May 10, 2010 | Grades 5&6 In This Issue: Children's Book Week, Soda Tax, Webby Awards Read Like a Kid AgainTuck Everlasting, How to Eat Fried Worms, The Very Hungry Caterpillar—what books made you sit up and listen or read through the night? Children's Book Week (CBW), from May 10-16, gives kids and families the chance to celebrate beloved classics and find great new reads. The best part? Kids get to vote on their favorite books, authors and illustrators of the year. Activity Ideas - Language Arts
Challenge your child to write a short story by building on CBW Story Starters or a story you start, i.e., "It was a dark and stormy night. Theo had almost convinced himself that dark and stormy nights were made-up storybook stuff until......"
Imagine that you are in charge of next year's Children's Book Week. It's up to you to pick a children's book illustrator to design the poster. Who would you pick? What would you like to see included in the poster?
Soda Wars Soda: It does the body bad, say health officials concerned about obesity. More than 30 states now tax the sugary, bubbly beverage in an effort to curb the average American's drinking habit—50 gallons of sugar-added drinks a year. California and New York are among several states considering an even higher soda tax.
Activity Ideas - Language Arts
Some people think that a soda tax is unfair and misguided, and that soft drinks can be a part of a healthy, active lifestyle. Others say its sugar-laden empty calories are making people fat. What side are you on?
Write an argument from the opposing view. Gather enough information to make your argument convincing—this will be a true test of your powers of persuasion.
Activity Ideas - Language Arts The Webby Awards are known for their succinct speeches, which are limited to five words. SMITH magazine has made the six-word memoir famous.
Challenge your family and friends to sum up a favorite movie, book, or show in five words, without including the title or character names. Then have others guess what movie, book, or show is being described.
Challenge your family and friends to sum up their day, their week, their year in six words or less.
Take a vote among family and friends: What do they mainly use the Internet for - entertainment, work, research? Graph the results.