Activities & Lesson Plans - Kindergarten Newsletter 1/29/10 - British Boy Bikes For Haiti

Grade: K

January 29, 2010 | Kindergarten

In This Issue: M is for Multitask; Fundraising on a Bike; Hold the Popcorn, Please!


M Is for Multitask
What do kids 8-18 do when they're not at school or sleeping? Using smartphones, computers, TVs and other electronic devices. The Kaiser Family Foundation recently released Generation M2, a survey that found that kids spend more than seven and a half hours a day on entertainment media; and those who multitask pack an average of nearly 11 hours of media content into that same seven.

Activity Ideas

Tell your child that kids 8-18 spend about seven and a half hours busy with different media, and that some are doing more than one thing at the same time.

  • ASK: How many things do you think you can do at the same time without getting distracted? 
  • Challenge your child to see how many activities he or she can do at once: Sing Itsy-Bitsy Spider and hula hoop? Tell a joke while bouncing a ball?
  • ASK: Did you find some combinations more difficult than others? Discuss possible reasons for this.  

Fundraising on a Bike
Seven-year-old Charlie Simpson hopped on his bike to help children in Haiti. Charlie, from London, England, decided to raise funds by biking around a local park. He and his mom set up a web page where people could sponsor his ride. The response has been incredible; he has raised nearly $330,000 for UNICEF's Haiti Earthquake Children's Appeal

Activity Ideas

  • Together with your child, think of words that describe Charlie.
  • Read one or two news articles about Charlie to your child. 
  • Have your child draw pictures or use symbols (i.e., dollar signs for money raised) for some of the key parts of the story, in the order that they happened.

Learning Tips: Tell a Story in Proper Sequence
Game: The Perfect Pet

No Popcorn, Please!

Popcorn can be a healthy snack, but a bucket of movie popcorn is far from good for you. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) sent popcorn samples from three national theaters to a lab for analysis. The results made such foods as pepperoni pizza and French Fries look like broccoli and carrots in comparison.  

 Activity Ideas 

  • Explore the food pyramid with your child. Discuss the different food groups and why it's important for people to eat a variety of foods.
  • Together with your child, create a day's menu, to include the recommended servings of each food group.


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