This past week (and continuing into this coming week) the 5th grade students began preparing for their Aquatics Field Trip at the North Side YMCA. Several water and boat safety topics were covered to ensure that our students had adequate background knowledge before their trip. One of the games we played was called “Island Rescue”, which covered the topic of “Reach or Throw, Don’t Go!”. This activity required the students to use their teamwork skills and critical thinking skills in order to safely move their teammates from one side of the gym to the other without touching the water (aka floor). As mentioned students were not allowed to go into the water, which forced them to use limited materials to save their teammates. These skills not only helped them succeed with the lesson, but gave them confidence and tools to use in their everyday lives. As our field trip approaches our students will have the skills to continue their success with their water safety lessons.