Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Dental Health Month

February is Dental Health Month. So, today the entire third grade was treated to a visit from a dentist. He showed a video and discussed proper care of our teeth!

Prior to our visit with the dentist, we had a shortened math. We reviewed pieces of the quiz from Monday that provided challenges for many of the students. There is a worksheet for homework.

Following the visit with the dentist we had our reading/language arts block. We began by reading June 29, 1999 by David Wiesner. We will be using this book as we begin to explore figurative language (alliteration, personification, similes, metaphors, etc.). Today we just listened and enjoyed the story.

Then the students worked independently while I met with JGB. Most students wrote a thank you letter to our guest dentist, Dr. Thabet.

JGB did a text opener with me...we discussed the saying, "It takes a fool to find a treasure." We talked about how being too smart can sometimes hold you back because you might think you "know it all" or you might not ask enough questions. Then we began reading The Little Humpbacked Horse, a Russian folktale. We will finish our first reading of this tomorrow....it is a LLOOONNNNGGGGGG story!

SPT read chapter 4 independently or with a partner. PLEASE make sure your children have their books with them EVERYDAY!

Following lunch and indoor recess, the children will be in the hands of a substitute. I have to take Jason, my baby, to get 3 shots!

The children will read and discuss a story about Gail Devers. The focus of the discussion will include, non-fiction text features, Black History Month and cause/effect. Then the children will write sentences adding a cause where there is an effect and vice versa. Look for a cause/effect paper for homework tonight!

Finally, the day will conclude with Mrs. Howard, the counselor, doing a lesson about courage with the students.

Remember that tomorrow is an early dismissal day (for the students)!

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