Friday, April 14, 2017

More about Chinese Culture: RES Second Graders Share #resvt #vted #vsla #rchkpyp #awesome3LT

As part of their Comparing Cultures unit, second graders at RES learned about different aspects of Chinese culture including education, food, the arts, language, celebrations, and clothing.  Miss Darling's and Mrs. Riggs'  classes put together these Voicethread slideshows with text, audio, and video comments about what they learned. We hope you enjoy them!





Friday, April 7, 2017

What do we know about Chinese culture? RES Second Graders Share #resvt #vted #vsla #rchkpyp #awesome3LT

As part of their Comparing Cultures unit, second graders at RES learned about different aspects of Chinese culture including education, food, the arts, language, celebrations, and clothing.  Mrs. Robinson's class put together this Voicethread slideshow with text, audio, and video comments about what they learned. We hope you enjoy it! Slideshows from Miss Darling's and Mrs. Riggs' classes will be coming soon.





Tuesday, April 4, 2017

March 2017 at the RES Library, by the numbers #resvt #vsla #vted

Second grade scholar using Twitter to ask students in Hong Kong 
about their winter weather

March 2017 at the RES library, by the numbers:
  • Number of library books and other materials checked out by RES scholars, families, and staff: 1207 -- that's 57 items per day in our 21 days of school this month
  • Number of TumbleBooks electronic books read and listened to: 209
  • Number of times scholars used the PebbleGo nonfiction research database: 525
  • Number of times scholars used our new CultureGrams database to learn about geography and cultures: 276
  • Number of scholar visits to the library: over 850 (14 classes per week plus additional class visits plus individual visits)
  • Number of scholars served by librarian visits to  classrooms: over 200
  • Number of second graders who have been talking online with a class in Hong Kong via Twitter: 47! You can read more about their exchanges here.

Monday, March 20, 2017

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 printed articles and books (see photo above). It can also  look like reading websites or watching online videos. One student viewed a video and website and took notes about a prototype of a flying car to help answer his research question, "How will cars look in the future?


More information at www.aeromobil.com


Another student took notes from an online encyclopedia to help answer his question, "How do we remember things?"




We are very proud of all our scholars, and we can't wait to see their finished Capstone Projects!


Friday, February 24, 2017

February 2017 at the RES Library, by the numbers #resvt #vsla #vted

Fourth grade scholars looking for resources to answer
their research questions about animation and pottery

February 2017 at the RES library, by the numbers:
  • Number of library books and other materials checked out by RES scholars, families, and staff: 1328 -- that's 78 items per day in our three weeks of school this month
  • Number of TumbleBooks electronic books read and listened to: 168
  • Number of times scholars used the PebbleGo nonfiction research database: 316
  • Number of scholar visits to the library: over 700 (14 classes per week plus additional class visits plus individual visits)
  • Number of scholars served by librarian visits to  classrooms: over 150
  • Number of fourth graders who developed research questions for their independent capstone projects: 49. You can read their amazing questions here: Fourth Grade Capstone Research Questions

Monday, February 20, 2017

Fourth Grade Capstone Project Research Questions #resvt #geniushour #vted

Cross-posted from the Think Create Collaborate blog.




RES fourth graders have been working on their interest-based Capstone Projects in their Enrichment Library classes.  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 guitars, drums, and pianos make sounds?
  • How do architects make their plans?
  • How do things get their names?
  • World War II: What was it like at home during that time period?
  • How do people create good doodles?
  • How do people get evidence of monsters?
  • Why would someone make an instrument?
  • How are coral reefs made?
  • How did World War II submarines work?
  • How did the Battle of the Bulge happen?
  • How do inventors come up with inventions?
  • How are cows treated from birth to death?
  • How will cars look in the future?
  • How are electronic games made?
  • How do different deep sea creatures survive?
  • Why did some people join Hitler?
  • What features make supercars so fast?
  • How did they make Bugattis so fast?
  • What makes an animal a rodent?
  • How is a black hole formed?
  • How do computers work?
  • How do you care for and train a bunny?
  • How do people use drones for photography?
  • How do we remember things?
  • What is the history of ballet?
  • What is the history of horseback riding?
  • How do magicians do tricks?
  • How do you choreograph a dance?
  • How did the Civil War start?
  • How are stop motion movies made?
  • How do you a code a video game?
  • How do you build a treehouse?
  • How did Harry Houdini do his magic tricks?
  • Why do volcanoes erupt?
  • How is time and space the same thing?
  • How do artists make different clay pots?
  • How did women's clothing in the 1900s develop over time?
  • How do you make a cartoon?

Friday, February 3, 2017

January 2017 at the RES library, by the numbers #resvt #vsla #vted

Second graders working on their
blog posts about animals

January 2017 at the RES library, by the numbers:
  • Number of library books and other materials checked out by RES scholars, families, and staff: 1553 -- that's 78 items per day.
  • Number of TumbleBooks electronic books read and listened to: 339
  • Number of times scholars used the PebbleGo nonfiction research database: 467
  • Number of scholar visits to the library: over 700 (14 classes per week plus additional class visits plus individual visits)
  • Number of scholars served by librarian visits to  classrooms: over 200
  • Number of second graders who researched, wrote, and blogged about interesting animals: 52. You can see their awesome blog posts on the RES Second Grade Animal Blog!.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Fourth Grade Enrichment Library Classes: Book Trailers and Media Literacy #vsla #vted #resvt

Fourth graders at RES just finished a unit on media literacy their Enrichment Library classes. 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.

We hope you enjoy the book trailers! Can you identify some of the strategies used by our scholars? They may include Association, Bandwagon, Beautiful People, Bribery, Celebrity Endorsements, Experts, Explicit Claims, Fear, Humor, Intensity, Maybe/Weasel Words, Plain Folks, Testimonials, Repetition, and Warm and Fuzzy.

We share all our scholars' book trailers on YouTube and Twitter. Sometimes we hear back from authors that they liked the trailers! We have added those mentions below the videos.










S.S. Taylor, the Author of The Expeditioners, liked this book trailer on Twitter!











The author of Life of Ty, Lauren Myracle liked this book trailer on Twitter!






















Laurie Keller, the author of Arnie the Doughnut, liked this book trailer on Twitter!




















The author of Roller Girl, Victoria Jamieson, liked this book trailer on Twitter!








The author of Awkward, Svetlana Chmakova, liked this book trailer on Twitter!



















Monday, January 30, 2017

Blog posts are done! Research, Writing, and Blogging in Second Grade #resvt #TCRWP #vsla #vted


Blog posts are done! You can see them at the RES Second Grade Animal blog.

Second graders at RES have just completed a nonfiction writing and blogging unit. This is a collaborative unit taught by the second grade teachers and Beth Redford, our library media specialist.

First, second graders chose interesting animals, researched them in the PebbleGo online database, and wrote down facts to use in their blog posts.

Second, the scholars used their notes to create informational writing pieces about their animals. They used their strategies from Writing Workshop to write introductions that hooked their readers, transitions that kept their readers interested, and conclusions that wrapped up their pieces. They also used what they knew about nonfiction text features to add illustrations, diagrams, and labels to help their readers better understand their animals.

Finally, the second graders used the Blogger iPad app to create posts for the RES Second Grade Animal blog. They typed in the great texts they had written, and then added photographs of their illustrations. Our first blog post from this year is already on the blog! And more posts will be coming in the next few weeks. We are very proud of all our second grade scholars!

Friday, January 20, 2017

More Media Literacy and Book Trailers in Fourth Grade Enrichment Library Class #vsla #vted

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 another great example, from a fourth graders who used several advertising strategies to promote their book: Celebrity Endorsement, Humor, Bribery, and Intensity. As scholars practice using these strategies themselves, they become more aware of how advertisers use the same strategies try to influence them. That's the media literacy piece! You can see even more of these fantastic book trailers on the RES Library Featured Book Review list on YouTube.



Friday, January 13, 2017

Research, Writing, and Blogging in Second Grade #resvt #TCRWP #vsla #vted

Second graders at RES have been working on a nonfiction writing and blogging unit. This is a collaborative unit taught by the second grade teachers and Beth Redford, our library media specialist. First, second graders chose interesting animals, researched them in the PebbleGo online database, and wrote down facts to use in their blog posts.

 Researching facts about bobcats and lynxes


Anacondas have how many teeth?!?


Second, the scholars used their notes to create informational writing pieces about their animals. They used their strategies from Writing Workshop to write introductions that hooked their readers, transitions that kept their readers interested, and conclusions that wrapped up their pieces. They also used what they knew about nonfiction text features to add illustrations, diagrams, and labels to help their readers better understand their animals.



Classroom chart: Ways to write an introduction


 This scholar used the "riddle" strategy
to engage her readers with her introduction


And this scholar used labels in her illustration
to show the life cycle of a turtle

Finally, the second graders used the Blogger iPad app to create posts for the RES Second Grade Animal blog. They typed in the great texts they had written, and then added photographs of their illustrations. Our first blog post from this year is already on the blog! And more posts will be coming in the next few weeks. We are very proud of all our second grade scholars!


Creating blog posts on iPads

The first blog post! You can see these posts live

Friday, January 6, 2017

App Smashing, Media Literacy, and Book Trailers in Fourth Grade Enrichment Library Classes #vted #vsla

Fourth graders at RES are continuing to wrap 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 are two more great examples, from a fourth graders who used the advertising strategies of Intensity, Plain Folks, Fear (to get the viewer's attention), and Repetition in their book trailers for Smile by Raina Telgemeier and The Time of the Fireflies by Kimberley Griffiths Little.

And a behind the scenes note: these scholars used the "app smashing" technique of using more than one application on a digital device to create a single final product. The fourth graders used the iMovie, Green Screen, Camera, and Notes apps together make these amazing videos!




Monday, January 2, 2017

December 2016 at the RES library, by the numbers #resvt #vsla #vted



Video commercial (book trailer) for Life of Ty:Penguin Problems
Written and filmed by an RES fourth grader!

December 2016 at the RES library, by the numbers:
  • Number of library books and other materials checked out by RES scholars, families, and staff:1378 -- that's 92 per day in our three weeks of school this month
  • Number of TumbleBooks electronic books read and listened to: 155
  • Number of scholar visits to the library: over 700 (13 classes per week plus additional class visits plus individual visits)
  • Number of fourth graders who are creating video commercials for books (book trailers) as part of their media literacy unit: 49. See the great example above!