I can find the main idea of a non-fiction text and details that support it.
Today during reading we had some laughs as I read aloud a non-fiction article titled "Vomiting Isn't Just Gross." Not only did we learn a lot about why we vomit, but we also used this high interest article to further discuss main idea and details. We talked about how the main idea is just that; an idea- a complete idea. The main idea of the article can't just be "vomiting." That is not a complete idea. After talking with kids at their tables, students decided that "Vomiting is healthy" or "Vomiting protects us" would be better main ideas.
We then talked about how the details have to support that main idea. Then, students were broken up into small groups and they read a different article that was at their reading level. Some articles were about Michael Jackson, MP3 players, meat eating plants, tornadoes, and break dancing. Students had to complete a box (main idea) and bullet (supporting details) for the articles.
We had our final trip to the YMCA for pool school. Thanks to all the dads who were able to help with the boys. It is greatly appreciated!
This week's topic was ice safety. Students learned what to do and how to help someone who may have fallen thru the ice. Once alongside the pool, students practiced crawling on their bellies and acting like they were crawling on ice.
You should have received their classroom booklets. On the back of those booklets are coupons to swim at the YMCA. What a great activity during this long winter!
Here are pictures from our last pool school.
We had a wonderfully packed day on Thursday. We did hour switches, so I was able to review adverbs, adjectives, nouns and verbs with students as we completed a hilarious Valentine's Mad Libs. We all had a few laughs at the stories that were created. Both classes also began working on their "Heart Maps" which are pictures of things and people we love. These maps will help us when we are struggling to have something to write about. Here are a few examples:
With the rest of our day together, we made some Valentine crafts, played a Valentine listening game, ate delicious food thanks to those of you who contributed, opened our Valentines, and watched a short Ramona movie. I took many pictures of the students as they passed out their valentines. There is such excitement and flurry of activity!
On Tuesday we had two field trips that we combined into one day to help save on busing costs. We started our morning out at pool school at the YMCA and then headed over to the Lakeshore Museum. When we got there, we enjoyed our lunches before going on a scavenger hunt through the museum. The museum goes so well with our third grade curriculum of the Michigan Native Americans, fur trading, lumbering, animals and their adaptations. Students were wonderful ambassadors for Montague as they traveled quietly around the museum only touching what they were supposed to. Way to go kids! And thank you to the huge number of parent volunteers! We greatly appreciated the help.
Don't forget, the museum is offering a free Valentine's science time (see previous post with the flyer).
In pool school, students learned about life jackets. They learned why we should wear them, how to pick one out, and if it fits correctly in order to save a life. Students then got to wear them during pool time. Students were shown the best way to float in order to wait for someone to come and help. We had some brave kids wearing life jackets jump off of the platform, even though they don't know how to swim. Students also practiced huddling together for warmth and to help one another float.
First- a pool school slideshow!
And now a slideshow of the museum.
This week at the YMCA, students learned what to do if they ever get stuck in a rip current or undertow. In the classroom portion of Pool School, they acted out what to do and once the students got in the pool, they practiced it. Students used their kicking legs or wave boards to make waves and currents as other students learned to swim through them. It looked like students had a great time! Please enjoy a slideshow below of pictures from last week.
Last week we had our second trip to the YMCA for pool school. The kids are doing a wonderful job reading on the bus to and from Muskegon. Way to go kids!
This week in the classroom portion, students learned what to do if someone is having problems swimming or if it looks like they are drowning. They learned about items that would be helpful in saving a person and also items that may look helpful, but are not. Students also learned how to position their bodies when trying to help someone and the importance of buddy swimming was also discussed. Ask your child about some of these things.
Then, in the pool, students got a chance to try to save a friend who was pretending to be drowning. They took it very seriously, as they practiced.
As promised, here is a slide show from last week.
A note went home this week about filling in the reading log for homework. I thought I would put up a picture that shows one correctly filled in. Remember, as the note stated, if the level is unknown, just leave that column blank. Same with the page number column. If there are no page numbers, leave it blank. Students should read 20 minutes a day Monday thru Thursday, or read for a total of 80 minutes a week (for those who are busy on some days of the week). This is homework. I will be collecting the logs periodically to check in on how the students are doing with it. It is my hope that your child falls in love with reading this year!
Thank you to all the parents who ordered books this month from the Scholastic Book order. Because of all the orders we were able to get a TON of new books for our classroom library. As soon as they arrive, I will put the books in your child's mailbox. The books I got for free, will be leveled, entered into our classroom library database, and then distributed around the room in the assigned baskets. Students love seeing a box of books cracked open!
There will be more "Free book up to a $5 dollar value when you spend $10" coupons coming home next month. It really is a great deal!
The books normally can take up to two weeks to arrive. Until then, happy reading!