In This Issue: Finding Pharaoh, Big-Screen Bash, Cook By Numbers
Ancient Treasures Unearthed Heads-up from Egypt: Archaeologists have discovered a giant red granite head belonging to a statue of Amenhotep III. The pharaoh ruled from 1387-1348 B.C., a time noted for peace and luxury.
Activity Ideas - Language Arts Tell your child that the ancient Egyptians created a form of picture writing known as hieroglyphics. At first, each image represented the actual object it depicted. Over time, the pictures came to represent an object's appearance, related ideas, and the sound of a spoken word that described it.
Together with your child, come up with five images that represent an idea or short sentence. (For example, a picture of a sun would stand for "It's a nice day!" A flower might mean "Spring is on the way.")
Have your child draw or find pictures for your image alphabet.
Challenge family members or friends to figure out what the pictures mean.
Recipe for Success Seventh graders at the Center for Creative Arts, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, are cooking the (math) books. The school's instructional coach started a program called Culinary Mathfor students struggling with the subject. Turns out, mixing math with cooking lessons can have some delicious results.
Activity Ideas - Math
Find a cookie recipe you would like to try. If you actually find the time to bake cookies, use them as props for some yummy problem-solving fun.
Line up five cookies. Tell your child "We have five cookies. If we eat two, will we use addition or subtraction to figure out how many we have left?"
We have 12 cookies coming out of the oven. If we want to figure out how many cookies we've made so far, would we add or subtract the 12?
Use the cookies to count to 10 by pairs: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10.