state travel brochures -5/6 research project
During this research block Fifth and Sixth Graders learned about the research process, skills to become a successful researcher, a bit about persuasive writing, and how to use Microsoft Publisher to create a brochure. They researched a state to create a travel brochure that would appeal to kids their age. They looked at hotel and restaurant reviews, chose the most interesting tourist attractions and activities, and promoted what was great about their state. Great Job Ms. Hamilton's Class!!
mini research: Diary of a worm!
We love the Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin so much that we wanted to learn about Worms. So we created our own worm journal....and some fun extras like a bookmark and pencil topper.
This project functioned as an introduction to the research process for the younger grades. I only conduct formal research blocks with 3-6 grade, so this is my way of bringing in the process earlier, without actually referring to it as research. I try to follow a "Plan, Do, Review" type of format for these mini-research projects.
For the past month of library times we have learned about worms from books and videos as well as from our very own worms.....
Thanks to Bernadine Winkler, our PE Specialist for providing us with all the worms from her compost. They have living in this special habitat, so we can watch what they eat. The homework section in the center was a favorite!
We even held the worms!
Students the created a dated journal entry with things they learned and observed.....
As a conclusion to our project, we learned about the dangers that worms face and how student could help. It was our big Save the Worm day. It started with a rainstorm in the library!! Students huddled under umbrellas during storm sounds, when the storm was over and the 'sun' came out, students raced around the library in teams to pick up with assigned worms. The first team that rescued all 24 of their worms, got a prize!
Students were invited to keep their worm journals, with many blank pages in the back, to add to their observations about worms over the summer!
HOW CAN I HELP?
Summer Reading has never been easier thanks to our wonderful public library system. Both the Salt Lake City Public Libraries and the Salt Lake County Libraries have reading programs for your students. They are not just reading trackers, but a multitude of events and activities. (Did I mention prizes?)
Here is the City Library Program:
FIZZ BOOM READ
Here is the County Library Program:
Also called FIZZ BOOK READ
Your student can do both!
Sharon from the Sweet Library here in the avenues came up to talk to all the classes about summer reading. Students loved to hear about all that the library has to offer and the summer reading program. She also helped out during some rainstorms in the library, a special capstone project for the younger grades mini-research project.
sort of a learning station......
I may live to regret this activity table! Students are testing so much this time of year, I thought it might be fun to de-stress, so here students can pop bubble wrap and tell jokes! Kind of silly, but so are the students at this fun t
Every year the K-2SEclass looks for older students to buddy with them for library time. This year the 5-6SE stepped up to the plate and it was so wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We start in the Kiva with a storytime that reinforces what the students have been learning in class. Then the pairs go off to the library to pick out their own books and read together! They have so much fun! Thanks to Ms.Beach's class!
Here are some favorite pictures from Night at the Ensign Library.
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