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!.