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.