Monday, December 14, 2015

Evaluating Websites for Research



Each of the websites below is about the explorer Samuel de Champlain. Pretend that you are about to do a project on Samuel de Champlain. Go to each of these websites and use our evaluation sheet to decide if you would use the information you find there.


1) Samuel de Champlain from World Book Kids. To hear this article read aloud, click Tools then Hear text read aloud. (In-class example, not for your rating sheet)

2) Samuel de Champlain from World Book Student. Hint: "Contributor" means "Author." To hear this article read aloud, click
then Text-to-speech.

3) Samuel de Champlain on Weebly.

4) Samuel de Champlain from All About Explorers.



When you are done, compare your rating sheet with the student sitting next to you.


Bonus once you have finished everything above and checked with Mrs. Rankin or Mrs. Redford: Evaluate this site.

Click this link to see the Web Site Evaluation Sheet

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Exploring Constellations

Fourth Grade Solar System Explorers!
We have been learning so much about our own solar system that we have not spent a lot of time thinking about other stars beyond our sun. This lesson is a chance for you to think and learn about constellations (and if you are interested about some of the activity on the international Space Station!) For Step 1 and 2 you can use your Chromebook in the library.  For the rest you can visit Mrs. Rankin's room to continue your exploration!

 Step 1: What is a constellation? Watch one of these two videos (or both) to learn the basics. http://www.videojug.com/film/what-is-a-constellation

http://www.watchknowlearn.org/Video.aspx?VideoID=25019&CategoryID=407

Step 2:  Can you find the constellations?
Play this video game to try to match the shapes with the stars!
http://www.kidsastronomy.com/astroskymap/constellation_hunt.htm

Step 3:  Learn and think more about constellations
These centers will be available to visit and learn more.

*  Make a Star Finder
(I got this idea from: http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/starfinder/en/  )

* Create a watercolor constellation painting

*  Read books and learn the myths behind the constellations

* Create your own constellation

*  Write a star poem

AND....I just cannot stop learning about the International Space Station...if you are interested too, here is an online resource to check out:
http://www.timeforkids.com/minisite/space





Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Solar System Wonder Posters


You will be creating "Wonder" posters to help answer your questions about the solar system!

Goals for this project
  • Learn more about a solar system or space topic that interests you
  • Share your learning with other scholars
  • Practice quoting or paraphrasing facts
  • Practice finding online images
  • Practice making citations for books and online images

Steps for this project (this project will take more than one class)

1) Come up with a Wonder question (use scrap paper)

2) Check your question with an adult - some questions are better for research than others!

3) Write your Wonder question on your organizer

4) Write your name on your organizer

5) Use books first, then online resources to answer your question

6) Write your evidence on your organizer - quote or paraphrase the information

7) Write citations for your sources on your organizer

8) Find an online image to illustrate your poster

9) Create a Google document. Copy and paste your image and your image citation (URL) into your Google document

10) Check your Google document with an adult

11) After you have checked your Google document with an adult, print it out in color

12) Put your poster together so it looks like the example

Congratulations!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Solar System Songs and Videos to Support Learning

In enrichment/library the past few weeks we have been using songs and videos to support our learning and understanding of the planets and their location in space, what makes day and night, and the scale of the solar system.

As students learn about the solar system they are thinking about the essential questions:

*What Makes Day and Night?
*How are all of the planets in the solar system related to one another?
*How do the size and distance of celestial bodies impact how they are viewed from Earth?

 Here are some of the tools we used to support our learning. Please enjoy viewing them, and let us know if you have other videos or songs that have been great for learning!



 

 

 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Surprising Facts, Excellent Citations

Surprising Facts, Excellent Citations

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



Step 1: Find a book about the planet you are interested in

Step 2: Find 1 cool or surprising fact about your planet and mark it with a sticky note



Minilesson: Quote or Paraphrase?









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

"Mars is the home of the solar system's largest volcano, called Olympus Mons."


Paraphrase = retell in your own words.

The highest volcano in the solar system is on Mars.


You have to cite it either way.









Step 3: 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?



Format


Author's Last Name, Author's First Name. Title of the Book. Year the book was published.

 Carney, Elizabeth. Planets. 2012.



Author's Last Name, Author's First Name = Carney, Elizabeth.


Title = Planets.






Year the book was published = 2012.


Complete Citation

 Carney, Elizabeth. Planets. 2012.


Step 4: 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 5:  We will be using Chromebooks to create a fabulous fact picture to display in the library and around the school. Make sure you have your index card!


Step 6:  Log on to your computer and go to: http://recitethis.com/ 

If that does not work, try:
http://recite.com/

Step 7:  Type your amazing fact into the application and choose how how you want it to look

Step 8:  Once you are happy with your image, create it! Download the image. It might look something like this.




Step 9: Open your dowloaded .png file. Print it out on the rlab-colorcopier-50501. Make sure it's set to Color printing

Step 10: Tape your index card to the bottom of your quote poster with the citation showing (see Mrs. Redford's example).

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Welcome to Enrichment Library Classes 2015-2016! #resvt #vted

Welcome  to our 2015-2015 Enrichment Library classes! Mrs. Rankin and Mrs. Redford will be teaching this class for fourth graders each week. Scholars will be learning digital and information literacy skills, studying the solar system, and creating individual Capstone Projects about topics they choose.


Introduction video








What will students be learning?


Fabulous Fact Poster


Digital and information literacy skills!
  • searching for information
  • evaluating information
  • citing sources















Our Solar System (click to enlarge)
New this year: The Solar System! 














Capstone Project: How Was Stonehenge Built?





Second half of the year: Capstone Projects
  • Students choose the topics
  • Learn more about something you love
  • Create your own presentation to share what you know






solar system image is by NASA/JPL http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/gallery/OSS.jpg

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Capstone Celebration 2015

Fourth grade scholars at RES 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 self selected a topic and designed a Capstone Project to share his or her interests and knowledge. Fourth graders and their families and friends gathered on Wednesday, May 13 to share their Capstone Projects and celebrate their learning. We hope you enjoy this video from our Celebration.





Digital versions of many of the projects are available at the links below:


Mrs. Berliner's Class Capstone Presentations


Ms. Erickson's Class Capstone Presentations


Ms. Senning's Class Capstone Presentations


Thank you very much to all the adult experts and volunteers who assisted our scholars!



And congratulations to our fourth graders on their hard work and creativity!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Capstone Presentations: Ms. Erickson's Scholars #geniushour #resvt #cesuvt #vted

Here are samples of the Capstone Presentations created in Enrichment Library class by RES fourth graders in Ms. Erickson'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!


What is the history of firefighting and how is it different today?



How do marine animals get injured and how do they get rehabbed by people?



How do you safely detonate a controlled explosion?


How is American Sign Language different and the same as Baby Sign Language?




How are muscle cars and sports cars the same or different?
Muscle Cars and Sport Cars (click link to view Glog)



How are different special effects made in movies?



What are some different forms of poetry, and what are some ways to help me write them?



How do you get touch screen electronics to work?



How does bats' echolocation work and why do bats have it?



How does a great bakery decorate wedding and occasion cakes?



How do magicians do magic tricks and illusions?



Why are wolves almost gone in the U.S., and are they coming back?



What are the differences between various species of seals?



What are the steps of making a video game?


How did Lea Michelle become famous?

Monday, May 11, 2015

Capstone Presentations: Mrs. Berliner's Scholars #geniushour #resvt #cesuvt #vted

Here are samples of the Capstone Presentations 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. The Capstone Presentations from Ms. Erickson's class will be posted shortly. We are very proud of all our fourth grade scholars!


How do magicians do their tricks?



How do puppies and dogs communicate with humans?


Why did dinosaurs go extinct?



 How does a bird's body form eggs?


How could the cars of the future be different from cars today?




Why have animated T.V. cartoons changed over time?
Animated Cartoons (click link to view Glog)



How does the human brain work?


How was Magic: The Gathering created and how does the game work?



What are the top three endangered mammals and why are they endangered?


How do you build a computer?



How was WWE created?



How are fossils made?


Why was the Roman army so effective?


How were the Greek and Roman armies the same and different?


How was Stonehenge built and who built it?


How do people make video games?

Capstone Presentations: Ms. Senning's Scholars #geniushour #resvt #cesuvt #vted

Here are samples of the Capstone Presentations 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. The Capstone Presentations from Mrs. Berliner's and Ms. Erickson's class will be posted shortly. We are very proud of all our fourth grade scholars!



How do movie makers make special effects and makeup in movies?


How do you make a convertible sports stadium work?


How do authors and illustrators design and create their comics?


How will future technology affect America?
How Will Future Technology Affect America? (click link to view Glog)


How has space gear changed over time?



How did Taylor Swift change throughout her singing years?



How did the the Black Death affect society in the Middle Ages?


How will people travel in the future?



How do artists design and create pottery?



How are the proteins people eat different in Asia and North America?



How do scientists learn about the future?



How is a Russian child's day different and the same as an American child's day?

How do different mammals communicate in different ways?


How do you code a video game?



How have Disney stars changed from ordinary kids to famous actresses?

How is a house designed?










Thursday, March 26, 2015

Synthesis of Learning: Capstone Project 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.
Here are some ideas to help you get started:
Technology Tool Ideas:
On the iPads:
*iMovie
Make a movie, make a trailer
*Word Photo
Combine pictures and words to convey your idea
*Photofunia
Post information or pictures on unique photo displays
*Tellagami
Create a talking avatar and use it to share information
*ExplainEverything, Skitch, Educreations, ShowMe
All of these apps allow you to create a presentation with words and pictures, drawings and more
*AutoRap
Create a rap about your topic
*Sock Puppets, Puppet Pals or Toontastic
Try some different ways of presenting information
*IMotion
Use Stop Motion Video to tell a story
On the computer:
*Microsoft Power Point/Google Presentation
Do you really know what you can do with these tools?  How to embed pictures and text and make them interesting?
* Word Clouds
Present your main ideas


*BitStrips
Create an online cartoon
http://www.bitstripsforschools.com/
(See Mrs. Rankin for a user name)

*Glogster
Create an online interactive poster including pictures, words and video
http://edu.glogster.com/
(See Mrs. Rankin for a user name)
 
*WeVideo
Create and edit videos
 
*Podcast
Create an audio of ideas (words and sound effects)

OR DO YOU KNOW ANY DIGITAL TOOLS NOT LISTED???
And, these are just a few ideas—don’t limit yourself to something you have already done!
 
What else can you do?
*Build or make ‘something’
*Plays
*Puppets Shows
*Poster
*Create a Book
*Create a magazine
*Create a comic strip
 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Citation Review


Minilesson: Citation for a book

Why do we make citations?



Format


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.
  
Other materials:

Example Citations

Book
Author last name, author first name. Book Title. Publisher, year.
Brown, Dottie. New Hampshire. Lerner Publications Company, 2002.
Encyclopedia
Author last name, author first name. “Article Title.” Encyclopedia Title. Publisher, year.  Volume, page number.
Adams, Robert L. A. and Charles E. Clark. “New Hampshire.”.World Book. World Book, Inc., 2005. Vol. 14, 208-227.
Website
Author last name, author first name. “Article Title.” Name of Website. Publishing organization, date of information. Web. Date accessed.
Vermont Secretary of State. “History.” Vermont Secretary of State Kids Pages. State of Vermont, 2006. Web. May 5, 2010.
Image

Use the URL for the image (not the Google search!)


YouTube or other online video

Author’s Name or Poster’s Username. “Title of Image or Video.” Online video clip. Name of Website. Name of Website’s Publisher, date video posted. Web. date retrieved.

Shimabukuro, Jake. "Ukulele Weeps by Jake Shimabukuro." Online video clip. YouTube. YouTube, 22 Apr. 2006. Web. 9 Sept. 2010.
Person/Interview

Name of the person, Information about their expertise if applicable, date of interview, format flexible.

Johnson, Katherine, DVM. Personal Interview.  1 June 2012.


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Capstone Projects - Taking Notes #resvt #vsla #tlchat





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:
  • write the big idea in the box
  • write your supporting details on the bulleted lines 
  •  write a citation on your bibliography page the first time you write down anything from a source

Monday, February 9, 2015

Capstone Project Research Questions #resvt #geniushour #vted



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 could the cars of the future be different from cars today?
  • How was Magic: The Gathering created?
  • What are the top three endangered animals and why are they endangered?
  • How did Stan Lee create his comics?
  • How does the human brain work?
  • How are fossils made?
  • Why have animated cartoons changed over time?
  • Why was the Roman army so effective?
  • How do dogs and puppies communicate with humans?
  • Why did dinosaurs go extinct?
  • Why are there so many categories of magic tricks, and what are the differences between them?
  • How were the Greek and Roman armies the same and different?
  • Who built Stonehenge, and why and how did they build it?
  • How do people make video games?
  • How is American Sign Language different and the same from baby sign language?
  • How are different special effects made in movies?
  • How did Lea Michelle become famous?
  • How do marine animals get injured and how do they get rehabilitated by people?
  • Why are wolves almost gone from America and are they coming back?
  • How do you get touch screen electronics to work?
  • How are the engines in muscle cars the same and different as engines in sports cars?
  • How does bats' echolocation work and why do they have it?
  • How are card games made compared to how board games are made?
  • What are the differences between various species of seals?
  • How do you make an iPad game that makes sense and works well?
  • What do you need to learn to decorate a great cake?
  • How do magicians do magic tricks and illusions?
  • What is the history of firefighting how is it different today?
  • How do you build different types of pyrotechnics?
  • How will people travel in the future?
  • How will new technology affect America in the future?
  • How has space gear changed over time?
  • How does ADHD affect your body?
  • How is a Russian child's day different and the same as an American child's day?
  • How has Jennifer Lawrence's life changed over the years?
  • How do different mammals communicate in different ways?
  • Why do different people eat different food in different countries?
  • How do artists design and create pottery?
  • How did the plague affect society in the Middle Ages?
  • How do movie makers create special effects and makeup in the Harry Potter movies?
  • How and why do people build convertible sports stadiums?
  • How are different styles of houses designed?