Activities & Lesson Plans - Kindergarten Newsletter 4/23/10 - Coming Soon: $100 In 3-D

Grade: K

April 23, 2010 | Kindergarten

In This Issue: 3-D $100 Bill, A Day for the Earth, Spell That Volcano

On the Money
Come February 2011, Benjamin Franklin is going to look like a million bucks. As the face of the $100 bill, Ben has the dubious distinction of being the most frequently counterfeited note in circulation. The U.S. Treasury is going Hollywood high-tech and using 3-D to keep criminals from copying it.
The redesigned $100 bill's bells and whistles—or digits, for accuracy's sake—on the 3-D security ribbon appear to move and change.

Activity Ideas
  • Together with your child, look at the different bills: $1, $5, $10, $20. 
  • Make note of the different images and features. 
  • Identify the people whose faces appear on the bills. ($1 George Washington, $5 Abraham Lincoln, $10 Alexander Hamilton, $20 Andrew Jackson
  • ASK: What do these men have in common? (They all played an important role in founding our nation or making it stronger.)
  • Suggest that your child learn more about at least one of the people on the bills.
Learn More: Wikipedia, U.S. Treasury

Protect the Planet
Earth Day
is still growing after all these years—40 to be exact. In its first year, nearly 20 million Americans participated in the celebration. Since then, the movement has spread worldwide, with thousands of events in more than 180 countries. 

Activity Ideas - Language Arts
  • Together with your child, discuss ways that you can conserve energy in daily living. 
  • Calculate your carbon footprint, if you dare.
  • Come up with an Earth Day Challenge for your family. (For example, for one week eat only vegetables grown locally.)
Green Tips and MoreNew York Times, The Learning Network Blog - 'Ten Ways to Go Green', Local HarvestVolcano

The Ay-Yi-Yi Volcano

Eyjafjallajokull volcano, in Iceland, stranded millions of passengers in the days after it erupted on April 14th. Even worse—its name turned even the most seasoned journalists into babbling idiots.

Activity Ideas - Language Arts

Eyjafjallajokull is made up of 16 letters, has six and a half syllables, and would amass 47 points in a game of Scrabble. One way to ease pronunciation is to break a word down into its distinct parts: "Eyja" is the Icelandic word for island; "fjalla" means mountain; and "jokull" is glacier. Another trick is to come up with a saying to remind you, such as "Hey, ya fergot La Yogurt," as suggested in the New York Times City Room Blog. 
  • Ask you child to count syllables in a series of words, i.e., cat, kitten; dog, puppy, Labrador, Labradoodle.
  • Say and write down the word "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." (Need a little help? Mary Poppins sings it for you on Kideos.)
  • Count the number of letters in the word, as well as the syllables. 
  • Count the number of vowels and consonants.
Learning Tips: Counting Syllables

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