Activities & Lesson Plans - 5th & 6th Grade Newsletter Good Sportsmanship Wins Every Time

Grade: 5th-6th


June 7, 2010 | Grades 5&6

In This Issue: Soccer World Cup, Imperfect* Game, Spellbound by Top SpellersSoccer photoFutbol Fever
On June 11, futbol fans from around the world will gather around TVs, computers and iPhones to watch the kickoff of the 
2010 World Cup of Soccer. Thirty-two teams take the field throughout the month-long contest in South Africa. Who will you root for?

Activity Ideas - Math
  • If possible, use a World Time Zone Map for this activity. Tell your child that a time zone is a region on Earth defined by lines of longitude. 
  • It takes the Earth one day to make one complete rotation of 360 degrees. How many hours does it take? 24 hours. 
  • Throughout this 24-hour rotation, the sun hits different parts of the Earth at different times, which makes for different time zones. Each time zone advances by about one hour from the previous zone. How many time zones are there? 24 time zones.
  • Remember that time zones are defined by lines of longitude, which are measured in degrees. If the Earth turns 360 degrees in 24 hours, how many degrees wide is each time zone? 15 degrees. 360 degrees ÷ 24 hours = 15 degrees.
Bonus: Find the World Cup schedule at Use a World Time Zone Map to determine what time the matches will air in each team's home country. 
Game: Traveler IQ Challenge
Bad Call in Baseball 
Google the phrase "good sport" and you just might land on pitcher Armando Galarraga of the Detroit Tigers.
After pitching a perfect game—27 batters at the plate; 27 batters back to the bench—Galarraga was set to join an elite group of perfect-gamers. But a bad call by umpire Jim Joyce threw out any bid for perfection. Joyce apologized to Galarraga after seeing on replay that he made the wrong call. The pitcher said 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.
Write about it: Is Selig right?
  • YES: Some who agree with him say that an error is an error, whether it's made by a player or an umpire; the call should stand to preserve the "purity" of the game.  
  • NO: Critics of the decision argue that the player was clearly out, which means that Galarraga pitched a perfect game. He shouldn't lose out because of a bad call.
What do you think? Write a persuasive essay expressing your opinion clearly. Back up your argument with reasoning meant to sway people to your side.
Bonus: Stage a debate among family and friends. 
Read the debate
New York Times Sees Both Sides 
Learning Tips:
Writing Persuasive Letters and Campaigns

Spelling Victory
The competitors don't tackle each other and there's no pushing or checking. Still, the National Spelling Bee is a brutal, three-day contest where one minor misplaced letter levels players faster than you can spell "sesquipedalian," or "stromuhr" in this case. That's the word Anamika Veeramani, 14, spelled correctly to become the "Queen Bee."

Activity Ideas - Language Arts
  • Organize a Spelling Bee with family and friends. 
  • Give each person one minute to spell his or her word.
  • Use the list of Champions and Their Winning Words as the competition gets smaller.
Bonus: Hold "Speed Rounds" between two players at a time. Each player has 30 seconds to spell his or her word.
Think: Players will often ask for the word origin before spelling it. How is this helpful?
Learning Tips:
6th-Grade Spelling

Visit Kideos: You'll Bee Spellbound
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