Activities & Lesson Plans - Kindergarten Newsletter 4/2/10 - The President As Pitcher

Grade: K

April 2, 2010 | Kindergarten

In This Issue:
 Obama Plays Baseball, Good Books for Boys, Elephant = Jeep?

Presidential Pastime 
Barack Obama better stretch out his arm. On April 4, he and his family host an Easter Egg Roll at the White House. The next day, Obama will throw out the ceremonial season-opening pitch at the Washington Nationals' first baseball game. Memo to the President: do not, we repeat, do not use Easter eggs for fastball practice.
Pitch Preview: See
President Obama's pitch at the 2009 All Star Game.

Activity Ideas - Math
Imagine that you are going to the Easter Egg Roll at the White House. Explain how you would solve the following problems about your day, then solve them. 
  • You find 5 eggs, then give 1 to a child who didn't find any. How many do you have left? (subtraction, 4 eggs)
  • You found 1 egg behind a tree, 3 in the grass, and 2 hidden under decorations. How many do you have? (addition, 6)
  • You notice a row of 4 eggs. These are the first three colors, in order: pink, yellow, pink. What is the next color in the pattern? (yellow)
Learning Tips: Problem Solving Strategies, Add and Subtract Up to 20Good Gross Books 
Give a boy a gross-out book full of swashbuckling adventure, and he might become a lifelong reader. A new report reveals that boys have fallen behind in reading in every state. Girls' verbal skills are well ahead of boys'. Some experts suggest that the problem is linked to the the sedate ways that schools teach verbal skills.

Activity Ideas - Language Arts
  • Together with your child, come up with some books you want to read. 
  • After reading each book, help your child make connections between his or her experiences and the book. For example, if you chose Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, ASK: Have you ever had a bad day? Did you have any problems similar to Alexander? 
  • Discuss the ways that made-up stories can include aspects from real life. (Even cartoon characters have feelings, etc.
Learning Tips: Connect Life Experiences to TextElephant Painting Kideos Elephant 4x4
Scientists have found that
elephants' legs work like a four-wheel-drive vehicle. When they walk, power is applied independently to each limb. Researchers believe that all other four-legged animals have rear-leg drive; the hind legs accelerate while the front legs act as brakes. 

Sure, elephants can walk; but
can they paint? Visit Kideos to answer this burning question. 

Heaviest Land Mammals

1. Elephant: Up to 15,000 pounds

2. Hippopotamus: Up to 7,000

3. Rhinoceros: Up to 5,000

4. Giraffe: Up to 3,000

5. Water Buffalo: Up to 2,600

Activity Ideas - Math

  • Together with your child, look at the list of Heaviest Mammals. Find pictures of each animal online or in books. 
  • Compare mammals' sizes in relation to one another. Help your child arrange the pictures by size, from heaviest to lightest.
  • ASK: Could an elephant walk through our door? Why not? (Much too big!)
  • Which animal is taller, an elephant or a giraffe? (Giraffe) Does it make sense for one animal to be taller than another five times its weight? Discuss.
  • If an elephant sat on a seesaw across from you, what would happen? (We wouldn't be able to seesaw because an elephant is so much heavier than I am.)
Learning Tips: Compare Lengths and Weights

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