Thursday, June 15, 2017

Capstone Celebration 2017

Fourth graders gathered on Wednesday, June 14 to share their Capstone Projects and celebrate their learning at our Capstone Celebration. These fourth graders have been participating in a once a week class, co-taught by teacher-librarian Beth Redford and enrichment teacher Darcie Rankin. The class focuses on digital literacy, critical thinking, research skills, and interest driven projects. Scholars’ culminating activities were independent, interest driven research projects. Each scholar selected a topic and designed a Capstone Project to share his or her interests and knowledge. We are so proud of all our scholars!

Thank you very much to our District's Director of Curriculum, Communication and Innovation, Mike Berry for visiting our Capstone Celebration to capture our scholars' learning and pride in the video below.


Monday, June 12, 2017

Capstone Presentations 2017 : Mrs. LeFrancois' Scholars @resvt #geniushour #vsla #vted

These Capstone Presentations were created in Enrichment Library class by RES fourth graders in Mrs. LeFrancois' class. The scholars developed their own research questions, which are shown above the presentations that answer them. We are very proud of all our fourth grade scholars!

How do people use drones for photography?


How did they make Bugattis so fast?

What is the history of ballet?


How do different deep sea creatures survive? (cover and two pages from a magazine)



What is Desmond Tutu known for?

How do you care for and train a bunny?


What makes an animal a rodent?

How are puppies and dogs different?


Why did people join Hitler?

How do computers work?


How will cars look in the future?

How do we remember things? (podcast, audio only)


What is the history of horseback riding?

What features make supercars so fast?

How are electronic video games made?


How is a black hole formed?






Friday, June 9, 2017

Capstone Presentations 2017 : Mrs. Berliner's Scholars @resvt #geniushour #vsla #vted

These Capstone Presentations were created in Enrichment Library class by RES fourth graders in Mrs. Berliner's class. The scholars developed their own research questions, which are shown above the presentations that answer them. Presentations from Mrs. LeFrancois' class and Ms. Senning's class will be posted very soon. We are very proud of all our fourth grade scholars!

Why are things named the way they are?



What happened in the Battle of the Bulge?


How do songwriters write their songs?



Why would someone make an instrument?


How do guitars, pianos, and drums make their sounds?



What is a CAFO cow's life like, from birth to death?


What lives in the deep sea?



How do U-boats work?


How was the Taj Mahal built?



Are illusions real magic?


How do inventors come up with their ideas?



How do architects make their plans?



How does coral grow?



What was it like in England on the home front during World War II?



How do people get evidence of monsters?



How do people create good doodles? Three pages from a book





Thursday, June 8, 2017

Capstone Presentations 2017 : Ms. Senning's Scholars @resvt #geniushour #vsla #vted

These Capstone Presentations were created in Enrichment Library class by RES fourth graders in Ms. Senning's class. The scholars developed their own research questions, which are shown above the presentations that answer them. We are very proud of all our fourth grade scholars!

How do magicians do their illusions?


How do you choreograph a song? (still photo from a video)

Why did the Civil War start?

What do we know about the universe?


How do artists make different clay creations?

How did Harry Houdini do his tricks?


How do video games work?


Why do volcanoes erupt?

How do you make an animated cartoon?


How do you build a treehouse?

How are stop motion videos made?


What are some dangerous magic tricks?

How do you code a video game?


How do you build a treehouse?

How did women's clothing in the 1920s develop?


How do computer parts work together?







Sunday, April 16, 2017

Sharing our IDEAS!

This is an exciting time in the capstone research process!  You have gathered and collected resources, done research, and are close or have answered your question.  Now it is time to:

THINK ABOUT SHARING YOUR LEARNING!?!
BE CREATIVE!
BE INNOVATIVE!
Do something that you are going to enjoy making and sharing!
Think about your project—what you share should be connected to your question.
At the end of the project our goal for you is to have something you are proud of!
Today is about planning your project.  You are not limited to these ideas, but they might help you to get started!  Don't be afraid to try a new tool either! AND, you can combine ideas or have two parts to your project.



Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Organizing Your Capstone Claims and Notes to Answer your Research Question

Today we are going to work on organizing the information you will include in your Capstone presentations. You will be reading through your notes, deciding on Claims that help answer your research question, and organizing your notes under your Claims. These organized Claims and notes will be the content of your presentation.

Steps for Organizing Your Claims and Notes

Friday, February 24, 2017

Taking Notes from Videos, Audio Recordings, Interviews, and Websites







The steps for taking notes from a print source, like a book or a website, are:

How to take notes from print
  • Read a section of text
  • Think about the new information until it makes sense
  • Ask yourself, “Does this information help answer my research question?”
  • Connect new information with what you knew before
  • Write down the important words

Use the same strategies for other sources:



How to take notes from an interview
(it's a great idea to video or audio record
an interview so you can go back and listen later)
  • Ask one question at a time
  • Think about the answer until it makes sense (you may need to ask a follow up question)
  • Ask yourself, “Does this information help answer my research question?”
  • Connect new information with what you knew before
  • Write down the important words


How to take notes from a video or audio recording
  • If it's less than 5 minutes, watch or listen to the whole recording one time
  • Go back to the beginning and watch or listen to a section
  • PAUSE THE RECORDING! Think about the new information until it makes sense
  • Ask yourself, “Does this information help answer my research question?”
  • Connect new information with what you knew before
  • Write down the important words