Activities & Lesson Plans - 5th & 6th Grade Newsletter King James Leaves Cleveland

Grade: 5th-6th July 16, 2010 

In This Issue: LeBron James Leaves Home Court, Smelling the Corpse Flower, Are Best Friends Bad? Lebron James in Heat jerseyBig Bounce From Cleveland to Miami
A few days after July 4, basketball star LeBron James announced that he was leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to play for the Miami Heat. His decision to leave Ohio devastated fans who saw him as a hometown hero. The Cavaliers drafted James in 2003 when he was still playing high school ball in Akron, Ohio. After hearing the news, some former fans burned his jerseys; others called him a traitor. 

Activity Ideas - Language Arts

  • What assertion or statement can you make about the fans who burned James's jersey and called him a traitor? The fans are upset that he is leaving the Cavaliers, and they will no longer root for him.
  • An article about his announcement reads: "It was …. an emotional [moment] for James. He first stumbled over his words before finally declaring he was leaving Cleveland." Why did the reporter conclude James was emotional? James stumbled over his words; 'finally declaring' indicates he took some time to answer
  • LeBron said that his main reason for leaving was to win championships. Based on this, what conclusion can you make? LeBron didn't think that he would win championships as a Cavalier.   
Learning TipsMaking Reasonable Assertions With Accompanying Citations  Don't Stop to Smell This Flower
An especially stinky flower has been keeping Houston residents up around the clock. The rare "corpse flower" at the Houston Museum of Natural Science was expected to bloom during the week of July 12; the flower remained closed as of July 16. Named for its unusual scent—that of rotting vegetation and meat—the flower can reach heights of up to 10 feet. The museum has promised to stay open 24 hours a day until the bud blooms to accommodate thousands of visitors waiting to get a whiff.   

Activity Ideas - Math
  • As of July 13 the flower had grown to 64.25 inches. How many feet is that? Estimate your answer first, then calculate the answer. 5.35 feet  Estimate: If 12 inches make up 1 foot, and 12 goes into 64 about 5 times, then it would be about 5 feet64.25 feet ÷ 12 inches = 5.35 feet)
  • On July 11, the flower measured 63.5 inches. How many feet is that? Calculate, then check your answer. 5.29 feet  (63.5 feet ÷ 12 inches = 5.29 feet) Confirm answer: (5.29 feet x 12 inches = 63.48 or 63.5)
  • If the flower grew to 10.21 feet tall, how many inches would it be? Calculate your answer.122.52 inches  (10.21 feet x 12 inches = 122.52 inches)
Learning TipsLong Division and Division With DecimalsBFFs Call It OFF
For many parents, having a best friend was an essential part of childhood. Today, some educators and childhood experts think such close relationships are bad for kids, saying the exclusivity could lead to bullying or encourage cliquey behavior. A camp in New York has gone so far as to hire "friendship coaches" to encourage the campers to form friendships with everyone.

Activity Ideas - Language Arts
Many psychologists are against this movement, saying that close friendships help children develop the skills needed to maintain healthy relationships as adults.
  • What do you think? Write a composition expressing your viewpoint. 
  • Be sure to support your argument with anecdotes and concrete examples. 
  • Be respectful of people who think differently than you. Address their possible concerns thoughtfully within your composition.
Math Bonus: In a survey of 3,000 Americans ages 8 to 24, 94 percent said they had at least one close friend. How many people is that? 2,820   (3,000 x 0.94 = 2,820 people
Learning TipsWrite Persuasive Compositions
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