Tuesday, April 26, 2016

RES Red Clover Results #resvt #resreads #cesuvt #vted #vlsa


RES Red Clover Winning Book:
Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton

All school year, RES scholars have been sharing the 10 excellent picture books on the 2015-2016 Red Clover Award reading list. Every year the Vermont Center for the Book puts together a new reading list of 10 fiction and nonfiction picture books for this award, which is named after our state flower. Vermont students in kindergarten through fourth grade read, listen to, discuss, and write about the books on the list. Then each student votes for his or her favorite. RES students voted for Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton as their favorite Red Clover book this year!




Other top vote-getters were Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse by Torben Kuhlmann and Elizabeth: Queen of the Seas, written by Lynne Cox and illustrated by Brian Floca (shown above).

All the votes from RES will go to the Vermont Department of Libraries. The Department of libraries will add our votes together with votes from elementary schools all over Vermont. The top vote-getter from the whole state will be declared the Red Clover Award Winner for 2016. More information about the Red Clover program is available at the Red Clover Website.

We are very proud of our scholars and their hard work in reading and evaluating this year's Red Clover books!

Dorothy Canfield Fisher (DCF) Book Award Voting Results at #RESvt! #resreads #vted #vsla

On April 15, RES fourth grade scholars completed their participation in the annual Dorothy Canfield Fisher (DCF) Award reading program. Every year, Vermont scholars in grades four through eight who participate in this program read titles from a list of new books. Each scholar who reads or listens to at least five titles on the list can vote on his or her favorite book. At RES, fourth graders who read at least five books on the current DCF list  also receive invitations to a lunchtime pizza party in the RES library.

When RES fourth graders voted for their favorite DCF book, the winner was:


Under the Egg
by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

Other top choices were Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson and The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm.

We are very proud of all of our fourth grade scholars who took part in the 2014-2015 DCF Book Award reading program! Between them they read and listened to many thousands of pages of fiction and nonfiction, improved their reading skills, and persevered in reading some very challenging stories. We hope they will all continue with the DCF program next year as fifth graders at Camels Hump Middle School!

More information about the DCF Book Award is available at the DCF website.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Second Grade Comparing Cultures eBooks #resvt

As part of their Comparing Cultures unit, second graders at RES collaborated to write eBooks to compare aspects of culture in China, Mexico, and the United States. The books written by Miss Darling's class and Mrs. Robinson's class are shown as videos below. Mrs. Riggs' class will be finishing their book soon and we will post it then!








Friday, April 8, 2016

Creating Capstone Presentations in Fourth Grade #resvt #vted #geniushour

Fourth graders are creating presentations to share what they have learned over the course of their Capstone Projects in enrichment library class. Below are a few examples of the presentations-in-progress and the research questions they answer. We are incredibly proud of all of our fourth grade scholars for their thoughtfulness and hard work on these projects! We look forward to sharing them all at Art/Music/Capstone night on May 18. - Darcie Rankin, enrichment teacher and Beth Redford, library media specialist.

Mood board and dress
How do you design and make a dress?

iMovie and student-grown crystals
How do crystals form?


Google Slides presentation
How do service dogs do their jobs?


puppet show -- script in progress
Who were some of the best known Egyptian gods 
and what were they known for?


comic book
Why are there so many different stories 
of legendary creatures?


LEGO model and poster with text
How did the Allies win World War II?







Friday, April 1, 2016

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

RES second graders and the students of class 3LT 
at the Renaissance College School in Hong Kong


March 2016 at the RES library, by the numbers
  • Number of library books and other materials checked out by RES scholars, families, and staff: 1761 -- that's 84 per day in our four weeks of school this month
  • Number of times scholars used the PebbleGo nonfiction databases about animals, biographies,and more: 489
  • Number of TumbleBooks electronic books read and listened to: 145
  • Number of scholar visits to the library: over 800 (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 300
  • Number of second graders who have been discussing culture via Twitter with a class in Hong Kong: 46 (all three classes). It turns out we all love Roald Dahl books!