Activities & Lesson Plans - Kindergarten Newsletter 1/8/10 - Dubai Opens Tallest Tower

Grade: K

January 8, 2010 | Kindergarten

In This Issue: World's Tallest Building; Kids' Books Ambassador; Wild Horse Roundup

Burj Khalifa at nightWorld's Tallest Tower Opens

Soaring 2,717 feet into the sky, the building tops the former record-holding skyscraper by more than 1,000 feet. Burj Khalifa opened on January 4 surrounded by admirers and a blaze of fireworks. The tower will house apartments, offices, a hotel and a mosque, among other things. It graces the skyline of Dubai, a sheikdom that is a member of the United Arab Emirates. 


Slideshow: Building Burj Khalifa
Activity Ideas

Together with your child, look at a picture of a skyscraper. Point out that many tall buildings are rectangular in shape. 

  • Challenge your child to find shapes around the house. Is the table a circle or a square? What shape is your bed? What shape is the doorknob?
  • Scavenger Hunt: Search for smaller objects around the house that represent different shapes: circle, square, rectangle, triangle, octagon. Try to find one example of each within a set amount of time. 
Learning Tips: Circles and Other Shapes

The Queen of Kids' Books

This month Katherine Paterson begins her reign as the new National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. Paterson authored Newbery Medal-winning books Bridge to Terabithia (1977) and Jacob Have I Loved (1981), among others. During her two years as ambassador, Paterson will work to remind and inspire parents and kids of the joys and importance of children's literature.


Read More: School Library Journal; The New York Times


Activity Ideas
Reading / Writing

Talk with your child about his or her favorite books. Choose one, then ask:
  • Will you find the title of the book on the front or back cover? What about the author's name? What can you learn from looking at the cover?
  • Is there anything about the story that reminds you of your own experiences? If so, what? Are any of the characters similar to you? If so, in what ways? 
  • After reading the story, do you think the cover does a good job of showing what the book is about? Explain. 
Learning Tips: Identifying Parts of a Book; Connect Life Experience to Text

Wild HorseWild Horse Roundup

At the end of December, the Bureau of Land Management began a two-month roundup of wild horses in northern Nevada. The aim is to remove about 2,500 mustangs from public and private lands. Federal officials say the move will protect the habitat of a variety of wildlife—including the stampeding steeds. The horses will receive veterinary care upon capture and will eventually be put up for adoption.

News Watch: Video of Roundup
See Photo Slideshow:
National Geographic Magazine

Activity Ideas
Language Arts
Sort these words into the categories below: horse, cow, hamster, camel, parakeet, elephant, goldfish, chicken, pony, pig, dog, monkey, cat.  

  • Animals people ride: horse, camel, elephant, pony
  • Animals you would traditionally find on a farm: horse, cow, chicken, pig
  • Animals that people might have as pets: dog, hamster, goldfish, cat, parakeet
  • Animals that have feathers: chicken, parakeet
Come up with words that rhyme with horse, wild, mane, run, free, mustang.
  • Help your child write a short poem about a wild horse. Suggest that she or he draw the horse. 


Learning Tips: Sorting Words By CategoryRhyming Words


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