READING: It´s time for fall sports. Turn to the sports section of today´s newspaper. Can you guess which events is the biggest news? Write your answer in your journal. Sports editors decide the story they think will be the top news and give it the most space and biggest headline. Read the sports story. Why do you think it got the most attention?
WRITING: In team sports, lots of things happen that cause one team to beat another. Read a ream sports article in today´s newspaper. In your journal, write in your own words three events that occurred during the game to help the winning team. Write a summary of the game in your journal and include these events.
MATH: Often when we think of fall sports, we think only of football. But, there are many others. Look at today´s sports section and make a list of every sport mentioned. What is the total? What percentage of space would you estimate that the top two sports cover in this section? Explain your answer in your journal.
CAREER CONNECTION: Jobs in the future will require you to work well on teams. Write in your journal about an experience you had working on a team.
Activities for Week 2
READING: September 17 is Citizenship Day. What does the word "citizen" mean? Look for a photo, an article and an ad in today´s newspaper that you think show what being a citizen means. Examine the photo and ad and read the article carefully. In your journal, create a 10-line poem about citizenship. Begin your poem with "Being a citizen means..." Example: Being a citizen means feeling at home in the United States. Being a citizen means being able to vote for our governor.
WRITING: Think about a time when you were in a strange place. Write in your journal what happened and how you felt. According to the Immigration and Naturalization Service, each year almost one million immigrants are admitted to the United States. Imagine that you have three new immigrant students coming to your school. What are three things you would do to make them feel welcome?
MATH: If the number of immigrants being admitted to the U.S. increased by 20 percent per year, how many years will it tale to reach two million? Explain how you found the answer.
CAREER CONNECTION: In your journal, make a list of the activities you enjoy doing most. Then look in the classified ads for jobs that include those activities.
Activities for Week 3
READING: On Nov. 3, voters will decide on revicing the Florida Constitution. One of the nine proposed amendments relates to conserving and protecting Florida´s natural resources. Can you guess what is meant by a natural resource? Ask your parents or friend to give you their definitions. Read an article in the newspaper about one of our resources. In your journal, draw a picture to accompany the article. What do you think is the author´s main message? Write your answer under your picture.
WRITING: What are three ways that we could protect Florida´s natural resources? Think about this question and do research in the newspaper and at the library. Creat a poster that shows your three ideas. Hang it on your wall at home or take it to school to display.
MATH: Count the number of trees in the front of your school. If you planted enough trees to double the number, how many would that be? If each tree costs $8, what would be the total cost? Look for plant nursery ads in the newspaper or call a local nursery to find out the costs of a pine tree and an oak tree.
CAREER CONNECTION: Visit your school´s career center to find out more about careers. Find out if your community offers training for your career choice.
Activities for Week 4
READING: Weather is important to Floridians. Look at the weather section in the newspaper. Make a list of the kinds of information you can find there such as temperatures and rainfall amount. Based on temperatures and predicted weather conditions, where would you most like to be? Least like to be? Why?
WRITING: Check the weather forecast in the newspaper. Pretend you are to give the forecast on TV and write a script for your weather report. Read the script aloud. Watch the TV forecast of weather and compare it to your version. Be a weather poet and use information from the weather forecast to make a poem.
MATH: Find the rainfall report in the weather section of the newspaper. List the amounts in your journal and round them off to the nearest whole number. Look for yesterday´s high and low temperatures. Calculate the difference between the two. Find the sunrise and sunset times for today and estimate the number of hours of daylight we will have.
CAREER CONNECTION: Look at the job listings in the classified ads and find jobs that require knowledge of numbers. Make a list of the jobs in your journal. Which ones are interesting to you and why?