Friday, March 18, 2016

RES Second Graders are Comparing Cultures with Students in Hong Kong #vted #vsla

As part of their "Comparing Cultures" Unit, RES second graders are connecting with classrooms in other countries. Today the scholars started connecting with a classroom in Hong Kong! They are looking forward to exchanging questions and answers about Chinese and American culture. You can read the first question from Mrs. Riggs' second graders in the Storify below.

First the second graders worked as a group to decide how they would like to introduce themselves and what question they wanted to ask today.

Then they posted their Tweets which you can read below. They can't wait to hear back from their new friends!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Culture and Folk Tales in Second Grade Library Classes #resvt

The Making of Monkey King
A legend from China

Second graders are learning about aspects of culture in their classrooms as part of their Comparing Cultures unit. They are studying the cultures of Mexico and China. As part of this study of cultures, in the library we are sharing famous Chinese folk legends about Sun Wukong, the Monkey King. The students have been making connections with similar monkey characters in American culture, from Curious George to Master Monkey in the Kung Fu Panda movies. We can't wait to see what Monkey King will do next!

Friday, March 4, 2016

February 2016 at the RES Library, By the Numbers #resvt #vsla #resreads

Second graders writing a biography of Frida Kahlo

February 2016 at the RES library, by the numbers
  • Number of library books and other materials checked out by RES scholars, families, and staff: 1096 -- that's 77 per day in our three weeks of school this month
  • Number of times scholars used the PebbleGo nonfiction databases about animals, biographies,and more: 223
  • Number of TumbleBooks electronic books read and listened to: 208
  • 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 250
  • Number of second graders who researched, wrote, and recorded biographies of historical figures using PebbleGo online database and VoiceThread online slideshow recorder (you can see their work in earlier posts on this blog): 46