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The mayor of one of Americas fattest cities" hopes to trim the fat.
Before reading, write the word resolution on the board or a sheet of chart paper. Invite students to talk about the meaning of that word and to share some of their personal resolutions for 2008.
Next, introduce these words that appear in the News Word Box on the students printable page: residents, extreme, obesity, register, calculate, and survey. Discuss the meanings of any of those words that might be unfamiliar. Then ask students to use one of those words to complete each of these sentences:
Read the News
Click for a printable version of this weeks news story Mayor Puts City on Diet to Lose a Million Pounds.
More Facts to Share
You might share these additional facts with students after they have read this weeks news story.
Think About the News
Discuss the Think About the News question that appears on the students news page.
Geography -- location. Students might complete this activity on their own or in pairs. Provide students with a blank outline map of the United States. Provide the rankings of the fattest and fittest U.S. cities from the Mens Fitness 2007 survey. (Scroll down the page for the two lists.) Have students research the locations of the cities and mark a blue dot at the location of each of the fittest cities; have them mark each of the fattest cities with a red dot. Than ask them to create a map key to go with their maps. Note: Choose in advance how many cities students will mark. For example, if you teach young students you might have them mark only the top 5 cities in each of the two lists.
Language arts -- root words. Have students identify and spell the root word for each of these words from the News for Kids article: resolutions, challenged, residents, healthful, decided, highest, obesity, registered, recipes, activities, surrounded, putting, and healthier.
Math -- real-life math. Watch the live counter on Oklahoma Citys thiscityisgoingonadiet Web site. Create a chart and record each day the number of participants and the amount of weight lost. Choose students to calculate each days increase in participation and weight loss.
Language arts -- idioms. Did you ever stop to think how many idioms in our language are tied to food? How about bring home the bacon or chew the fat or spill the beans? Have some fun with students by using this Eating Up Idioms lesson plan.
Use the Comprehension Check (above) as an assessment. Or have students work on their own (in their journals) or in their small groups to respond to the Think About the News question on the news story page.
Lesson Plan SourceEducation World
LANGUAGE ARTS: English
GRADES K - 12
NL-ENG.K-12.1 Reading for Perspective
NL-ENG.K-12.2 Reading for Understanding
NL-ENG.K-12.7 Evaluating Data
NL-ENG.K-12.8 Developing Research Skills
NL-ENG.K-12.11 Participating in Society
NL-ENG.K-12.12 Applying Language Skills
MATHEMATICS: Number and Operations
GRADES Pre-K - 2
NM-NUM.PK-2.2 Understand Meanings of Operations and How They Relate to One Another
NM-NUM.PK-2.3 Compute Fluently and Make Reasonable Estimates
GRADES 3 - 5
NM-NUM.3-5.2 Understand Meanings of Operations and How They Relate to One Another
NM-NUM.3-5.3 Compute Fluently and Make Reasonable Estimates
GRADES 6 - 8
NM-NUM.6-8.2 Understand Meanings of Operations and How They Relate to One Another
NM-NUM.6-8.3 Compute Fluently and Make Reasonable Estimates
GRADES 9 - 12
NM-NUM.9-12.2 Understand Meanings of Operations and How They Relate to One Another
NM-NUM.9-12.3 Compute Fluently and Make Reasonable Estimates
GRADES Pre-K - 12
NM-REP.PK-12.1 Create and Use Representations to Organize, Record, and Communicate Mathematical Ideas
PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH: Physical Education
GRADES K - 12
NPH.K-12.4 Physical Fitness
PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH: Health
GRADES K - 4
NPH-H.K-4.4 Health Influences
NPH-H.K-4.6 Setting Goals for Good Health
NPH-H.K-4.7 Health Advocacy
GRADES 5 - 8
NPH-H.5-8.4 Health Influences
NPH-H.5-8.6 Setting Goals for Good Health
NPH-H.5-8.7 Health Advocacy
GRADES 9 - 12
NPH-H.9-12.4 Health Influences
NPH-H.9-12.6 Setting Goals for Good Health
NPH-H.9-12.7 Health Advocacy
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Article by Ellen Delisio
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