Activities & Lesson Plans - Kindergarten Newsletter 4/9/10 - Teen Climbs Tall Mountains

Grade: K

April 9, 2010 | Kindergarten
In This Issue: Apple's iPad, Scrabble Scrambles the Rules, A Climbing Quest

iPad, uPad
As of Thursday, Apple reported selling 450,000 iPads a few days shy of its first full week. Diehard fans couldn't wait out the initial growing pains; after rushing to buy the tablets, they have been sharing real-time experiences, impressions and frustrations in blogs, on Facebook, and through tweets. 

Activity Ideas - Language Arts
Talk about Apple's latest invention with your child. Then, challenge him or her to come up with a new computer, phone, or other device that would help to make people's lives better. ASK
  • What's more important to you: to make something that is small, light and easy to carry, or to make something that is bulky yet powerful? 
  • Do you want your invention to be flashy or simply functional?
  • What about your invention will make people want to buy it?

Scrabble Spells Change
Are Brits bored of the classic board game? Scrabble is hoping to score big in Britain when a new version of the popular word game hits the shelves. In the rule-bending edition, celebrity names and other proper nouns will be fair game. None of this will effect players in the U.S. How do you spell P-H-E-W?

Activity Ideas - Language Arts

  • Have your child write down the name of a favorite teacher, good friend or beloved pet.
  • Help him or her write it vertically, with the first letter at the top. 
  • Use the letters that make up the person's or animal's name to start descriptive words about the subject. (For example, if a friend's name is Amy, A: amazing; m: magnificent; y: yellow-haired.) 
Learning Tips: Describing People, Places And Things
Game: Starfall Words

Mt EverestKing of the Mountains
At 13, Jordan Romero is well on his way to reaching the summits of the highest peaks on all seven continents. At the ripe old age of 10, he became the youngest American to scale Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak. Now he has set his sights on Mount Everest.

Activity Ideas - Math
Tell your child that climbing Mount Everest is a long, extremely challenging process, and that experts advise people to start training at least six months in advance.
  • Look at a calendar with your child. Imagine that you want to climb Everest in July. Does this give you enough time to train? (No, April to July is three months, half the time expected.)
  • If you decide to train for six months starting in April, when would you be ready to climb? October
  • Think about the different ways you can train: (Walking, hiking, bike riding, playing, jump-roping.)
  • Help your child write out a few week's training schedule and include the amount of time spent on each activity. Remind your child to include a variety of activities so your body doesn't get used to the same thing.
Bonus: Climbers have to pack light; most of their backpacks are taken up by special clothes, gear, etc. If you could bring one item from home, what would it be and why?
Learning Tips: Days of the Week
Game of the Week

Balloon Quest

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