February 26, 2010 | Kindergarten In This Issue: Superman for Sale, Hot Dog Redesign, From Zzzs to All A's
Superhero Sellouts? The sale of Action Comics No. 1, a rare copy featuring Superman's debut, set a new record at $1 million. Faster than a speeding bullet a rare copy of Batman's debut, Detective Comics No. 27, sold for $1,075,500—smashing Superman's days-old record. Both comics originally cost 10 cents.
Activity Ideas - Language Arts
Stories and Literature
Discuss different types of reading materials with your child. Compare examples of comic books, newspaper comic strips, and graphic novels.
ASK: Are comic books and comic strips only about superheroes? What other main characters do you see?
How are comic books different from traditional books? (Illustrations in comic books tend to drive the story; Comic book story is mainly dialogue; Usually less text)
Suggest your child come up with a comic book character. Some questions to help him get started: Is the main character an animal, a superhero, a child? Does the main character have any special powers? If so, what are they? What does the character look like? Any unusual features? What is its name?
Encourage your child to draw the character and write a short story to create a newspaper-length comic book.
Game: Matching ShapesTake Time for a Nap A recent study indicates that a midday nap may help people learn and perform better later in the day. Participants took a test in the morning and again in the afternoon. Half napped for 90 minutes in between. The sleepers showed a 10% increase in learning ability.