Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Thinking Critically about the Internet

Today we will be using a rating sheet to evaluate websites.  You may not get to all of these steps today, so please start on Step One!

Step One: 
The topic of each of the sites below is endangered species. Pretend that you are about to do a project on endangered species,--go to one of these websites and use our rating sheet to decide if you would use the information you find there.

EndangeredSpecie.com (www.endangeredspecie.com)
Endangered Earth (www.endangeredearth.com/)
Pacific Northwest Tree Octopushttp://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus)
World Wildlife Fund: About Our Earth (http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/)
The Jackalope Conspiracy (www.sudftw.com/jackcon.htm)
Kids’ Planet: Species Fact Sheets (www.kidsplanet.org/factsheets/map.html)
Wikipedia: Endangered Species (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endangered_species)
Endangered! Exploring a World at Risk (www.learnnc.org/lp/external/1265)
Earth’s Endangered Creatures (www.earthsendangered.com/)

Step Two:
Share and discuss your results with a classmate at the same step as you.

Step Three:
Use the rating sheet to rate one of your favorite 'green' sites.  How does it hold up to our rating system?  

Step Four:
 We have spent a lot of time discussing advertising. How does advertising factor into websites?  What do you notice?  Do you think that makes a difference in whether or not a website should be used for research?  Look at a few of these websites with an eye for advertising.  (Think about this and we will discuss it as a class next time!)

Step Five:
Should we change the rating sheet? How? Why? Note any changes you would like to make on an extra rating sheet.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Finding Images Take 2!

You must visit each of the four websites listed below to find the image that best matches your needs! You are looking for an awesome picture to use in your 'State Project'.  Mrs. Berliner wants this image "to help teach about your state"--it will be used on your display poster. We recommend opening different windows, so you can go back to something later.  

At each website, we want you to think about whether or not this website has been helpful. Use the evaluation sheet to record your observations.

Option 1: 

World Book Online
Our library pays for a subscription to this resource. You can access it through the library website.  If you are not on a school computer, you need to use a login and password, available in the library.

Option 2: 
Google Advanced Image Search
*type in your search words at the top
*then go all the way to the bottom, click next to "useage rights," pick "free to use or share"
*click "Advanced Search"

Option 3:
Option 4:
Wikmedia Commons

When you have looked at all four sites for images, select an image.  Copy and paste this image (AND the CITATION!!!!) to a Microsfot Word document.

Please check in with an adult before you print.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Creativity Prompts--Building Monsters!

Try some free online software to build a monster!  Have fun, be creative and think about how you could use these applications!


                             image created with http://www.think-bank.com/iwb/flash/monster.html

ThinkBank Monster Maker

PBS Kids Alien Assembly

Scholastic Monster Maker

Build Your Wild Self

Sometimes people create avatars online. They use these to represent themselves when they are playing games or sharing.  Sometimes these avatars are intended to be cartoons that look like the person....but sometimes they are just silly! Students have done projects with cartoons they created online---this is just a first exploratory look at this sort of digital creating!

Here is a 'realistic' avatar Mrs Rankin created:
(Using FaceYourManga-  registration required)

And here is a funny one!
Wildself Image
(Using Build Your Wild Self-- linked above!)

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Putting It All Together: Interest Posters

So far you have learned how to find information in books, find images online, and write citations for books and online images. Now you will have a chance to put this all together on a poster about one of your interests!

Goals for this lesson:
  • Learn more about one of your interests
  • Share information about your interest with other scholars
  • Practice finding library books
  • Practice quoting or paraphrasing facts
  • Practice making citations for books and online image

Step 1: Choose one of your interests or hobbies...not an animal this time! Examples would be a sport, a craft, or a favorite activity.

Step 2: Look for a book in the RES library about your interest or hobby. You can use OPALS to search for a book, or you can go straight to the library shelves. If you can't find a book on your interest or hobby, go back to step 1 and choose something else (you will need to use a library book for this project).

Step 3: Use sticky notes to mark three facts in your book.

Step 4: Quote or paraphrase your three facts on a piece of paper. Information about quoting or paraphrasing your information is in this blog post.

Step 5: Write a citation for your book on the same piece of paper. Information about writing citations for books is in this blog post. Do not include page numbers, because you will be getting information from many different places in the book.

Step 6: Log on to a computer and find an image that shows your interest.  Copy the image and paste it into a Word document. Information about finding images is in this blog post.

Step 7: Make a citation for the image and put it in the same Word document. Information about citing images is in this blog post.

Step 8: Print out your Word document with the image and image citation.

Step 9: Put your image document and your facts-and-citation paper onto poster paper. Write a title on the top of your poster. Write your name and your teacher's name on the back. When you're done, your poster should look something like this.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Finding and Citing Images


Today we are going to be thinking about the best places to find images that we can use in our projects.  Sometimes the images can be ones we create----but sometimes we want to use a great photograph or drawing that someone else has created.  Pictures make projects even more interesting and exciting for your audience!

Our goals today are:

*Learn about a variety of places to search for images that are free and available for your use
*Learn how to cite your image sources
*Practice your cutting and pasting skills! 

Minilesson: Can I use it? Why do I cite it? How do I cite it?

Cite    vs.    Site

Some images are for sale...you can't use those.

Getty Images

Some images are "resuable" as long as you cite them.

Wikimedia Commons

Places to look for reusable images - listed on library website

 RES Library website

How to cite an image: CESU fourth grade

Use the URL (web page address)



*****Google images is not an image source! Click on "View Image" to get the real URL***

Step 1:  Pick a wild animal.  You will be looking for an excellent picture of this animal in its natural habitat.

Step 2:  Use the search engines below to find great images.  The goal is the best picture you can find, so do not settle for the first picture! After you try a site, before you go on to the next one, please go to Step 3.

Option 1: 
World Book Online
Our library pays for a subscription to this resource. You can access it through the library website.  If you are not on a school computer, you need to use a login and password, available in the library.

Option 2: 
Google Advanced Image Search
*type in your search words at the top
*then go all the way to the bottom, click next to "useage rights," pick "free to use or share"
*click "Advanced Search"

Option 3:

Option 4:
Wikmedia Commons

Only look at these if you have extra time! Option 5:
Discovery Education Clip Art Gallery use and citation information here

Option 6:
Open Clip Art Library (OCAL)

Step 3:   Evaluate the site you used to find your images using the scorecard.

Step 4: If you decide that the image is the best one you can find, you need to cut and paste it into a Microsoft Power Point presentation file.  INCLUDE the CITATION! (Copy and paste the URL)

Step 5:  Note your preferred site for finding images on your scorecard.  Share this with Mrs. Redford or Mrs. Rankin.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Surprising Facts, Excellent Citations

Today's class: Find a surprising fact and make a Quote Poster

Step 1: Find a partner

Step 2: Use OPALS to find 1 book on a topic your pair is interested in

Step 3: Find 1 cool or surprising fact in your book and mark it with a sticky note

Minilesson: Quote or Paraphrase?

Quote = use the original words, put quotation marks around it

"The Iditarod is the longest sled-dog race in the world -- more than one thousand miles long."

Paraphrase = retell in your own words.

The Iditarod dogsled race is over 1,000 miles long.

You have to cite it, no matter what!!!

Step 4: Write a quote or a paraphrase of your surprising fact on one side of your index card. When you are done, an adult should check it for you.

Minilesson: Citation for a book

Why do we cite / make citations?


Author's Last Name, Author's First Name. Title of the Book. Year the book was published. Pages where you found the information.

Siebert, Patricia. Mush! Across Alaska in the World's Longest Sled-Dog Race. 1992. Page 15.

 Author's Last Name, Author's First Name = Siebert, Patricia.

Title = Mush! Across Alaska in the World's Longest Sled-Dog Race.

Year the book was published = 1992.

Page where I found the information = 15.

Complete Citation

Siebert, Patricia. Mush! Across Alaska in the World's Longest Sled-Dog Race. 1992. Page 15.

Step 5: Write a citation for your book on the back side of your index card. These citations should be in your neatest handwriting--they will be on display!

Step 6:  We will go to the computer lab to create a fabulous fact picture to display on a bulletin board in the RES hallway. Make sure you have your index card!

Step 7:  Log on to your computer and go to: http://recitethis.com/

Step 8:  Type your amazing fact into the application and work as a team to select an interesting masterpiece.

Step 9:  Once you are happy with your image, create it! And download the image. Your image will be downloaded to your computer, and will be a .png file. It might look something like this:
Step 10:  Open up Microsoft PowerPoint and insert your image (Insert-->Picture-->From File).  Once you have checked with an adult you can print your image for our display!

When you are done, you may explore with any of the tools we have used so far in class (Word Clouds, Recite This)...or help to create our bulletin board by checking in with Mrs. Rankin!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Word Cloud Exploration and Creation

Background Info: 

As our first computer lab exploration we will be spending time in the lab creating word clouds.  Word clouds are a great way to summarize information in a fun format....or to share a list! Today we are getting used to the lab as a way to explore technology applications, trying out this blog as a way to communicate class plans,  and practicing computer skills (typing, copying and pasting, using multiple windows at the same time, and printing). We also want everyone to think about using each other to help troubleshoot computer problems and COLLABORATE as you problem solve!

The PLAN: 

We will be making word clouds that share some of our interests!

Step 1.  Open a Microsoft Word document and type your list.  
Include your first name at least five times.   
Include at least five interests. You can use your interest survey for ideas!

Step 2.  Choose one program from the following three programs to create a word cloud (click the link to open the program):

ABCya Word Cloud Generator:  http://www.abcya.com/word_clouds.htm

Wordle:  http://www.wordle.net/create

Tagxedo:  http://www.tagxedo.com/app.html

Step 3.  Copy and paste your Microsoft Word list into the program.

Step 4.  Use the design features until you are happy with your results!

Step 5.  Print your final word cloud. (Since these are in color, check in with an adult to make sure your printer is set up correctly!)

Step 6.  If you have extra time, try out a different program.  Which do you like better? How are they different?

Check out this word cloud by Mrs. Redford--it is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

And here is one by Mrs. Rankin!

Welcome To Our Blog! 2013-2014 Enrichment Library classes at RES #resvt #cesuvt #vted

Writing and recording raps about our learning styles

Welcome fourth grade scholars and families to our Enrichment Library class blog! We will be using this blog all year to share class assignments, helpful information, and the work the scholars will be doing. Here are a few highlights from our first weeks of class. If you would like to see work from last year, just scroll down the blog for earlier posts about research, Capstone Projects, and much more.

Please let us know if you have any questions or comments about the class! We would love to hear from you. -Darcie Rankin, RES Enrichment Teacher and Beth Redford, RES Teacher Librarian

Filming video scavenger hunt

Reviewing video scavenger hunt

Filming video scavenger hunt - biography section

Found the magazine section!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Fourth Grade Learning Celebration

On Monday, June 10 fourth graders shared their Capstone Projects at a Learning Celebration with their families and friends. They also shared advertisements they had created and other items from their learning this year in their Enrichment Library classes. We would like to extend our thanks to the families who attended, the many volunteers and RES staff who supported Enrichment Library classes this year, and to the scholars themselves for their hard work and enthusiasm. Thanks also to Principal Berry for making this video about the Capstone Projects and the Learning Celebration. We're already looking forward to next year! - Mrs. Rankin and Mrs. Redford

Monday, April 29, 2013

Capstone Project Presentation Formats #resvt #cesuvt

Explain Everything iPad application

RES fourth graders have been working on their interest-based Capstone Projects, and this week they began choosing their presentation formats or ways to communicate the answers to their research questions. We are so impressed by the many different, creative ways students have chosen to communicate their research findings, and we can't wait to see the final results! We will continue to add to this list as more scholars decide on their formats.
-Mrs. Rankin and Mrs. Redford

Capstone Project Presentation Formats...so far!

Hand-drawn comic strip
Toontastic (iPad application) comic strip
Poster with text and pictures
Glogster online poster with videos and links
Explain Everything (iPad application) video
Lego model with labels and information
Hand-drawn diagram with labels and information
Powerpoint slide show
iMovie (iPad application) video
Travel brochure
Sports radio broadcast recording

Original song lyrics
Tutorial (by student for adults)
Video of booktalk

More Updates!
Google presentation
Paper magazine
GoAnimate animated video

image from https://twitter.com/explainevrythng

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Google Advanced Image Search and other places to look for pictures you can use


One good way to find images you can use in your capstone projects:

Google Advanced Image Search
  • type in your search words at the top
  • then go all the way to the bottom, click next to "usage rights," pick "free to use or share"
  • click "Advanced Search"

Other places to find photos and clip art



Wikmedia Commons

Clip Art:

Discovery Education Clip Art Gallery use and citation information here

Open Clip Art Library (OCAL)

Google logo is from www.google.com

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Taking Notes

When you take notes, you are trying to take out just the important words and ideas you will need later. Here's a video about taking notes to get you started:

Fact Fragment Frenzy (Click on Demo)

Things to remember:

  • When you start using a new source, get a new piece of paper for your notes
  • Write the category of information at the top of your piece of paper (examples: elephant diet, elephant adaptations, elephant behavior)
  • Make a citation for your source on your bibliography page. Check with the example citations in the back of your organizer to see how your citation should look (format).

Grey, Elijah. Sephr_Notepad_with_Text_and_Pencil_1 from http://openclipart.org


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Collecting and Printing Online Information

Online information 
(from World Book, PebbleGo, websites)

Photos with nature by liontooth34 - This is made up of existing clipart from other users, remix can only tied to one. Sorry if yours was used and not credited
 Photos - not yet!

Document by Anonymous - A Document or page icon by Andrew Fitzsimon. Etiquette Icon set. From 0.18 OCAL database.
Text (mostly words) 

  • If you aren't sure if this is a good source, check with an adult before printing
  • Print in black and white
  • Decide what category the information fits into and write it at the top of the paper (example: Elephant Adaptations, Elephant Behavior, Elephant Diet)
  • Goal for the end of today: 1 book or 1 printed piece of information

Liontooth34. Photos. http://openclipart.org/people/liontooth34/photos.svg

Fitzsimon, Andrew. Anonymous_Document. http://openclipart.org/people/Anonymous/Anonymous_Document.svg

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Internet Research

Green Light sites - always okay to explore

Yellow Light sites – discuss with an adult before using


2)Try school-recommended sites on the library web page

3)Try other search engines besides Google:   
4) Broader and Narrower Search Terms
  • Not enough results? Use a broader term: “bears”
  • Too many results? Use a narrower term: “grizzly bears”

5) Is this a good website for me?
  • Can the author be trusted?
  • Does this site have the information I need?
  • Is the information accurate? (not a tree octopus!)
  • Is this site up to date?
  • Is the reading level good for me?

Capstone Project Research Questions #resvt #cesuvt

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RES Fourth graders have been working on their interest-based Capstone Projects, and 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

Capstone Project Research Questions

  • How did people develop the idea of hieroglyphics?
  • What physical characteristics do dogs have that make them good runners?
  • How are rookie stats from the 2012-2013 season different than experienced NBA players?
  • How was soccer invented?
  • How do cartoonists think of good characters?
  • How and why was skiing invented?
  • How do legends from different countries compare?
  • How was snowboarding invented and how did it evolve over time?
  • How do the people that make game characters make them come to life?
  • Why are pandas endangered?
  • Why do Lionel Messi’s characteristics make him a successful soccer player?
  • How do you know dogs’ emotions?
  • Why is Ilya Bryzgalov a successful hockey player?
  • How did the Garfield comic strip get famous?
  • How did The Script band start singing?
  • How do leopards pick a mate?
  • How can people help elephants?
  • How do comedians think of funny material?
  • How are airplanes made?
  • Why is there different weather in different places?
  • How do koalas live?
  • How were castles attacked in medieval times?
  • How are different types of screens made?
  • What did a Civil War soldier carry, and why?
  • How do gymnasts develop the motion of a back flip?
  • How did different breeds of dogs become different?
  • How do small saltwater fish survive in the ocean?
  • How has Disney World changed from when it was first built to how it is now in 2013?
  • How are chemicals used in cold medicine?
  • How are cars manufactured?
  • How do elephants survive in the wild?
  • How did the Minecraft creators make Minecraft?
  • What inspires songwriters to write popular songs?
  • How do computers work?
  • How are magnets used in technology?
  • How do leopards survive in the wild?
  • How do you make video games?
  • How easily did Usain Bolt become a professional runner compared to other world class runners?
  • How do computer games get made?
  • How do you decide on what dog food to give your dog?
  • How do companies make tennis rackets differently?
  • Why is France a popular place to visit?
  • How was Minecraft made and what are some of it’s mobs?
  • What is the history of sign language?
  • Why are beagles good pets?
  • Why are some cars faster than others?
  • How do farmers plant/raise organic bananas?
  • How do you setup a website?
  • How do netbooks work?
  • Why do bumble bee hummingbirds act the way they do?
  • Why is Italy a popular place to visit?
  • How do seahorses survive in the water?
  • How do you become a player of the professional soccer league?
  • How do you become a player in the Major League Baseball (MLB)?
  • Why are elephants able to live in Africa?
  • Why is the Superdome so famous?

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