Thursday, December 22, 2016

Happy Holiday Break from the RES Library! #resvt #vsla #vted

Have a warm and wonderful holiday break, and don't forget to read! 
- Beth Redford, RES Library Media Specialist

Kindergartners excited about their books for holiday break

And if you run out of things to read before school starts again on January 2, 
you can visit the Richmond Free Library in Richmond village!
for their special holiday hours.

Richmond Free Library

Friday, December 16, 2016

Spotlight on: Media Literacy and Book Trailers in Fourth Grade Enrichment Library Classes #vted #vsla

Fourth graders at RES are wrapping up a unit on media literacy. They learned about several strategies that advertisers use to get people's attention and convince them to buy products. Then they practiced finding those strategies in different kinds of advertisements. Finally, the scholars created video advertisements for books, also known as book trailers, to try to convince other scholars to read their favorite stories. Here's a great example, from a fourth grader who used the advertising strategies of including Humor and Warm and Fuzzy Feelings in his book trailer for Life of Ty: Penguin Problems by Lauren Myracle.

These book trailers give scholars the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned about advertising: Do they know what some frequently used advertising strategies are? Do they understand how advertisers use these strategies to try to persuade people to do something? 

At RES we share student-created book trailers on the Internet on the library's Twitter account, @resvtlibrary.. Sometimes we hear back from the authors, which is very exiting! Author Lauren Myracle Tweeted back that she liked our scholar's book trailer!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Grade 1 and 2 Library Classes: Red Clover Books #vsla #vted #resvt

 First grader digging in to this year's Red Clover books

First and second graders are enjoying this year's Red Clover books in the RES library. Named after Vermont's state flower, the Red Clover Award is Vermont's children's choice award for picture books. Every year, a group of teachers and librarians puts together a list of 10 fiction and nonfiction Red Clover books. Students who read or listen to at least five titles from the list get to vote on their favorite books. Their votes, along with votes from students all over the state, help choose the Red Clover Award winner. Ask your first and second graders which Red Clover books are their favorites so far!

More information about the Red Clover program and the rest of this year's reading list is available at the Red Clover Website

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

November 2016 at the RES Library, by the numbers #resvt #vsla #vted

Fourth graders choosing music to convey
the advertising strategy of "Intensity:

Questions from our fourth grade unit on media literacy:
How many brands can you identify from just one letter?
What are some types of media?

 November 2016 at the RES library, by the numbers:
  • Number of library books and other materials checked out by RES scholars, families, and staff:1478-- that's 87 per day in our three weeks of school this month
  • Number of TumbleBooks electronic books read and listened to: 234
  • Number of scholar visits to the library: over 700 (13 classes per week plus additional class visits plus individual visits)
  • Number of fourth graders learning media literacy by studying advertising strategies: 49. They will be using what they learned to created video book commercials (book trailers) in December.

Field Trips and Wildlife: Week 7 of Connecting Cultures with Hong Kong #resvt #rchkpyp #awesome3LT #vted