Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Newport Elementary Schools Library Showcase

This blog is set up specifically to showcase some of the great work that our students have accomplished in library.

Your library media centers teach 21st century informational literacy skills - finding, evaluating, organizing, synthesizing information, and sharing this knowledge with others. We have also made terrific use of technology to showcase what we've learned.

Because knowledge is constantly changing, it is now vital that all students acquire the necessary skills that enable them to become lifelong learners. We call this the fourth "R" - Reading, 'Riting, 'Rithmetic, and RESEARCH!"

Your Library Media Specialists also support teachers and the curriculum, and we hope this showcase will demonstrate how working collaboratively enables our students to do some amazing things!

Birthstone Project - Science/Rocks & Minerals Underwood School

As part of our rocks & minerals science unit, our students researched their birthstones using the Big6 Information Literacy steps, and then put together their research into powerpoint slides. All the students worked really hard, and below is a sample of some of their wonderful projects.

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Grade 2 Underwood - Chris Van Allsburg Unit

Here are the poems we made from the Chris van Allsburg book "The Mysteries of Harris Burdick".
The students were shown how a rhyming dictionary works, and using the the picture title and caption, made a rhyme/story/short movie out of this mysterious book!


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Monday, June 23, 2008

Civil War Unit - Culminating Project

Forgotten Voices: Children of the Civil War is our students final project. Done in collaboration with their classroom, our students were first introduced to the daguerrotype from the American Memory collection at the Library of Congress. They learned of the impact this new technology had on the fighting of the Civil War, and then each student was asked to select a real daguerreotype of a child from that period, and research the causes and the history of the Civil War, with a particular aim of understanding the impact this war had both on the country, and on the children who grew up during the war.

After having read several historical non-fiction and accounts of the Civil War, the students created a "diary" entry for their selected child. Their assignment was to write a fictional diary entry, using historically accurate details, to describe one day in the life of a child living through the war. They had to meet 5 criteria through their writing, and once completed, they learned through the Word program how to insert a picture and "age" the background for verisimilitude.

Finally, each student was asked to edit their diary entry to two or three sentences that was then turned into a pseudo-documentary film project.

Through this project, our students used all of their big6 research skills, from researching, note taking, and presentation, and coupled them with creative writing and editing skills, while learning about the Civil War and a little about the history of early technologies, as well as being introduced to the terrific resources provided through our Library of Congress.


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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

GRADE 2 - Symbols & Landmarks Unit

This is Mrs. Roderick's class project on Symbols and Landmarks. Students researched during their library period each landmark, and, using library books and pre-selected web sites, wrote down two interesting facts that they had learned on each landmark or symbol. Then, as a class, each child picked their most interesting or unusual fact, made sure it was a complete sentence (CPS!) and then recorded it in their own voice on the appropriate powerpoint slide.

Here's where I think powerpoint really shines! It is so much easier for students in Grade 2 to record their sentences on a slide, instead of typing them on the slide. While keyboarding is an important skill, I am not sure which skill is going to eventually win out - keyboarding or texting using the thumbs!
So Powerpoint gives us the best of all worlds!