Thursday, June 15, 2017

Capstone Celebration 2017

Fourth graders gathered on Wednesday, June 14 to share their Capstone Projects and celebrate their learning at our Capstone Celebration. These fourth graders 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 selected a topic and designed a Capstone Project to share his or her interests and knowledge. We are so proud of all our scholars!

Thank you very much to our District's Director of Curriculum, Communication and Innovation, Mike Berry for visiting our Capstone Celebration to capture our scholars' learning and pride in the video below.


Monday, June 12, 2017

Capstone Presentations 2017 : Mrs. LeFrancois' Scholars @resvt #geniushour #vsla #vted

These Capstone Presentations were 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!

How do people use drones for photography?


How did they make Bugattis so fast?

What is the history of ballet?


How do different deep sea creatures survive? (cover and two pages from a magazine)



What is Desmond Tutu known for?

How do you care for and train a bunny?


What makes an animal a rodent?

How are puppies and dogs different?


Why did people join Hitler?

How do computers work?


How will cars look in the future?

How do we remember things? (podcast, audio only)


What is the history of horseback riding?

What features make supercars so fast?

How are electronic video games made?


How is a black hole formed?






Friday, June 9, 2017

Capstone Presentations 2017 : Mrs. Berliner's Scholars @resvt #geniushour #vsla #vted

These Capstone Presentations were 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. Presentations from Mrs. LeFrancois' class and Ms. Senning's class will be posted very soon. We are very proud of all our fourth grade scholars!

Why are things named the way they are?



What happened in the Battle of the Bulge?


How do songwriters write their songs?



Why would someone make an instrument?


How do guitars, pianos, and drums make their sounds?



What is a CAFO cow's life like, from birth to death?


What lives in the deep sea?



How do U-boats work?


How was the Taj Mahal built?



Are illusions real magic?


How do inventors come up with their ideas?



How do architects make their plans?



How does coral grow?



What was it like in England on the home front during World War II?



How do people get evidence of monsters?



How do people create good doodles? Three pages from a book





Thursday, June 8, 2017

Capstone Presentations 2017 : Ms. Senning's Scholars @resvt #geniushour #vsla #vted

These Capstone Presentations were 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!

How do magicians do their illusions?


How do you choreograph a song? (still photo from a video)

Why did the Civil War start?

What do we know about the universe?


How do artists make different clay creations?

How did Harry Houdini do his tricks?


How do video games work?


Why do volcanoes erupt?

How do you make an animated cartoon?


How do you build a treehouse?

How are stop motion videos made?


What are some dangerous magic tricks?

How do you code a video game?


How do you build a treehouse?

How did women's clothing in the 1920s develop?


How do computer parts work together?