results: How did the spellers in your group do? If the majority struggled with the words, then you are right in line with the average.
Learning Tips: 4th-Grade Spelling, 3rd-Grade Spelling 
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