Monday, December 15, 2014

#HourOfCode Computer Programming in Grade 4 #resvt #cesuvt #vted

RES fourth graders writing computer code with 
Scratch programming language

Fourth graders at RES are learning to write short computer programs in their Enrichment Library classes. They are using the Scratch programming language, which was developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as an engaging introduction to programming for students and other beginners. These activities are part of the nationwide Hour Of Code initiative to encourage young people to try writing or "coding" computer programs. Our scholars worked hard and helped each other as they were coding!

Here's one program written in Scratch by an RES fourth graders. Check out the others online at the RES Scratch Page!

Click the green flag to start
Press the spacebar for other fun!

More information about Hour of Code can be found at the links below:

Scratch is a free programming language! You can program with it online or download it to your computer from the Scratch Website. It's also available as a free iPad app for younger scholars.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Book Commercials by Grade 4 Scholars #resvt #cesuvt #booktrailers

RES fourth graders have been learning about advertising and media literacy in their enrichment library classes. As culminating projects, the fourth graders created their own commercials for books they wanted to recommend to others. Their goals for these projects were

  • to provide some information about the books
  • to use at least two advertising strategies to convince other people to read them

Students were able to choose
  • the format of the commercials: audio or video
  • which books to promote
  • which advertising strategies to use
We are very proud of their work! Take a look at the advertising strategies in the photo at the bottom of this blog post and see if you can identify the strategies in the different commercials.

Mrs. Berliner's Class

The author of El Deafo gave us a compliment about this commercial!

Paper advertisement for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

 Ms. Erickson's Class

Audio Book Commercial for Holes by Louis Sachar

Ms. Senning's Class

Advertising Strategies used by the scholars
Which did you notice?