Activities & Lesson Plans - Kindergarten Newsletter 3/26/10 - A Reading Streak

Grade: K

March 26, 2010 | Kindergarten

In This Issue: Bedtime Books, An Almost Perfect Bracket, Math and Science Study

Tomato Says Sorry BookRead, Read, Read!
When Jim Brozina's youngest daughter, Kristen, entered fourth grade, he suggested they read together before bed 100 days in a row. "The Streak" was his way of stretching their nighttime ritual beyond the age that her older sister had decided she'd outgrown it. His plan was a great success: the two kept reading until his daughter left for college—3,218 consecutive nights later.  


Activity Ideas - Language Arts
Reading & Writing

  • Challenge your child to a read-a-thon. Together, set a time period during which you will read together every night. 
  • After finishing a book, ask your child questions about the text: Who was the main character? What was his or her name? Where did the character live?
  • Help your child mark your number of reading days on a calendar, noting each book and the amount of time spent reading it.
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Learning Tips: Characters, Settings and Important EventsAsk and Answer Questions About a Text

Almost Perfect
The 2010 NCAA Basketball Tournament has been upsetting—to top teams, mostly. Several teams with low seedings have beaten better teams, and this has turned fans and their brackets upside down. Against huge odds, Alex Hermann, 17, had a perfect bracket after the first two rounds. Alex, who has autism, said his math skills helped him with his predictions. On Thursday, Butler beat Syracuse in an upset, ending Alex's winning streak.

Activity Ideas - Math

Share this with your child: Basketball games, baseball games and other sporting events provide ample opportunity to use your math skills. 

  • ASK: How do we use numbers in basketball? (Answers can include: to determine which team is winning, to identify players, to control the amount of players in the game, to count each team's baskets, goals, points, etc.)  
  • Tell your child that each basketball team in the NCAA Tournament is given a number; this number represents how successful the team has been at winning games. No. 1 is the best.
  • Look at an up-to-date bracket. Point out each team's seed, and help your child determine whether a team has a winning record or a losing record based on the numbers.
Learning Tips: Count Up To 30

A Study on Science and Math
A recent report revealed that more men than women pursue math and science careers. That seems to be changing, as more women are receiving doctorates in science, technology, engineering or math. Still, stereotypes and cultural biases continue to hold some women back.

Activity Ideas - Language Arts
Share this with your child: Many female scientists and mathematicians have made contributions to our society, but we don't always learn about them.   
  • Together with your child, research women scientists and mathematicians from the past and the present
  • Remind your child that the stories that you are reading about these women are true. 
  • Have your child choose one woman he or she thinks is especially interesting. 
  • ASK: What do you like about this person? How do you think this woman's success story might inspire children to study science or math?

Learning Tips: Fantasy vs. Reality

Game of the Week
Game Classroom

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