Activities & Lesson Plans - 5th & 6th Grade Newsletter 11/13/09

Grade: 5th-6th

Grades 5 & 6
In the Know on the Go

November 13, 2009
These stories and events got us thinking this week.


America Recycles Day FlagAmerica Recycles Day
On November 15, what will you be doing? Recycling all those soda cans and holiday toy catalogs, of course. For 11 years, the day has been set aside to build awareness and encourage people to recycle and buy recycled products. So jump right in! See an aluminum can transformed. Watch the Story of Stuff. Learn about one reporter's quest to reduce.

Share this with your child: The average American discards 7 1/2 pounds of trash a day.

  • Have your child look up the population of your town and your state. ASK: What is our town's garbage grand total? State's?
  • DO: Set a day that each family member carries around his or her trash, within reasonable limits. Weigh individual items. Do this for a few days. Ask your child to create a pie chart showing the trash breakdown by product and percentage.
  • Brainstorm ideas to reduce your family's waste.

Navajo Code Talkers
During World War II, a group of Navajo men created an unbreakable code that the U.S. Military used to communicate. The secret language itself remained top secret until recently. Now the men are being recognized as heroes for helping to end the war. 

  • Write a secret message using Navajo words. Have your child translate; then have him or her write a message and you translate.
  • Encourage your child to learn more about the Code Talkers. ASK: Why was it important for the U.S. Troops to use a secret language to communicate? Why might the Military want to keep the code secret long after the war had ended? Why is it important to talk about past events?
  • Play Word Scramble.

World Series Win
The New York Yankees recently celebrated their championship with a ticker tape parade in New York City. This was the team's 27th World Series win. It didn't take long for Manager Joe Girardi to start talking about win No. 28. Baseball is a game of numbers; get into the game.
  • ASK: What is the highest score you can get on a test? For baseball the batter with the highest score didn't even get close to hitting the ball 100% of the time. What does this tell you about the game of baseball?
  • Have your child look up a favorite player's batting average and then convert it to a percentage and a fraction.
  • Watch MLB's World Series highlights, past and present.
  • Use Baseball Almanac's Baseball Stats Calculator to figure out batting averages, on-base percentages and more.
  • Play Fraction/Decimal/Percent Jeopardy.
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