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!