Thursday, October 27, 2016

Storms and Sustainability: Weeks 2 and 3 of Connecting Cultures with Hong Kong #resvt #rchkpyp #vted

As part of their "Comparing Cultures" Unit, RES second graders are connecting via the Internet with a classroom in Hong Kong. For the last two weeks we have been talking about Typhoon Haima, foods, farms, and sustainability!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Spotlight on: Research and Digital Citizenship in Fourth Grade Enrichment Library Classes #resvt #vsla #vted

For the past several weeks, fourth graders have been learning and practicing research and digital citizenship skills in their enrichment library classes. The scholars are working through a series of three interest-based projects for which they get to choose the topics themselves (see the examples below):

Quote Posters,

Google Documents with freely reusable images and citations,

and Mini Research Projects

In the process of creating these projects, the scholars are learning and practicing these important skills:
  • how to find information in a book
  • how to find images online that are free to reuse in school projects
  • how to create citations for books and online images
  • how to use Google Documents and the online tool
They are also learning more about topics they are interested in, from East Indian dance to Humvees to legendary monsters and much more! We are very proud of the fourth graders' hard work and perseverance on these projects.

- Darcie Rankin, RES enrichment teacher and Beth Redford, RES library media specialist

Thursday, October 13, 2016

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

As part of their "Comparing Cultures" Unit, RES second graders have started connecting with a classroom in Hong Kong! They are looking forward to exchanging questions and answers about Chinese and American culture. So far they have shared class pictures and a little bit about our school and play areas. The class in Hong Kong is a Year Three class (the same age as second graders). They attend the Renaissance College school, an international school for students ages 5 to 19. Here's a link to their school website:

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

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

RES kindergartners lost in their library books!

September 2016 at the RES library, by the numbers:
  • Number of library books and other materials checked out by RES scholars, families, and staff: 1868-- that's 89 per day in our four weeks of school this month
  • Number of TumbleBooks electronic books read and listened to: 192
  • Number of scholar visits to the library: over 900 (14 classes per week plus additional class visits plus individual visits)
  • Number of scholars served by the librarian during lessons and visits in classrooms: over 100
  • Number of kindergartners who checked out their first ever RES library books: 42! Hooray!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Reading Without Walls Challenge in @RESgrade3! cc: @geneluenyang @cbcbook

cross-posted from the 3rd Grade @ RES blog

Reading without Walls ~ a Challenge!

In the month of October, third graders at RES will be participating in the "Reading Without Walls" Challenge by National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang!

During the challenge, third graders are encouraged to expand their reading horizons by reading a book outside of their comfort zones!
  • Read a book about a character who doesn't look or live like you. 
  • Read a book about a topic you don't know much about. (STEM, history, sports) 
  • Read a book in a format you don't normally read for fun. (picture book, comic book, book in verse) 
Throughout the entire month, third graders will get to check out an extra book from the RES Library to help meet the goals of this challenge. We hope you have fun and enjoy finding new books to read with your family!

For more information, check out the website here!

image from, used with permission