Friday, February 25, 2011

Reading Strategy–Main Idea

Identifying main idea and details is an important part of reading comprehension.  This week we read a number of books and participated in other activities to help us determine the main idea of things we read.

One of our favorite books this week was The Important Book, by Margaret Wise Brown.

In the book, we read about important characteristics of various ‘everyday’ objects such as an apple, a spoon, and grass.  We found out what the author thought was the most important, or main idea, of each item.

To conclude our study of main idea, we created a class book similar to The Important Book.  Below are some photos of what we thought were our own ‘main ideas’ or important characteristics.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Hand Washing

All year long, and especially through the winter months, we talk about the importance of washing hands to keep germs that will spread illnesses away.  Here are two videos I found on YouTube that we have enjoyed in class—they help us remember how to wash our hands and also the importance of clean hands.


Washy washy clean scrub scrub




Happy Hand-Washing,

Friday, February 4, 2011

Reading Strategy–Classify and Categorize

Classifying and categorizing is another reading strategy that helps us make sense of what we read.

This week we worked on classifying and categorizing (we sometimes called it sorting) a variety of things – and not just what we found in books.

We read two books that helped us discuss sorting and classifying:

Wheels Wings RigbyWhose Baby Rigby

Both of these are big books from our literacy program. 

In Wheels, Wings, and Other things, we talked about transportation and different ways we can move around.  After reading the book and discussing what we had learned in it, we cut pictures out of magazines and sorted (classified) transportation for a class poster.  Unfortunately, we don’t have a picture of the great work students did.

We also read Whose Baby? this week.  We first matched the baby animals with their mothers, and then we classified the animals according to where they live or can be found most frequently—land, air, or water.   You may have seen a sorting activity related to this come home as homework this week!

To help us classify in these books, and in other work this week, we used these questions to guide us:

  • How are these ideas alike? How are the ideas different?
  • Which ideas belong together?
  • How are the ideas related?
  • How would you group the facts from the selection?

What things can be sorted or classified at your house?  Can you classify things in the kitchen?  What about things in your closet or dresser?

Happy sorting,