Activity Ideas - Language Arts The Webby Awards are known for their succinct speeches, which are limited to five words. SMITH magazine has made the six-word memoir famous.
Write down a few short sentences with your child. Discuss the kinds of words that you need to make a complete sentence.
Read aloud a long sentence from a book or magazine. Compare the long sentence with your shorter ones. ASK: Besides more words, what do you notice about the longer sentence? (More descriptive words, etc.)
Watch the Muppets' Bohemian Rhapsody cover or another video. Challenge your child to write a six word sentence about the video. Remind him or her that the words together need to share an idea or convey information.
Big Beverage Tax Do you try to keep your kids away from sugary soft drinks? Uncle Sam wants to help. More than 30 states now tax soda in an effort to limit the amount of sugar-added empty calories that Americans drink. California and New York are among several states considering an even higher soda tax.
Activity Ideas -Math
Tell your child that on average, Americans drink 50 gallons of soda a month. That is almost eight 2-liter bottles a month!
Put a 2-liter bottle next to a smaller bottle of water or juice box. Have your child compare the two bottles. (One is smaller; people usually drink it in one sitting.)
Use a measuring cup to show your child what a single serving of liquid, 8 fluid ounces, looks like. Pour into a glass.
Put ice in the glass. Discuss what the ice does to the liquid. ASK: Does ice make it look like there's more in the glass? What will happen when the ice melts?
Bonus: Get a small fountain soda or beverage to take home. On average, a small soft drink at a fast-food restaurant is 16 fluid ounces. Pour into a glass. Have your child compare to 8 fl oz. Learning Tips: Compare Objects Watch and Learn: Soda science experiments on Kideos Educational Channel - MythBusters, Diet Coke & Mentos