Activities & Lesson Plans - Kindergarten Newsletter 5/17/10 - Popular Baby Names

Grade: K

May 17, 2010 | Kindergarten

In This Issue: Top Names of 2009, Kids' Music for Adults, Space-Age Apple Tree 
The Big Names of 2009What names made it big in 2009? Some "usual suspects" stayed at the top—Jacob has been a leader for 11 years. In its recently released list, Most Popular Baby Names for 2009, Social Security made note of the big-name influencers. The name Barack rose in popularity as did a version of the President's daughter's name, Malia; spelled Maliyah, it was the fastest riser among girls' names. 
Top 5 Male Names
1. Jacob
2. Ethan
3. Michael
4. Alexander
5. William

Top 5 Female Names
1. Isabella
2. Emma
3. Olivia
4. Sophia
5. Ava

Activity Ideas - Math
  • Are any of these names popular among your friends or family? Write down the names of all the family and friends you can think of.
  • Compare your list to the most popular names list; count the number of people you know who have the most popular names.  
  • Create a graph to record and show the data.
Learning Tips: Collect Data for Graphs
Names Through the Ages:  Wolfram|Alpha Name Directory

They Might Be GiantsA New Kids' Beat
Tired of the music your child listens to? Turn on some kindie rock, and you'll hear the likes of They Might Be Giants and Dan Zanes, of the Del Fuegos. You'll also discover
 exciting new talent.  

Activity Ideas - Language Arts
Kindie rockers write catchy tunes about kids' interests and concerns, including bullying, being stuck in the outfield and new haircuts.

  • Have your child pick a favorite song. 
  • Sing it together once or twice, then suggest he or she write new words for the song.
  • Brainstorm ideas together; it could be a silly, made-up story or an anecdote about something that really happened.
  • OR write down the words of the song, leaving out a few nouns, adjectives and verbs. Label the parts of speech and help your child fill in the blanks to create a wacky new song (think "Mad Libs").
Learning Tips: Reciting Poems, Rhymes and Songs

Tree Defies Gravity
A small sliver of the apple tree that inspired Sir Isaac Newton to discover the laws of gravity has left Earth's gravity. Astronaut Piers Sellers carried a sliver of wood from Newton's tree into space. The 4-inch piece is on the final mission of NASA's Space Shuttle Atlantis.

Activity Ideas 
  • Talk with your child about the Earth's gravity. Explain that it is the force that pulls on every object on the Earth. 
  • Perform a variety of experiments that will show how gravity pulls objects toward the Earth: Go outside and throw a ball high in the air. Watch as it falls to the ground. Make a paper airplane. Throw it across the room and it will eventually fall. 
  • Hold a marble at the top of a binder or slanted surface. Let go; what do you observe happening? 
Bonus: How much would you weigh on the moon? Crunch the numbers

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