Thursday, October 13, 2016

Mini Research Projects--Putting It All Together!



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 images

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 your organizer. Information about quoting or paraphrasing your information is in this blog post.


Step 5: Write a citation for your book on your organizer. 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 your Chromebook. Use the sources on the RES library page for finding Free Reusable Images. Find an image that shows your interest and helps to describe in pictures the information you found in your book.  Copy the image and paste it into a Google document.


Step 7: Make a citation for the image and put it in the same Google document. Information about citing images is in this blog post.


Step 8: Check in with a teacher to verify your citation and then print out your Google document with the image and image citation.


Step 9: Put your image document and your organizer onto poster paper.


Step 10: Write a title, your name, and at least two reasons why we make citations on your poster.


When you're done, your poster should look something like this. (Your facts and citations from your book can be handwritten).




 Step 10:  Write at least 2 reasons why we need citations when doing research on your poster.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Finding and Citing Images

File:Lilac-Breasted Roller.jpg 
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ALilac-Breasted_Roller.jpg




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 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 write a citation for it? How do I write a citation for it?


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)

example:



https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ALilac-Breasted_Roller.jpg


*****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 databases and search engines below to find great images of your animal. Check all four places before you decide your favorite image.




Step 4: Create a Google Document. Name it with the name of your animal.


Step 5: Copy and paste your favorite image of your animal into the Google Document.


Step 6: Copy and paste the citation (URL) for your image into the Google Document, below your image


Step 7: Share your document with Mrs. Rankin and Mrs. Redford

Mrs. Redford's example

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Surprising Facts, Excellent Citations

Surprising Facts, Excellent Citations

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



Step 1: Find a nonfiction book about a topic you are interested in

Step 2: Find 1 cool or surprising fact about your topic 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. Make sure your name is on it!









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 30, 2016

Welcome to Enrichment Library Class!

So WHAT is this class all about?


The Quest for Learning Video






What are we doing today?
  • Learning about the class
  • Learning about learning styles










What will our year look like?
  • September until December:   small projects to learn skills
  • January until May:    Capstone Projects
  • June:  Exploration







What will our day-to-day routine look like?
  • Meeting in the library
  • Go over plan for the day
  • Possibly move to Makerspace or Enrichment classroom







What about book shopping?
  • We're so glad you asked!
  • on your own time (not during Enrichment Library class)
  • bring your library card and use the self checkout station!




Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Capstone Presentations 2016 : Mrs. Berliner's Scholars #geniushour #resvt #vsla #vted

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


How does the brain work?



How does global warming affect the earth?



How do you make amazing cupcakes?



What are some stories of Atlantis?



How do crystals form?



How do movie special effects work, especially in Star Wars?




How do tigers survive in the wild?


How do wolves survive in the wild?


How did Native Americans survive in the wilderness?


How did cars develop?


Why did Egyptians bury meaningful things with King Tut?


Who are some of the best NBA players?


How do veterinarians heal animals?


How did the Japanese carry out the invasion of Pearl Harbor?


Why are some animals endangered?


How are costumes made, especially in Star Wars?


Capstone Presentations 2016 : Mrs. LeFrancois' Scholars #geniushour #resvt #vslat #vted

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

Who was Anne Frank?




How did the stones get moved across Easter Island?



How do chefs come up with recipes?


How do mountains rise and fall?



How do pianos make music?



What is the history of women in the police force?



And a bonus video story: The Racing Pony!



How did Claude Monet create his paintings?
This presentation also includes a painting by the scholar which she created using Monet's techniques.


Why are corals so colorful?



How have movies changed from the olden days to now?


How did Mary Lou Retton win the Olympics?



What is the history of wolves and humans?


How do robots work?


What is the history of the Miami Dolphins?


What goes on inside the console when you're playing a video game?



Why are Lamborghinis and other sports cars so fast?








Friday, May 13, 2016

Capstone Presentations 2016 : Ms. Senning's Scholars #resvt #vted #vsla #geniushour

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. We are very proud of all our fourth grade scholars!


Who were some of the best known Egyptian gods and goddesses, and what were they known for?



How do service dogs do their jobs?



Why did the ancient Greeks have so many gods?



How do you design and make a dress?



What was the rise and fall of the Vikings?


Why do people think the Bermuda Triangle is dangerous?


How did the Allies win World War II in Europe?


Why is Marco Polo important?


What tools do veterinarians use?


How should you treat your puppies?


How do animal biologists study animals?


Why are earthquakes different sizes and how do they affect people differently?


What is the family tree of the Greek gods and titans?

Why are there so many stories of legendary creatures?


What do the Chinese use Dragon Boats for?


How do different kinds of monkeys stay safe?


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

How Will We SHARE Our Capstone Learning?

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.







We cannot wait to see what you will make! You are each such amazing individuals, and you have already showed us how much you are learning. We are PROUD of you and excited for this next step in the process where you get to share beyond our classroom!!!! Yipee!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Organizing Your Capstone Claims and Notes to Answer your Research Question

Today we are going to work on organizing the information you will include in your Capstone presentations. You will be reading through your notes, deciding on Claims that help answer your research question, and organizing your notes under your Claims. These organized Claims and notes will be the content of your presentation.

Steps for Organizing Your Claims and Notes

Monday, February 15, 2016

Taking Notes from Videos, Audio Recordings, Interviews, and Websites







The steps for taking notes from a print source, like a book or a website, are:

How to take notes from print
  • Read a section of text
  • Think about the new information until it makes sense
  • Ask yourself, “Does this information help answer my research question?”
  • Connect new information with what you knew before
  • Write down the important words

Use the same strategies for other sources:



How to take notes from an interview
(it's a great idea to video or audio record
an interview so you can go back and listen later)
  • Ask one question at a time
  • Think about the answer until it makes sense (you may need to ask a follow up question)
  • Ask yourself, “Does this information help answer my research question?”
  • Connect new information with what you knew before
  • Write down the important words


How to take notes from a video or audio recording
  • If it's less than 5 minutes, watch or listen to the whole recording one time
  • Go back to the beginning and watch or listen to a section
  • PAUSE THE RECORDING! Think about the new information until it makes sense
  • Ask yourself, “Does this information help answer my research question?”
  • Connect new information with what you knew before
  • Write down the important words

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Fourth Grade 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

  • How do wolves live in the wild?
  • Is Bigfoot real?
  • How did Native Americans survive in the wilderness?
  • How have cars developed over the years and how will they look in the future?
  • How do crystals form?
  • Why did Egyptians bury valuable objects with kings and queens?
  • How are costumes made, especially Star Wars costumes?
  • How did the Japanese carry out the attack on Pearl Harbor?
  • How are movie special effects made, especially in Star Wars?
  • Why are some animals endangered?
  • How do you make amazing cupcakes?
  • What are some of the stories of Atlantis?
  • How does the brain work?
  • How do veterinarians heal animals?
  • What goes on when you’re playing a video game?
  • How have movies changed from the olden days until now?
  • What is history of women in the police force?
  • Why are coral reefs so colorful?
  • What is the history of humans and wolves?
  • How did the Easter Island stones get there?
  • Who was Anne Frank?
  • How do robots work?
  • How do piano and keyboard keys work?
  • How does a chef come up with a recipe?
  • How do mountains rise and fall?
  • What is the history of the Miami Dolphins?
  • How did Claude Monet create his paintings?
  • How did Mary Lou Retton win the Olympics?
  • Why are Lamborghinis and other sports cars so fast?
  • What was the rise and fall of the Vikings?
  • What do the Chinese use the dragon boat for?
  • Why is Marco Polo so important?
  • How do service dogs do their jobs?
  • Why did the ancient Greek people have so many gods?
  • How do different kinds of monkeys stay safe?
  • Why do people think the Bermuda Triangle is dangerous?
  • Who were some of the best known Egyptian gods and what were they known for?
  • How did the Allies win World War II in Europe?
  • How do animal biologists study animals?
  • Why are there so many different stories of mythological creatures?
  • What is the family tree of the immortal gods and Titans of the Greeks, and what are some of their stories?
  • How do you design and make a dress?
  • How should you treat your puppies?
  • Why are earthquakes different sizes and how do they affect people differently?
  • How are pandas in the wild different from pandas in captivity?



Sunday, January 31, 2016

Capstone Projects - Taking Notes #resvt #vsla #tlchat

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https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-aRyfjvGTscU/UVwpvNpaXFI/AAAAAAAACCs/KcJtNsZlH-k/s640/blogger-image-1111854267.jpg




How to take notes
  • Read a section of text
  • Think about the new information until it makes sense
  • Ask yourself, “Does this information help answer my research question?”
  • Connect new information with what you knew before
  • Write down the important words



Fact Fragment Frenzy (Click on Demo)


Adapted from Grade 4 Writing Workshop model by Calkins and Cockerille. Bringing History to Life. Heinemann, 2013.
 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

How to Turn a Good Topic into a Great Research Question #resvt #vsla




The next step in our fourth grade enrichment library classes is for the scholars to create research questions for their Capstone Projects. Scholars will start by asking themselves, What do I already know about my topic? And what am I curious about?



A good research question:

1) Needs information from sources other than yourself

2) Can be researched—you can find information to help you answer it

3) Broad enough for you to learn a lot about your topic - a Yard Question, not an Inch or Foot Question

4) Narrow enough to answer in three or four classes of research - a Yard question, not a Mile Question that would take forever to answer!

5) often (not always) begins with “why” or “how”

6) clearly worded

7) encourages deeper understanding of the topic

8) you want to know the answer!




Sunday, January 3, 2016

Capstone Project Introduction #resvt #vsla #vted


Fourth graders are beginning Capstone Projects in their Enrichment Library classes. They will be spending the next five months working on these individual research projects on topics they choose themselves. The scholars will be completing the following steps as they learn and present their new knowledge:

  • Choose a topic
  • Choose a research question
  • Research and take notes
  • Choose how to present your research findings 
  • Create your presentation to share your research findings
  • Evaluate your presentation with a rubric





Here's a presentation we viewed with the scholars about the Capstone process. We look forward to sharing more about these projects as the spring goes on!








Examples of Capstone Projects from previous years
Erickson Capstone Projects 2015
Berliner Capstone Projects 2015 
Senning Capstone Projects 2015 




capstone image from Ceridwen. "Gwal-y-filiast Capstone." Wikimedia.org. Wikimedia Commons, 5 Mar. 2011. Web. 22 Aug. 2012.