For their first research project, second grade students read one book on a community worker such as police officer, mail carrier, fire figher, chef, mechanic, construction worker, bus driver, nurse, dentist, farmer, veterinarian and plumber. They recorded notes on the worker's job, where they worked and the tools of their trade. Next they wrote a script about their worker in which they added what they thought was the most important part of the job and what they liked best about the job. Using the app Explain Everything students took their own photo, cut it out, inserted their face onto an image of their community worker and recorded their script as if they were that worker. Enjoy Ms. Wegley's class workers below and the Miklautsch, McLoone and Johnson workers on the second grade student projects page.
In kindergarten and first grade we participated in the Global Read Aloud by reading our second Amy Krouse Rosenthal book, Duck! Rabbit!. All classes read the book and we tallied how many students saw the duck and how many the rabbit - many more rabbits were seen! Then students used a template to color a duck on one side and a rabbit on the other, added a popsicle stick to create a duck/rabbit puppet they could use to retell the story. In first grade students wrote a reason why they believe it was a duck or a rabbit in the book, such as, there are two long ears, or a long bill, it lived in grass, or near water. With Ms. Hasemeyer's afternoon class, we Skyped with a first grade class at Windsor and tallied our "votes" of duck or rabbit together.
In second grade, we used nearpod to talk about the difference between nonfiction and fiction and three different type of fiction: realistic, fantasy and fairy/folk tale. Students responded to genre questions about books they are reading in the classroom, such as The Year of Billy Miller, and Little Red Riding Hood, a newfangled prairie tale.
In 3rd and 4th grade, we are learning or reviewing the text features of nonfiction which help you find and understand the information. In 4th grade, students demonstrated they could find and use the features in an ebook. In 3rd grade we finished discussing these features and began to talk about taking notes in preparation for upcoming research on planets of the solar system. In 5th grade, as classes delve into their unit on the American Revolution, in LMC students were introduced to primary source vs. secondary, the qualities of each, and what you can learn from each type. Students were provided a group of diverse documents which included photos, maps, telegrams, a court document, web pages, timeline and a tweet and asked to examine the documents, complete with magnifying glasses, to decide which documents were primary and which secondary.
First, Third and Fourth grades looked at features that help a reader find and understand information this week. Third grade examined all the features of nonfiction books including Table of Contents, Index, Glossary, photos and captions, diagrams, headings, bold words, Title Page and Verso page, using Nearpod and then completed a scavenger hunt in an ebook to find and use these features. Fourth grade looked at how some of the features of a website can also help the researcher find and understand information, such as the many types of Navigation Bars, the Search Field and interactive diagrams and images.
First graders learned about the Table of Contents and searched for Bold words in the Glossary. They used the 30hands app to take a photo of the Table of Contents and explain it:
Wednesday, September 30 was a mysterious geography day in the LMC. Ms. Ricci's 4th grade and Mrs. McLoone's 2nd grade each connected with a class "somewhere in the World" by Skype and through a series of geography questions and a few hints, our students found the class, one in Michigan and one in Ontario, Canada! The other class found us as well! We prepped each class by assigning jobs such as questioners, researchers, recorders, and runners. Then our students used their questioning skills, knowledge of geography, Google Earth and maps. Student's had a lot of fun and learned too! Take a look:
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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.