Monday, April 28, 2014

Classroom Connections - Fairy Tales with Third Grade #resvt #cesuvt #vsla #TCRWP

As part of my work with third graders this year, I have been collaborating with their classroom teachers on their current writing unit. The scholars are writing fairy tales in their Writing Workshop. They began this unit by reading and listening to dozens of fairy tales, both in their classrooms and in the library. We held a day of special guest readers in the library (teachers, parents, and our principal). I had a chance to read my favorite fairy tale, Andersen's "The Wild Swans," to one class. I checked out dozens of the library's fairy tale books to the classrooms so students could have these mentor texts close at hand when they began writing their own.

Once the writing began, I helped students in their classrooms as they reread, revised, and added details to their own fairy tales. It has been a privilege to work with these talented writers as they learn and develop their skills! I can't wait to read the published stories. - Mrs. Redford

Monday, April 21, 2014

Dorothy Canfield Fisher voting results #resvt #cesuvt #vted #vsla

Last week RES fourth grade scholars completed their participation in the annual Dorothy Canfield Fisher (DCF) Award reading program. Every year, Vermont scholars in grades four through eight who participate in this program read titles from a list of new books. Each scholar who reads or listens to at least five titles on the list can vote on his or her favorite book. At RES, fourth graders who read at least five books on the current DCF list will also receive invitations to a lunchtime pizza party in the RES library. When RES fourth graders voted for their favorite DCF book, the winner was:

The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man's Canyon
by S. S. Taylor

Top DCF results at RES:
The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man's CanyonRES Winner
The Boy on Cinnamon Streettie
The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girlstie
I Funnytie
Summer of the Gypsy Mothstie
The One and Only Ivantie

The statewide DCF Book Award winner was:

by R. J. Palacio

We are very proud of all of our fourth grade scholars who took part in the 2013-2014 DCF Book Award reading program. Between them they read and listened to many thousands of pages of fiction and nonfiction, improved their reading skills, and persevered in reading some very challenging stories. We hope they will all continue with the DCF program next year as fifth graders at Camels Hump Middle School. Congratulations!

More information about the DCF Book Award is available at the DCF website.

A list of the winner and runner-up books Vermont-wide is available from Vermont Public Radio.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

RES Red Clover Results #resvt #cesuvt #vted

All school year, RES scholars have been sharing the 10 excellent picture books on the 2013-2014 Red Clover Award reading list. Every year the Vermont Center for the Book puts together a new reading list of 10 fiction and nonfiction picture books for this award, which is named after our state flower. Vermont students in kindergarten through fourth grade read, listen to, discuss, and write about the books on the list. Then each student votes for his or her favorite.

This year's Red Clover winner at RES, by a large margin, was The World's Greatest Lion by Ralph Helfer. Scholars were enthralled by this true story of a rescued lion cub named Zamba who went on to become a movie star. Zamba also saved many other animals' lives during a terrible storm at his California ranch home.

In order of popularity at RES, this year's Red Clover books were:

The World's Greatest Lion
Brothers at Bat
One Cool Friend
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs
Lemonade in Winter
Each Kindness
Looking at Lincoln
Monsieur Marceau
Infinity and Me
The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau

Now all the Red Clover votes from RES will go to the Vermont Center for the Book. The VCB will add our votes together with votes from elementary schools all over Vermont. The top vote-getter from the whole state will be declared the Red Clover Award Winner for 2014. More information about the Red Clover program is available from the Vermont Center for the Book.

We are very proud of our scholars and their hard work in reading and evaluating this year's Red Clover books!

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Fourth Grade Capstone Presentations in Progress #resvt #cesuvt

RES fourth graders have continued to work in their Enrichment Library classes on presentations to explain the answers to their Capstone research questions. The scholar in the center above built a touchscreen with the assistance of a community volunteer. The touchscreen will help him answer his research question, "How do touchscreens work?"

These scholars used the Explain Everything iPad app to create videos with text to answer the questions, "How do jellyfish survive in the wild," "What are the five deadliest diseases," and "What is the best kind of food for your dog?"

And this scholar used the Tellagami iPad app to create a series of videos to answer his question, "How do you care for your bike?" One of the videos, about how to clean a bike, is included below.

We are looking forward to seeing all the final presentations! - Mrs. Redford and Mrs. Rankin