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?