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?