Friday, May 20, 2016

Fourth Grade Capstone Research Projects #resvt #vsla #vted #tlchat #tlelem #geniushour

Fourth grade scholars at RES have been participating in a once a week class, co-taught by teacher-librarian Beth Redford and enrichment teacher Darcie Rankin. The class focuses on digital literacy, critical thinking, research skills, and interest driven projects. Scholars’ culminating activities were independent, interest driven research projects. Each scholar self selected a topic and designed a Capstone Project to share his or her interests and knowledge.


Fourth graders and their families and friends gathered on Wednesday, May 18 to share their Capstone Projects and celebrate their learning. Thank you to our principal Michael Berry for putting together this video about the Capstone Celebration along with our Art and Music evening!

Digital versions of many of the projects are available at the links below:
Mrs. Berliner's Class Capstone Presentations
Mrs. LeFrancois' Class Capstone Presentations
Ms. Senning's Class Capstone Presentations

Thank you very much to all the adult experts and volunteers who assisted our scholars! Your contributions made this creative, meaningful work possible.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

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

April 2016 at the RES library, by the numbers:
  • Number of library books and other materials checked out by RES scholars, families, and staff: 1416 -- that's 89 per day in our three weeks of school this month
  • Number of times scholars used the PebbleGo nonfiction databases about animals, biographies,and more: 432
  • Number of TumbleBooks electronic books read and listened to: 246
  • Number of scholar visits to the library: over 600 (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 created collaborative eBooks about aspects of culture in China, Mexico, and America: 45 (see photos above)
  • Number of pages read and listened to by fourth graders participating in the Dorothy Canfield Fisher reading program: thousands! We are very proud of all our fourth grade scholars, who all participated in the program by reading or listening to at least one Dorothy Canfield Fisher book this year.