Friday, December 18, 2015

Animal Blogging: Informational Writing in Second Grade #resvt #vsla #vted #TCRWP

Second graders have been researching, writing, illustrating, and posting blog entries about animals on the new RES Second Grade Animal Blog! The scholars used the PebbleGo.Com research database to learn about animals. Then each scholar wrote the text for his or her blog entry, drew an illustration, and typed the text and added the illustration with the Blogger iPad app. The second graders focused on writing interesting "hooks" to draw readers' attention at the beginnings of their posts; using transition words at the beginning of sentences; writing conclusions at the ends of their posts; and citing PebbleGo as their source.

The second graders had a great time with this short, focused research project, and they were very proud to share their work on the blog. The last few entries will be posted next week and after holiday break. Please leave comments on these posts if you see something interesting or surprising!

Link to the blog: RES Second Grade Animal Blog

Friday, December 11, 2015

Hour of Code 2015 at RES, by the Numbers #resvt #vted #vsla #HourOfCode

Hour of Code 2015 at RES

Here's a glimpse at Hour of Code computer science activities this week at RES, by the numbers!

Number of grade levels that participated: 5
Number of classrooms that participated: 14
Number of RES students who learned about computer science through the Hour of Code program: 227
Number of lines of code (computer programming language) written by RES scholars: over 10,000
Number of students who have asked if they can keep learning to code after this week: too many to keep track of!

Thank you to all the adults and especially all the scholars who made our first all school Hour of Code such a success!

Scholars can continue their computer science learning at school and at home! Links to our activities from this week and many more coding resources can be found at this link or by clicking the "Coding Computer Science" tab at the top of the library blog.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

November 2015 at the RES Library, by the numbers #resvt #resreads #vsla

November 2015 at the RES library, by the numbers
  • Number of library books and other materials checked out by RES scholars, families, and staff: 1273 -- that's 80 per day in our three weeks of school this month
  • Number of TumbleBooks electronic books read and listened to: 419
  • Number of scholar visits to the library: over 700 (13 classes per week plus additional class visits plus individual visits)
  • Number of scholars served by the librarian during lessons and visits in classrooms: over 100
  • Number of fourth graders who researched "I Wonder" questions about space: 49. Their answers, evidence, and sources are shown on the Space Wonder Posters in the photo above, now on display in the library along with space masks the fourth graders created in Mrs. Aucter's art classes