Friday, May 26, 2017

Writing Concrete Poems in Second Grade Library Class! @resvt #vsla #vted

 One-word concrete poem: "Flying"
Can you see the "L" flying?

In collaboration with their classroom unit on poetry, RES second graders have been learning about and writing concrete poems in their library classes. Concrete poems, also known as shape poems, are poems where the arrangement of words or letters on the page add to the meaning of the poem.

Students shared several books of concrete poetry, then they wrote their own. We are so impressed with their creativity!

Friday, May 19, 2017

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

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

Video of computer components
How do computers work?

Model of treehouse with labels
How do you build a treehouse?

video game, programmed with Bloxels
How do you code a video game?

Trifold poster and iMovie
How do volcanoes erupt?
How did Harry Houdini do his magic tricks?

Time-lapse video of LEGO model being constructed
How and why was the Taj Mahal built?

Friday, May 12, 2017

Second grade heard from our friends in Hong Kong! #resvt #vsla #vted

Our friends in the 3LT class at Renaissance College Hong Kong commented on the voicethreads second graders created about Chinese culture! Our friends' comments are the later (bottom) comments on the slides if you would like to see or hear them.

Mrs. Robinson's Class

Miss Darling's class

Mrs. Riggs' class

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

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

Fourth grader using Bloxels and computer coding
to answer his research question
"How do you code a video game?"

April 2017 at the RES library, by the numbers:
  • Number of library books and other materials checked out by RES scholars, families, and staff: 1267 -- that's 84 items per day in our 15 days of school this month
  • Number of TumbleBooks electronic books read and listened to: 213
  • Number of times scholars used the PebbleGo nonfiction research database: 491
  • Number of times scholars used our new CultureGrams database to learn about geography and cultures: 281
  • Number of scholar visits to the library: over 600 (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 started work on their Capstone Presentations to share the answers to their research questions: 48 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Red Clover and Dorothy Canfield Fisher Winning Books, at RES and in Vermont! #resvt #vsla #vted

The Vermont statewide winner and the RES winner of the Red Clover children's choice book award for illustrated books is...

Meet the Dullards 
by Sarah Pennypacker, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri

The Vermont winner of the Dorothy Canfield Fisher children's choice award for longer books is...

The Terrible Two
by Jory John and Mac Barnett
Illustrated by Kevin Cornell

The RES winner of the Dorothy Canfield Fisher award is...

Roller Girl
Written and illustrated by Victoria Jamieson