Thursday, October 12, 2017

Learning About Energy! @resvt @MysterySci ‏#NGSS

Students reflected on where their racers got their energy from.  They adjusted the energy they gave their racers to find the perfect amount needed to get their vehicle to the given "sweet spot"!  We had a great time and learned even more about energy!

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Friday, October 6, 2017

We Are Published Authors!!!! @resvt #Poetry #CreatingPassionateWriters

We published our poetry anthologies today!!!!!  Our poetry unit has been so inspiring!  Students have been writing poems at home and feeling brave enough to share them with the class!  I hope that their passion for writing will continue to grow as we journey into new genres together! 
To celebrate all of our hard work and perseverance, we will be having a PUBLISHING PARTY on Tuesday, October 10th!  Instead of going to the cafeteria for lunch, we will dine and dance together in the classroom to celebrate how awesome and talented we are!  If you would like, you can send in a treat to make our celebration even more special!  Please send in treats that are gluten free.  Thank you! 
Thank you also to everyone who sent in shaving cream!  Your gift made our books so beautiful and we had a lot of fun using it!  We will continue to use your shaving cream throughout the year!

Making Our Books:

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Our published books:

Some Of Our Inspired Poets Sharing Their Work From Home With The Class:

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Kicking Off Word Study! @resvt #FramingYourThoughts #SchoolHouseRock

Soon, we will be writing narratives.  And as writers, we know that it is important to understand sentence structure in order to write a story.  Today, we kicked off word study by starting to learn about sentence structure and parts of speech.  We thought of barebones sentences with a subject/noun & predicate/verb, like:

I'm running!
Dogs biking?

We then watched and discussed this video to solidify our thinking!

Ask your child how to write a barebones sentence!
We can't wait to learn more about our language and use our knowledge to make our stories amazing!!!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Where Does This Car Get Its Energy From? @resvt @MysterySci #NGSS #Science

We are excited to learn about energy in our new science unit!  We explored wind-up toys and took time to think, discuss and write about where we imagine their energy comes from and how they work.  Kids drew awesome models and had thoughtful conversations!  We can't wait to learn more about energy!

We Started Composting In Our Classroom Today! @resvt @BagItMovie #Compost #MakeADifference

Today we talked about the environment, and how simple choices we make each day can have a huge impact on our lives and the world we live in.  We watched this video and started to think about all of the items we use for only a few minutes, that when thrown away, never really go away.  We discussed ways we can make small changes that make a huge difference!
Last year, one of my students donated a compost bin to help us make an impact!  Today, we proudly dropped our peels and cores into the bin!  We can't wait to turn our waste into nutritious soil!  
Please watch this video and discuss with your child ways you can support their efforts to make a difference!

You can learn more about this incredible film at

Friday, September 29, 2017

Poetry in Motion @yanntiersen @sharonmdraper @resvt #Poetry #Art #Mindfulness

We have begun to bring our poetry unit to an end so that we can dive into realistic fiction!  I did this by reading aloud the first two chapters of Out of My Mind, by Sharon Draper.  In this book, we are introduced to a character by the name of Melody.  She shares that, "Words have always swirled around me like snowflakes--each one delicate and different, each one melting untouched in my hands..." Because at the age of ten and three quarters, although passionate about language, she has never spoken a word!

She shares that like words, music, is something she connects to and finds so powerful.  When she hears different kinds of music, she sees and tastes and smells different things.

Inspired by Melody, we took time to be mindful of the music we listened to.  We took time to draw what we heard, smelled, saw and tasted as Yann Tiersen's music played.  Sometimes we closed our eyes and just let our art flow from our bodies.

When the music stopped, we walked around and described each other's art using deliciously descriptive words.  Then we used the inspiration from our art, and the words before us, to write poems!

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(We listened to about the first 12 minutes of Yann Tiersen's music as we drew.)

Fabulously Fun Friday! @resvt #Community @Kdarling7112 @vtkteach

There's nothing more fabulous than a Friday filled with fun!  We started our day with a student lead greeting, then kindergarteners came to our room searching for their lost gingerbread men!  We ended our day by eating popsicles that Otis shared as I read aloud Out of My Mind!  What a wonderful day!!!

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Listen to part of our super fun greeting!

Our Field Trip To The Audubon @resvt #Audubon #BirdsOfVermontMuseum

We had a wonderful field trip this week!  We went to the Audubon, and the Birds of Vermont Museum, to learn about how animals are structured impacts their ability to survive!  It was an inspiring day of learning!  Thanks to our awesome chaperone who helped make the day even more special!

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The Importance Of Having A Growth Mindset In Math @resvt #MathMind #GrowthMindset

Please watch this video!  It can help you feel better about yourself and your child as mathematicians. This video can also help you understand why our focus in math today is less about memorizing algorithms and more about understanding, seeing patterns and finding multiple ways to approach a given problem.
This is a great video to watch and discuss with your child!  We saw the video together today! We learned how our brains work and that anything is possible when we set our minds to it!

After we discussed the video, we tackled math problems in creative ways, seeing connections and using patterns to help us.  Then we danced to "Try Everything", because this song reminds us of all we learned!  Mistakes help us learn and grow our brains!  We can do anything--it just takes practice and perseverance!  

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Autumn Rhythm @resvt #JacksonPollock #Poetry #Art

Inspired by Jackson Pollock's "Autumn Rhythm", we went outside to experience fall and express our shared moment through art and through words.  As each student painted, we shared what we noticed about the artist, the art, and the world around us.  We used this experience to inspire our writing.
As students spoke and created, I did my best to write down their words and capture their "Autumn Rhythm" through photos and film.
You can see some of their words resting beside their captivating mural.

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We can't wait to share all of our incredible poems and hard work with you at Open House!  See you Wednesday night, September 27th, from 6:00-7:00!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Becoming Poets! @resvt #Poetry #CreatingPassionateWriters

I always start the year with poetry because there is something very freeing about this genre.  Poetry also allows kids to play with writer's crafts, such as alliteration and similes, without the all the rules that come with other genres.  This freedom helps them take ownership of these crafts so they can later utilize them in future work.  It has been so incredible to watch these scholars growing as writers and becoming more and more passionate about their craft!

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Our Hopes And Dreams @resvt #HopesAndDreams #Community

Students thought about their hopes and dreams for the year.

Scholars chose the hopes and dreams they wanted to focus on and share with each other.

Students made designs and shared ideas on how to best present our hopes and dreams to the world.

Then we started making our hopes and dreams become a beautiful reality!

This year we will work hard and support each other so that all of our hopes and dreams can become an exciting reality!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

We Like To Move Our Bodies! @resvt @BenWhiteEdu @jratey #Spark

Whether it's starting the day by getting our bodies moving...
(Sometimes even our middle school friends join in the fun!)  

having a dance party with our amazing principal at the end of snack...

or getting outside to take in the sun's rays, we like to get our bodies moving and our brains ready for new learning!

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Why Use Social Media In Education? @resvt @MichaelBerryEDU @bethredford @teachvt

Mr. Berry asked Aimee Randall from Jericho Elementary, Mrs. Redford, and me to talk about why we use social media as educators.  It's a fun, insightful video--check it out!

Link to Mr. Berry's post about the video:

Learning To Trust One Another @resvt #BuildingCommunity

Trust is a powerful thing...

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Today we got friendship bracelets to symbolize the trust we feel toward one another and the support we promise to give each other!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

There Is Nothing Better... #Music @resvt

Then getting serenaded when you eat your snack!

Words To Live By @kwamealexander #ThePlaybook @amyjccuddy #PowerPose @resvt

We started the year reading from Kwame Alexander's The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life.  We took time to mark the parts that spoke to us, discuss each message he shares, and write down the words and rules that we want to live by.
We made connections between Kwame's rules and Amy Cuddy's "Power Poses".  Students felt so inspired and powerful, they began writing their own rules to live by and ways of being.  We then took the words we felt were most important to remember, and surround ourselves with them.
We are ready for anything!  It's going to be a great year!  

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Playing With Alliteration... #Poetry @resvt #write

As we free our minds and take in the world around us!

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(The slideshow slows down as the song comes to an end.  It will speed back up and continue to play when we come inside to share our amazing work!  It's worth the wait to see these proud authors!)

Building Our Classroom Community! @resvt #Community

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Every Teacher's Dream Come True! @resvt #PassionateWriters #poetry

When I got out books of poetry to read with my students, they started singing because it filled them with so much joy!!!  (I am so in love with them!) I cannot wait to read the poems that flow from these passionate writers!!!

Diving Into Math! @resvt #math

In math, we have begun collecting and organizing data and sharing our thinking!  Today we also got to show off our multiplication skills in our math books!!!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Getting Ready To Learn! @HemmettHealth @resvt @jratey #Spark #MovementBreaks

Last year, I was talking about the importance of movement with Erik Hemmett from Hemmett Health. He generously offered to help me in any way that he could!  Hemmett Health donated sitting balls so that every student could have the option of using a ball to help them sit up straight, move, focus and learn, all while building core strength.  They also donated stretchy bands for us to use during movement breaks.  Lastly, he asked Alli Bologna, their athletic trainer, to design exercise routines for my students that would get their heart rates up while also working on balance, two things that help kids get ready to learn.  
This year we continue to utilize all of the tools they have given us!  Thanks Erik and Hemmett Health! 

We Are... @resvt #CreatingAClassroomCummunity #Reflection

We started the year by talking about who we are as individuals and who we are as a group.  Here are the words that truly get to the heart of who we are!

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Fake It 'Til You Become It! @amyjccuddy @resvt #Confidence

Today we learned about how our body language not only has an impact on how others feel about us, but on how we feel about ourselves.  We are working on being more mindful about how we sit and stand.  This year, we will also do power poses when we are feeling nervous, before tests, and whenever we need to lift ourselves up!

I encourage you to watch and share Amy Cuddy's TED Talk!

Students trying out power poses:

Friday, September 1, 2017

Pure Joy: Movement Breaks @jratey @resvt #MovementBreak #Spark

Why move? Movement brings us joy, gets our blood flowing, and makes us more ready and able to learn!  We take movement breaks everyday, throughout the day.  Here's a small sample of some of the movement and fun we've had this week!

(Even snack time turned into a bit of a party!)

My Teaching Philosophy @resvt #TeachingPhilosophy

In these three magical days, I have quickly come to realize how lucky I am to be your children's teacher! Thank you for sharing them with me!
I want to take a moment to introduce to you who I am as an educator.  TEACHING CHILDREN IS MY PASSION!!!  I studied drama and elementary education at Saint Michael's College, and received my masters in Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley University.  It is my goal that your children will love learning and love coming to school each day! Below is a video that helps to explain my teaching philosophy.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Graduation Slideshow @RESVT #Memories #Community #ThankYou

Thank you again for sharing your incredible children with me!  It has been an amazing year!  I shared with my students that they will forever be my "deeply loving and generous class", and that is because of you and these beautiful children you have created!
Students worked hard this week, and even today, to finish their vlogs, trailers and films!  Please take time to watch each one.  Some may be rough, but they are full of heart and great care.
Enjoy your summer!!!!
Thank you!!!!!

Another option in case the YouTube Video stops working:

Where The Wild Things Are: A Book Trailer #BookTrailer #WhereTheWildThingsAre @RESVT

Kids Worked With Gia To Finish Signing "Try Everything In American Sign Language! #ASL @RESVT

RES READS Comes To An End! @RESVT @MichaelBerryEDU

What an incredible way to end the year!  We asked that every kid read for at least 20 minutes for two weeks during RES Reads, if everyone did that, we would reach our goal!  You can see that kids read passionately and well surpassed their goal!!!!  Please continue to nurture their love of reading by reading with them over the summer!  Kids can begin by reading the RES Reads book they got to keep forever!
Again, all of this was possible because of my friend Bill Jennings and "The Cheryl Jennings Reading Programs"!
Have a great summer and read, read, read!!!   

You can see kids reacting to the total minutes read with great pride in the photos below.  You can also see the awesome new books kids got to read and choose to keep forever!

The vlog captures when our box of RES Reads books came in!  We were sooooo excited!!!

I Am From #Poetry @RESVT

I Am From #Poetry @RESVT

L4_Vloggers: Vlog_031 #Vlog #StudentVlog @RESVT @MichaelBerryEDU

L4_Vloggers: Vlog_030 #Vlog #StudentVlog @RESVT @MichaelBerryEDU

L4_Vloggers: Vlog_029 #Vlog #StudentVlog @RESVT @MichaelBerryEDU

L4_Vloggers: Vlog_028 #Vlog #StudentVlog @RESVT @MichaelBerryEDU

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L4_Vloggers: Vlog_026 #Vlog #StudentVlog @RESVT @MichaelBerryEDU

L4_Vloggers: Vlog_025--A Collaborative Film #Vlog #StudentVlog @RESVT @MichaelBerryEDU

Check Out our first collaborative vlog by Estelle and Niko!

Skeleton Boy: A Short Film #Film #Create

Vlog Number 24! #Vlog #StudentVlog @RESVT @MichaelBerryEDU

Friday, June 16, 2017

Check Out Our Latest Vlog! #StudentVlog #Vlog #StudentVoice

Vermont History Fair @RESVT @vermonthistory #VermontHistory

Thank you to everyone who was able to come and celebrate our learning and hard work!  Here is a glimpse of their awesomeness!!!  You can pause the slideshow to read and enjoy each poem!

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Learn About The Richmond Round Church:

Learn About The Westminster Massacre:

Learn About Maple Sugaring In Vermont:

Learn About Fort Ticonderoga:

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Capstone Projects: A Celebration @bethredford @darcierankin @MichaelBerryEDU @RESVT

Can You Believe Your Babies Are Almost Fifth Graders?!?! @RESVT #Community

As the year comes to an end, it is so nice to just take them in!  I was photographing each child for the Vermont History Fair, and loved the evolution of getting each portrait just right.  They are so sweet and beautiful, I had to share them with you!
Thank you for sharing your incredible children with me!  It's been an amazing year!

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Lawn Boy: A Book Trailer #GaryPaulsen #BookTrailer #LawnBoy #SummerRead

Get inspired for summer work by watching Brady's book trailer for Lawn Boy!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Capstone Presentations!

This is a guest post from our enrichment teacher, Darcie Rankin and our library media specialist, Beth Redford.

Here are the Capstone Presentations 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?