Friday, November 8, 2013

Readers and Research, Ads and Art

student mobile artwork

Starting this week, fourth grade artwork will be on display in the library. Under the direction of RES art teacher Joanna Elliott, fourth grade scholars have been teaching each other how to make different types of artwork. The large mobile now hanging in the back room of the library is a project from one of these student-run lessons. Come enjoy the work of our talented scholars!

The library has added over 140 new nonfiction titles so far this year, some in the regular nonfiction collection and some in the Early Reader (pink dot) collection. These levelled nonfiction titles have been a hit with third graders doing research, as well as scholars just  looking for good books about animals, space, weather, and more.

first graders like the new Early Reader nonfiction

Third graders have continued their research on organisms using World Book Online, a web-based encyclopedia that includes video clips and a readaloud feature as well as text articles. You can try World Book Online at home by visiting the RES Library website; contact your classroom teacher or Mrs. Redford first for the login and password.

third grade scholars researching their organisms
in World Book Online

And our fourth grade scholars have started creating their own video commercials in Enrichment Library classes as a way of learning more about advertising and media literacy. So far they have learned about different advertising strategies (Bandwagon, Bribery, Celebrities, Humor, and more), chosen "products" and created messages, and begun writing and practicing their commercials. We can't wait to see the finished videos!

practicing a commercial for recycling

practicing a commercial for reading!

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