Activities & Lesson Plans - Kindergarten Newsletter 3/19/10 - College Basketball

Grade: K

March 19, 2010 | Kindergarten

In This Issue: Ocean Crossing for Charity, Rules for Recess, College Basketball

A Helping Oar

After 70 days on the Atlantic Ocean, Katie Spotz rowed into the record books. The 22-year-old became the youngest person to row an entire ocean solo. Even more impressive? She raised $70,000 for charity.

Activity Ideas - Math

  • Tell your child that Spotz started her trip in December. She reached her destination in March. ASK: What can we use to count the number of months Spotz spent on the ocean? (Calendar.)
  • Her trip took 70 days. Help your child mark the days on a calendar. Then count the time in weeks.
  • Spotz got up each day at 6:00 a.m. Which time of day is that? (Morning.)
  • After two hours of rowing and time spent on other activities, she takes a nap at 12:00 p.m. Which time of day is that? (Afternoon.)
  • Spotz ends her long day of rowing at 8:30 p.m., when she goes to bed. Which time of day is that? (Night.)
  • Use a clock to count the hours in her day.

Learning Tips: What Time of Day Is It?

Rules for Recess
Hundreds of schools across the country are redesigning recess. Many educators say the changes have reduced bullying and behavior problems. Nonprofit organization Playworks has placed recess coaches in 170 schools. 

Activity Ideas - Language Arts

  • Come up with an animal but don't tell your child what it is. Give him or her directions that will help reveal what type of animal you are thinking of. (For example, for a worm the directions could be: Lay down on your belly. Keep your arms down against your sides. Slither or slide yourself forward.) 
  • Then let your child turn you into an animal by giving directions.

Learning Tips: Following DirectionsBasketball Madness
Spring fever isn't nearly as contagious as March Madness, the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. On March 18, 65 college teams joined the Big Dance. Stay tuned to nonstop coverage to see which college team will bounce to the top.

Activity Ideas - Math

  • What shape is a basketball? (Circle.)
  • What kind of shapes are on a soccer ball? (Pentagon.)
  • What shape is a football field? (Rectangle.)
  • Why aren't soccer balls square? (Flat sides would keep them from rolling.)

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