Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Have a Wonderful Break (and Don't Forget to Read!) #resvt #cesuvt #resreads

To all RES students and families: here are some ways to keep your winteriffic reading going during holiday break:

Read or listen to the books on the TumbleBooks website! Great books and readalouds you can enjoy on your computer or tablet.

Visit the Richmond Free Library! 
The Richmond Free Library

Visit the Richmond Free Library! The RFL is located at 201 Bridge Street in Richmond Village, right across from the post office. You can get a free library card there and check out books galore. The RFL's holiday hours and other information are available on the RFL website.

Let me know what you have been reading this holiday break by filling out the form below! I will share this list of books with our entire RES community of readers when we return in January. To see what other RES readers are enjoying so far, click this link.

Have a wonderful break! - Beth Redford, RES Teacher Librarian

Friday, December 19, 2014

Spotlight on: Grade 4 Enrichment Library #HourOfCode #resvt #cesuvt #vted

RES fourth graders writing computer code with 
Scratch programming language

Fourth graders at RES are learning to write short computer programs in their Enrichment Library classes. They are using the Scratch programming language, which was developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as an engaging introduction to programming for students and other beginners. These activities are part of the nationwide Hour Of Code initiative to encourage young people to try writing or "coding" computer programs. Our scholars worked hard and helped each other as they were coding!

Here's one program written in Scratch by an RES fourth graders. Check out the others online at the RES Scratch Page!

Click the green flag to start
Press the spacebar for other fun!

More information about Hour of Code can be found at the links below:

Scratch is a free programming language! You can program with it online or download it to your computer from the Scratch Website. It's also available as a free iPad app for younger scholars.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Spotlight on: Grade 4 Enrichment Library Classes #resvt #cesuvt #booktrailers #vsla #tlchat

RES fourth graders have been learning about advertising and media literacy in their enrichment library classes. As culminating projects, the fourth graders created their own commercials for books they wanted to recommend to others. Their goals for these projects were

  • to provide some information about the books
  • to use at least two advertising strategies to convince other people to read them

Students were able to choose
  • the format of the commercials: audio or video
  • which books to promote
  • which advertising strategies to use
We are very proud of their work! Take a look at the advertising strategies in the photo at the bottom of this blog post and see if you can identify the strategies in the different commercials.

We hope you enjoy these first few samples; we will be adding additional commercials to the enrichment library class blog, ThinkCreateCollaborate, as they are completed. - Darcie Rankin, RES Enrichment Teacher and Beth Redford, RES Teacher Librarian

Mrs. Berliner's Class

Mrs. Erickson's Class

Audio Book Commercial for Holes by Louis Sachar

Ms. Senning's Class

Advertising Strategies used by the scholars
Which did you notice?

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Spotlight on: Kindergarten Library Classes #resvt #cesuvt

Author-Illustrator Mini Grey

Kindergartners are learning more about authors and illustrators in their library classes. This week we began sharing books written and illustrated by Mini Grey. Our first book was Ginger Bear, which reminded the scholars of their own gingerbread hunt!

After we share books by Mini Grey, we will start reading books by Margie Palantini. Mrs. Palatini is an author but not an illustrator, so we will have a chance to learn about the many different artists who have illustrated her books.

Author Margie Palatini

all images from amazon.com