Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Finishing Capstone Presentations in Fourth Grade #resvt #cesuvt

Fourth grade scholars have been finishing their Capstone Presentations this week in their Library Enrichment classes. These presentations are the final step in the self-directed Capstone Projects they have been working on this spring. Over the course of these projects, each fourth grader:
  • Chose a topic that interested him or her
  • Developed a research question to answer about the topic
  • Researched and took notes
  • Chose a presentation format to share his or her research findings
  • Created a presentation to share these findings
Below is one example of a presentation created by an RES fourth grader. Many more examples can be seen on the RES Enrichment Library class blog at

The fourth graders will be sharing their presentations with the RES community on Monday, June 2 at 6:00 p.m. Please contact Mrs. Redford for more information.

How was basketball invented and why?

Friday, May 23, 2014

Caldecott Books with Second Grade #resvt #cesuvt

Second graders at RES are in the middle of a unit on picture books that have won the Caldecott medal for best illustration. One of the requirements for a Caldecott book is that the illustrations must add meaning to the text. The scholars have been sharing Caldecott books, first with the text alone and then with both the text and illustrations.They have been asking the question, "What do the illustrations add to the text?" and discussing their observations with partners.

Sharing with partners about what the illustrations add to the text

Here are some of the Caldecott medal-winning books they have shared. Ask yourself: What do the illustrations add to the text?

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Grandfather's Journey by Allen Say

My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Life Cycle Science Research with Third Grade #resvt #cesuvt

life cycle partners with their science notebooks

Third grade scientists have been researching animal life cycles during their library classes. Last week they used PebbleGo online database and World Book Online to collect information for their science notebooks. This week they began working with partners to create Google Presentations like the example below.

This project has allowed them to practice their note taking skills as well as learn some great features in Google Apps like using template documents, sharing documents, and collaborating with other students to create a presentation together. Next week they will also have a chance to practice citing their sources.

The scholars have also been having some great conversations about similarities and differences in animal life cycles. Did you know that ferrets have live births and blue jays have egg births, but they both have about six young at a time? Why do you think that is?

Friday, May 9, 2014

Scholar Artwork in the RES Library #resvt #cesuvt #vted

Throughout the school year, the RES library shares scholars' artwork with all the RES community members who visit the library for classes, meetings, quiet reading time, and group project work. If you've never visited the library, come in and enjoy some of the beautiful student artwork we have on display! Right now in the library we have

a picture book written and illustrated by kindergartners,

sculptures by first graders,

window art by kindergartners,

Westward Expansion wanted posters by third graders,

a giant mobile by fourth graders,

and a whole wall of poetry from scholars throughout the school.

The work of our creative scholars makes the library an inspiring, joyous place to learn!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Poetry Month at RES #cesuvt #resvt #vted #vsla #tlchat #tlelem

All though April, the creative scholars at Richmond Elementary school were writing poetry. They chose to write in several different poetic forms including

  • concrete poetry, in which the placement of letters and words adds to the meaning of the poem; 
  • haikus, which have 5 syllables on the first line, 7 syllables on the second line, and 5 syllables on the third line
  • and reverso poems, which can be read top to bottom or bottom to top
The video below includes some of the many poems our scholars wrote in April. We are very proud of all our poets!