Activities & Lesson Plans - Kindergarten Newsletter Healthy Video Games

Grade: K


May 24, 2010 | Kindergarten

In This Issue: Good Video Games, A 90s Grad, WNBA Play

Get Up and Play
The American Heart Association (AHA) has teamed up with Nintendo Co. to encourage people to get up and get moving with Wii. The association is counting on the popular video game console to do what it could not—help motivate the 70% of people who don't get any regular physical activity.

Activity Ideas - Math
Share this with your child: The CDC recommends that kids get at least one hour of physical activity every day of the week.

  • Have your child name the days of the week in order.  
  • ASK: If you decided to relax over the weekend, what days would that be? Saturday, Sunday.
  • Write down a schedule for the upcoming week. On Mondays and Wednesdays, your child decides to ride a bike in the afternoon. Have him or her write down a one-hour time period on the calendar.
  • On Tuesdays and Thursdays, your child wants to wait until dad gets home from work to play. Write down a time in the early evening, after dinner.
Bonus: A lot of kids are very active without even thinking about it. Suggest your child record his or her unplanned physical activity each night in a journal, including the amount of time for each activity. At the end of a week, count up the number of hours and compare to the CDC recommendation. ASK: Did you get more or less than the recommended amount of activity? 
Learning Tips
: Days of the Week

Old School
Earning a college degree at the age of 94 seems extra special. This month, Hazel Soares graduated from Mills College, in Oakland, California. Soares is the
world's second oldest person to graduate from college. Three years ago, a 95-year-old woman graduated from Fort Hays State University.  

Activity Ideas - Language Arts 
Share this with your child: Hazel Soares graduated from high school in 1932, during the Great Depression. Her family didn't have the money to send her to college. Six children and a combined 40 grandchildren and great-grandchildren later, Soares found time to go back to school.

  • Discuss Hazel Soares's traits. Come up with some descriptive words based on her actions: brave, hard-working, determined, smart, survivor, studious.
  • Use your descriptive words to write a few sentences about Soares.
  • Now, imagine that your grandma or grandpa is graduating from college. Use some words to describe how you would feel: proud, excited, happy.
  • How would you use these words in a card to the new graduate? Write a sentence or two using these and other words to express how you feel. 
Learning Tips: Describing People, Places and Things

A Storm in Seattle
As the NBA season winds down,
the WNBA is just getting into the game. Fans of the Seattle Storm are especially excited for the women's pro basketball season. The Storm's family-friendly atmosphere draws lots of kids, and the half-time show features a grade-school dance troupe.

Activity Ideas - Language Arts 
One word in each category below doesn't belong. Identify each one.

  • Professional Sports: basketball, baseball, swimming, gardening
  • Winter Sports: hockey, skiing, surfing, snowboarding
  • Kids' Games: kickball, curveball, tag, hopscotch,    
  • Sports Equipment: bat, ball, puck, Cracker Jacks
Learning Tips: Sorting Words Into Categories

Game of the Week

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