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|The Patton School Library Media Center||
In second grade, students read a version of The Three Little Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk or The Billy Goats Gruff. In pairs or groups, they worked together using the engineering design process, to identify a problem in the story, brainstorm potential solutions, choose one solution to plan and build, then test, and reflect on what went well and what changes could be made to improve their design. Take a look at their collaboration, hard work and creations:
In 5th grade, students learn how to create a book trailer that makes the viewer want to read the book! First we viewed trailers made by authors and by students and then discussed the elements that made them compelling. Then each student chose one realistic, science fiction or mystery they read this school year and planned their opening hook, images, and how to unfold the story, telling just enough but not too much! Finally, using iMovie app on our iPads, each student found images, added text or voice, and music and/or sound effects to reel in their audience!
Enjoy Mr. Reckard's class trailers:
(View the other classes on the Student Projects - 5th Grade page)
As part of their science curriculum, kindergarten studies what animal's need to survive, including a safe home, just like us. In LMC students learned that animal's build homes in trees, caves, underground and in the water by listening to an Epic book. Next they viewed video of beaver's lodges, prairie dog burrows, hummingbird and hornet's nests, and a chimpanzee bed and learned how that animal builds his home. Finally we provided materials such as twigs, leaves, cardboard, cotton balls, bubblewrap, paper, and paper towel rolls and in groups, students chose one home to build, created a plan, selected materials and built a model home! Enjoy some of their reflections on their home and the process:
(view the others at Student Projects - Kindergarten)
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I am the Library Media Center director at Patton School in Arlington Heights where I help students from kindergarten through 5th grade find terrific independent reading for enjoyment and information, and teach students the skills to use information and technology safely and productively and to connect, communicate and share with others. I have four grown children, a large black dog, (flat coat retriever) and a small striped cat. I am an obessive Chicago Cubs fan and I love to run.