Friday, February 23, 2018

February 2018 at the RES Library, By the Numbers #resvt #vsla #vted

February 2018 at the RES library, by the numbers:

  • Number of library books and other materials checked out by RES scholars, families, and staff: 1233 -- that's 77 per day in our three weeks of school this month
  • Number of TumbleBooks electronic books read and listened to: 146
  • Number of scholar visits to the library: over 600 (14 classes per week plus additional class visits plus individual visits)
  • Number of times scholars used the PebbleGo nonfiction research database: 130

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Blog posts are done! Research, Writing, and Blogging in Second Grade #resvt #vsla #vted




Blog posts are done! You can see them at the RES Second Grade Animal blog.

Second graders at RES have just completed a nonfiction writing and blogging unit. This is a collaborative unit taught by the second grade teachers and Beth Redford, our library media specialist.

First, second graders chose interesting animals, researched them in the PebbleGo online database, and wrote down facts to use in their blog posts.

Second, the scholars used their notes to create informational writing pieces about their animals.

Finally, the second graders used the Blogger iPad app to create posts for the RES Second Grade Animal blog. They typed in the great texts they had written, and then added photographs of their illustrations. We are very proud of all our second grade scholars!

Friday, February 9, 2018

First animal blog posts are up! Research, Writing, and Blogging in Second Grade #resvt #vsla #vted






Arctic Fox illustration from a second grader's blog post


The first blog posts are up! You can see them at the RES Second Grade Animal blog.

Second graders at RES are working on a nonfiction writing and blogging unit. This is a collaborative unit taught by the second grade teachers and Beth Redford, our library media specialist.

First, second graders chose interesting animals, researched them in the PebbleGo online database, and wrote down facts to use in their blog posts.

Second, the scholars used their notes to create informational writing pieces about their animals.

Finally, the second graders used the Blogger iPad app to create posts for the RES Second Grade Animal blog. They typed in the great texts they had written, and then added photographs of their illustrations. Seven posts are already up on the blog, and more posts will be coming in the next few weeks. We are very proud of all our second grade scholars!




Friday, February 2, 2018

January 2018 at the RES Library, By the Numbers #resvt #vsla #vted


second graders researching their favorite animals
for an animal blogging project

January 2018 at the RES library, by the numbers:
  • Number of library books and other materials checked out by RES scholars, families, and staff: 1708 -- that's 81 per day in our five weeks of school this month
  • Number of TumbleBooks electronic books read and listened to: 195
  • Number of scholar visits to the library: over 800 (14 classes per week plus additional class visits plus individual visits)
  • Number of times scholars used the PebbleGo nonfiction research database: 576
  • Number of second graders who began a blogging project about their favorite animals: 40. Stay tuned for their blog posts about meerkats, hedgehogs, and more!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Research, Writing, and Blogging in Second Grade #resvt #vsla #vted

researching jaguars in second grade

Second graders at RES have started working on a nonfiction writing and blogging unit. This is a collaborative unit taught by the second grade teachers and Beth Redford, our library media specialist. This week, second graders chose interesting animals, researched them in the PebbleGo online database, and wrote down facts to use in their blog posts.

In the coming weeks the scholars will be using their notes to create informational writing pieces about their animals. Finally, the second graders will be using the Blogger iPad app to create posts for the RES Second Grade Animal blog. Stay tuned for more about this great project!












Wednesday, January 3, 2018

December 2017 at the RES Library, By the Numbers #resvt #vsla #vted

There's nothing like the joy of finding a great new book!

December 2017 at the RES library, by the numbers:
  • Number of library books and other materials checked out by RES scholars, families, and staff: 1295 -- that's 81 per day in our three weeks of school this month
  • Number of TumbleBooks electronic books read and listened to: 255
  • Number of scholar visits to the library: over 600 (14 classes per week plus additional class visits plus individual visits)
  • Number of times scholars used the PebbleGo nonfiction research database: 169

Friday, December 15, 2017

Whoosh! is the Red Clover Winner at RES! #resvt #vted #redcloveraward @bartography @Devas_T

bookcover-whoosh.jpg

First and second grade students at Richmond Elementary School in Richmond, Vermont have selected Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions as our schoolwide Red Clover (Children's Choice Award) book for 2017-2018! 

During their library classes, the students all read or listened to 10 of the best illustrated books from the 2016 publishing year. The selection included fiction and nonfiction, poetry, and a folktale. Then each student voted for his or her favorite. Whoosh! received twice as many votes as the second place choice, Frankencrayon by Michael Hall.

Whoosh! is the biography of engineer and inventor Lonnie Johnson, whose best known creation is the Super Soaker toy water gun. Johnson is an amazing role model for his curiosity and persistence, and students loved reading about his work for NASA and his model rockets. The book was created by author Chris Barton and  illustrator Don Tate. One student asked the librarian, "Where are the rest of these books?" He was asking where all the rest of the books about Lonnie Johnson were located in the library! We are hoping that Mr. Barton and Mr. Tate publish more books about Lonnie Johnson very soon.

More resources about Whoosh! and Lonnie Johnson:

Visit to Mr. Johnson’s Workshop video from CBS News
Illustrating Whoosh! from Don Tate’s blog
Research for Whoosh from Don Tate’s blog

More information about the Red Clover program and the rest of this year's reading list is available at the Red Clover Website





cover image from amazon.com