Friday, February 19, 2016

What Does Fourth Grade Research Look Like? #resvt #vted #vsla


Fourth graders are researching and taking notes for their Capstone independent research projects. Fourth grade research can look like reading websites or watching online videos (see photo above). It can also look like reading printed articles and books (see photo below).




Sometimes our fourth grade scholars have the opportunity to do research by interviewing adult experts, either by email or in person. Two of our scholars will be interviewing Chef James for Capstone projects about cooking; another scholar has interviewed a veterinarian for a project about veterinary medicine. And one scholar doing research about how costumes, especially Star Wars costumes, are made was able to interview a local expert who has made his own Stormtrooper armor (see video below). Many thanks to 501st Legion member Andrew Liptak for visiting RES to help our scholar with his research, and to Principal Berry for filming the interview!

Five minute condensed version of interview


Full 30 minute inteview


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Second Grade Biography VoiceThread - Miss Darling's Class #resvt #vted @voicethread

RES second graders have been researching famous people. They used their research to write short biographical speeches. Then they recorded their speeches with the VoiceThread online program. Click the play arrow below to hear the speeches from Miss Darling's class!




Friday, February 12, 2016

Second Grade Biography VoiceThread - Mrs. Riggs' Class #resvt #vted @voicethread

RES second graders have been researching famous people. They used their research to write short biographical speeches. Then they recorded their speeches with the VoiceThread online program. Click the play arrow below to hear the speeches from Mrs. Robinson's class. VoiceThread speeches from Miss Darling's class will be coming soon!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Second Grade Biography VoiceThread - Mrs. Robinson's Class #resvt #vted @voicethread

RES second graders have been researching famous people. They used their research to write short biographical speeches. Then they recorded their speeches with the VoiceThread online program. Click the play arrow below to hear the speeches from Mrs. Robinson's class. VoiceThread speeches from Mrs. Riggs' and Miss Darling's classes will be coming soon!

Enjoy our RES fourth graders on the Dorothy's List podcast! #vted




RES fourth graders were featured on Vermont Public Radio on February 8, during Vermont Edition at noon and 7 p.m.! They were interviewed in January for the VPR radio program Dorothy’s List, about the children’s books nominated for the Dorothy Canfield Fisher award. Every month Dorothy’s List features a different title, and RES scholars were interviewed about El Deafo, an award-winning book written and illustrated by Cece Bell. VPR reporter Amy Noyes interviewed our scholars as they discussed El Deafo, and she also recorded the fourth graders’ questions for the author. You can listen to the recorded show any time online at the Dorothy's List podcast. (link below)


A full transcript of the podcast and some wonderful photos of our scholars are available on the Dorothy's List website (link below)

Principal Berry also created a video about the day Ms. Noyes visited RES to interview fourth graders.



Dorothy's List was an amazing opportunity for our scholars and school community! We can't thank VPR and Dorothy’s List enough for choosing RES to represent Vermont student readers.

Monday, February 8, 2016

RES Fourth Graders will be on VPR Today! #resvt #vted #dorothyslist



RES fourth graders will be featured on Vermont Public Radio today during Vermont Edition at noon and 7 p.m.! They were interviewed in January for the VPR radio program Dorothy’s List, about the children’s books nominated for the Dorothy Canfield Fisher award.

Every month Dorothy’s List features a different title, and RES scholars were interviewed about El Deafo, an award-winning book written and illustrated by Cece Bell. Ms. Noyes interviewed our scholars as they discussed El Deafo, and she also recorded the fourth graders’ questions for the author.

Ths show will also be available on the Dorothy’s List podcast this afternoon. We are very grateful to VPR and Dorothy’s List for choosing RES to represent Vermont student readers!

Read more about it at the Dorothy's List Storify website!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Fourth Grade Capstone Project Research Questions #resvt #vted

Cross posted on the ThinkCreateCollaborate blog.




RES fourth graders have been working on their interest-based Capstone Projects, and they have each developed a research question they will use to focus their investigations. We are so impressed by the thoughtfulness of the questions! Our students have a great breadth of interests, and we can't wait to see the results of their research!

-Mrs. Rankin and Mrs. Redford

  • How do wolves live in the wild?
  • Is Bigfoot real?
  • How did Native Americans survive in the wilderness?
  • How have cars developed over the years and how will they look in the future?
  • How do crystals form?
  • Why did Egyptians bury valuable objects with kings and queens?
  • How are costumes made, especially Star Wars costumes?
  • How did the Japanese carry out the attack on Pearl Harbor?
  • How are movie special effects made, especially in Star Wars?
  • Why are some animals endangered?
  • How do you make amazing cupcakes?
  • What are some of the stories of Atlantis?
  • How does the brain work?
  • How do veterinarians heal animals?
  • What goes on when you’re playing a video game?
  • How have movies changed from the olden days until now?
  • What is history of women in the police force?
  • Why are coral reefs so colorful?
  • What is the history of humans and wolves?
  • How did the Easter Island stones get there?
  • Who was Anne Frank?
  • How do robots work?
  • How do piano and keyboard keys work?
  • How does a chef come up with a recipe?
  • How do mountains rise and fall?
  • What is the history of the Miami Dolphins?
  • How did Claude Monet create his paintings?
  • How did Mary Lou Retton win the Olympics?
  • Why are Lamborghinis and other sports cars so fast?
  • What was the rise and fall of the Vikings?
  • What do the Chinese use the dragon boat for?
  • Why is Marco Polo so important?
  • How do service dogs do their jobs?
  • Why did the ancient Greek people have so many gods?
  • How do different kinds of monkeys stay safe?
  • Why do people think the Bermuda Triangle is dangerous?
  • Who were some of the best known Egyptian gods and what were they known for?
  • How did the Allies win World War II in Europe?
  • How do animal biologists study animals?
  • Why are there so many different stories of mythological creatures?
  • What is the family tree of the immortal gods and Titans of the Greeks, and what are some of their stories?
  • How do you design and make a dress?
  • How should you treat your puppies?
  • Why are earthquakes different sizes and how do they affect people differently?
  • How are pandas in the wild different from pandas in captivity?


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


January 2016 at the RES library, by the numbers
  • Number of library books and other materials checked out by RES scholars, families, and staff: 1548 -- that's 81 per day in our four weeks of school this month
  • Number of times scholars used the PebbleGo nonfiction databases about animals, biographies,and more: 641
  • Number of TumbleBooks electronic books read and listened to: 462
  • Number of scholar visits to the library: over 1,000 (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 200