Activities & Lesson Plans - 3rd & 4th Grade Newsletter The Longest Match At Wimbledon

Grade: 3rd-4th June 28, 2010

In This Issue:
 Report From the World Cup, Longest Tennis Match Ever, July 4 Festivities

The World Cup Heats Up
After a strong showing at the World Cup, the U.S. Men's National Team lost to Ghana on June 26. The players went out kicking—especially Landon Donovan, who made a penalty kick to tie the match. The game went into overtime, but the U.S. never pulled ahead.

Activity Ideas - Language Arts
The Guardian provided readers with a list of Soccer World Cup Slang, which draws from South Africa's 11 official languages, including English. Here are a few of the terms, provided by Vivienne Hambly.

Diski (dis-ky) "Football in township slang"
Fundi (foon-dy) "An expert or knowledgeable person, from the isiZulu and isiXhosa word for teacher, umfundisi."
Jawelnofine (yar-well-no-fine) "Means anything from 'yes' to 'ok, yes, but I think you're being an idiot.' "
Laduma! (la-do-muh) "He scores! Shouted at every goal and originates from the isiZulu for 'it thunders.' "
Now-now "Reference to something that will happen soon, usually within a few minutes but also within a couple of hours."
Lekker (lack-er) "From the Afrikaans meaning great or good. An expression of approval."

Find the term that completes each sentence
  • My favorite sport is _____. I'm pretty good, too. a) fundi  b) diski
  • _____ man. That new Justin Beiber haircut looks great on you. How long does it take to blow-dry? a) Lekker  b) Laduma
  • I don't like to wait. I want everything done _____. a) now-now  b) jawlnofine
  • After studying these words, I will become a _____ on World Cup Lingo. a) diski  b) fundi
  • U.S. player Landon Donovan kicked the ball in at the last minute. _____ a) laduma!  b) jawelnofine
Bonus: Together with family or friends, come up with your own lingo around a sport, an activity or a family tradition.
Learning TipsSayings and Expressions

A Smashing Match at Wimbledon

John Isner smashed the record for longest tennis match ever—a whopping 11.5 hours over three days of play at Wimbledon. The American tennis player and his opponent, Nicolas Mahut, played an exhausting 183 games before Isner delivered the winning shot. Later he joked aboutbeing a little bit tired, which likely explains his loss on June 25 in only 74 minutes.

Activity Ideas - Math
Solve the following problems. Then explain how you found the answers.

  • How many minutes make up 11.5 hours? 690 minutes (11.5 hours x 60 minutes = 690 minutes.) Multiplied the number of hours by 60 because there are 60 minutes in one hour.
  • The previous record-holding longest game lasted 6 hours and 33 minutes. How many minutes is that? 393 minutes (6 hours x 60 minutes/hour = 360 minutes) (360 minutes + 33 minutes =  393 minutes) Multiplied 60 minutes by 6 hours to convert hours to minutes, then added 33 minutes.
  • The last World Cup took place in 2006. How many years will fans have to wait for the World Cup that follows the 2010 tournament? 4 years. (2010 - 2006 = 4 years) Subtracted the 2006 from 2010 to determine the number of years between contests
  • When will the next World Cup be held? 2014 (2010 + 4 years = 2014) Added 4 years onto 2010, based on the answer above.
Learning TipsExplain Your Answer In Many Ways

Free to Celebrate
On July 4th, Americans let freedom ring! Some cities and towns exercise their freedom by
celebrating Independence Day in unique ways: Philadelphia's 10-day celebration includes Hoagie Day, featuring a 1¼  mile long hoagie. Folks in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, kick off The Fourth with a midnight parade. Bald Head Island, NC, hosts a Sand Castle Competition, Family Olympics and a Ferry Fireworks Cruise. How will you celebrate?

Activity Ideas - Language Arts
We continue to tell the legends, m
yths and true tales of our nation's fight for independence and founding—Paul Revere's night ride, Betsy Ross sewing the flag, Francis Scott Key writing the Star Spangled Banner.
  • Select and research an important event in America's history. 
  • Together with a few family members or friends, come up with a short, dramatic play around the event. 
  • Write dialogue for the character(s), based on what you've learned.
  • Practice and perform the historic "short" for family on July 4th.
Learning TipsDramatic Interpretations of Stories

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