Activities & Lesson Plans - Kindergarten Newsletter 3/12/10 - New Look At The Mad Hatter

Grade: K

March 12, 2010 | Kindergarten

In This Issue: A Win for Women's History, Girl Scout Cookies Online, New Look at the Mad Hatter

Best Director Is a Woman

Kathryn Bigelow made history by winning Best Director at the Academy Awards. She is the first woman to take home a directing Oscar. "It's the moment of a lifetime," Bigelow said as she accepted the honor. Her film, The Hurt Locker, earned the award for Best Picture. 


Activity Ideas - Language Arts

Share this with your child: March is Women's History Month; this year's theme is "Writing Women Back Into History." Thirty years ago, five women founded the National Women's History Project, to highlight little-known accomplishments made by women.

  • Have your child describe a woman whom he or she admires. 
  • Discuss adjectives that we commonly use to describe people. 
  • Help your child choose adjectives that will help others understand what kind of person this woman is. 
ResourcesNational Women's History ProjectLibrary of Congress

Learning Tips: Describing People, Places and Things

Find Cookies on Facebook
Will door-to-door sales go out the window? For the first time ever, 
Girl Scouts are marketing cookies online. Simply enter your zip code to find a local troop selling Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs and other favorites.

Cookie sales add up to a $700 million business for Girl Scouts each year. Which kinds keep people coming back for more? See how the cookie crumbles below.

Best-Selling Girl Scout Cookies:
Thin Mints  25%
Samoas/Caramel deLites  19%
Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs 
Peanut Butter Sandwich/Do-si-dos  11%
Shortbread/Trefoils  9%
Other varieties (combined)  23%

Activity Ideas - Math

  • Help your child determine the ones and the tens place for each of the numbers above, as in the following example: Thin Mints: Ones place - 2. Tens place: 5.
  • Help your child round the percentages to the nearest ten, using this rule: increase the number by one if the next digit is five or more (round up); leave the number as is if the next digit is less than five (round down). Thin Mints: 30. Samoas: 20. Peanut Butter Patties: 10. Peanut Butter Sandwich: 10. Shortbread: 10. Other: 20.
  • Tell your child the problem involves estimation. Explain that estimates are not as accurate as the exact number. 

Learning Tips: Estimation

MAD HATTERMemorable Mad Hatter

Alice may be the main character in Lewis Carroll's book Alice in Wonderland, but the Mad Hatter is memorable for his eccentric behavior and colorful personality. How will actor Johnny Depp's portrayal add to the Hatter's infamy? Visit Kideos for the movie trailer featuring Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter.

Activity Ideas - Language Arts 
  • Together with your child, look at different kinds of books: Picture books and chapter books—if possible, borrow a copy of Alice in Wonderland from the library.
  • Have your child identify the following: Book Title, Author and/or Illustrator, Table of Contents, Chapters.
  • ASK: What can you learn by looking at the cover? Do the illustrations help you understand what is happening without reading the story? 
Learning Tips: Identify Book Title
Game: I Can Read!

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