The new Common Core State Standards that have been adopted in many states emphasize the importance of nonfiction reading and writing. World records, which never fail to fascinate kids, are a great place to start your child’s foray into nonfiction. Try these activities to see where your child's inspiration lies. Then, follow up with further research to go deeper.
- Record-Breaking Trivia Quiz. Biggest, smallest, tallest, fastest! Do you know where the world's tallest building is, or how old the oldest living man is? Where is the tallest roller coaster? How small is the world's smallest person? Research is fun when it helps kids find these answers.
- World Record Writing Prompts. Inspire your child to write about nonfiction with these incredible photos of the world's tallest dog, the most T-shirts worn at once, and more.
- Read for the World Record. Your child can help break an actual world record – by reading! In 2012, Scholastic Summer Challenge participants logged 95,859,491 reading minutes. This year, we hope to break that record. Help your child sign up and log her/his reading minutes to be a part of a record-breaking summer.
- My Dumb Diary Prize Pack Sweepstakes. From 8/1 – 8/31, kids can enter for a chance to win a Prize Pack including a DVD of the original Dear Dumb Diary movie, a piece of original art by Dear Dumb Diary author Jim Benton, and a complete set of Dear Dumb Diary and Dear Dumb Diary Year Two books.