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?


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: 

If that does not work, try:

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).

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