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

L4_Vloggers: Vlog_027 #Vlog #StudentVlog @RESVT @MichaelBerryEDU

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!

Link to Slideshow: https://sharalike.com/s/qB2b

Link to Slideshow: https://sharalike.com/s/qBZ4

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!

Link to slideshow: https://sharalike.com/s/qBTQ

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?

Friday, June 9, 2017

Nurturing Student Voice Through Vlogging #Vlog #StudentVlog @MichaelBerryEDU #CaseyNeistat

It's so exciting to see students finishing their vlogs and having their hard work become a beautiful reality we all can enjoy!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

We Are From! @kwamealexander #Poetry #Vermont @RESVT #VTED

We are ending our year by coming back to poetry.  For me, poetry is such a beautiful way to begin and end the year as writers, because there is so much freedom within this genre.
We first read poems by Kwame Alexander to get inspired and to get back to the rhythm of poetry.  We then read "I Am From" poems by my former students and reflected on who we are and where we come from.
Lastly we stepped out into the sunshine, surrounded by the green mountains, to let our ideas flow.  When we came back together to share and support one another, it was so incredible to hear their voices shining through in their work.  I am so excited to take this journey with them and read their final poems!

Link to Slideshow: https://sharalike.com/s/qz7r

So Nice To Get Outside! #MovementBreak @jratey #Spark @RESVT

Link to slideshow: https://sharalike.com/s/qz65

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

We Heard From One Of Our FAVORITE Authors--Kwame Alexander!!! @kwamealexander @RESVT #Read

Everyone wants to read Kwame Alexander's awesome books!  We wanted to share our passion for his writing with him, so we sent Kwame Alexander a picture of us reading his books.  
He tweeted us back!!!!  When my students heard, let's just say there was an eruption of screams and lots of jumping up and down!  Thanks for making our day Kwame!  Your books are going through my classroom like wildfire!

Students voraciously reading Kwame Alexander's books!

Kwame Alexander's sweet tweet to us:

A Window Into Our Lives #Vlog #StudentVlog @RESVT @MichaelBerryEDU #CaseyNeistat

Check out our latest vlog!  I so love getting to see kids in school and at home!  Enjoy!!!

Kids Are Reading Up A Storm! #Read #Community @RESVT @BenWhiteEdu

Thanks to RES Reads, kids can't stop reading!!!! Kids are finishing chapter books in one day!!! Amazing!  I love all the passion around books and authors as we head into summer!  Thank you Bill Jennings and The Cheryl Jennings Reading Programs for all of these AWESOME books!!!!

Our RES Reads books arrived!!!

Everyone was so excited to choose the books they want to read first!

Even Mr. White joined in on the fun!!!

Decorating Our Board For The Last Time This Year... #Community

So many emotions as we come to the end of the year.  We are enjoying every single moment together!!!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Vlogging Is So Much Fun! #StudentVlog #Vlog #CaseyNeistat @MichaelBerryEDU

As our year comes to an end, it is so nice to see kids continue to connect and share their lives with each other through their vlogs!  It's so sad and exciting to see these final vlogs coming to fruition!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Today We Kicked Off RES Reads!!! @RESVT #LoveReading #VTED

Today we kicked off RES Reads!  This is a reading program that is near and dear to my heart.  When my close friend and team member Cheryl Jennings died, her husband Bill wanted to keep her legacy alive by creating The Cheryl Jennings Reading Programs.  Through this program, we hope kids will get excited about reading over the summer as they fall in love with some of our favorite authors.  Thanks to  the generosity of Bill Jennings and The Cheryl Jennings Reading Programs, each child will get to start the summer with a brand new book they get to keep and read!
We sent kids home with more information about RES Reads and a reading log to start filling out! Please help us reach our reading goal by having your child read AT LEAST 20 minutes each night--seven days a week.  Our hope, of course, is that kids will read well beyond the expected 20 minutes of reading each night!  Thank you for your support and for helping to keep my friend's memory alive!

If you would like to support The Cheryl Jennings Reading Programs, you can contact me, or the Northfield Savings Bank where the fund has been established.  Thank you!

Cheryl Jennings learning and loving life! 

Bill Jennings instilling a love of reading in my students!

Fourth Grade Capstone Project Celebration! @darcierankin @bethredford @RESVT

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Fourth Grade Capstone Project Celebration!

All RES fourth graders will be sharing their
Capstone individual research projects
From Enrichment Library class on

June 14, 2017
8:50-9:30 am
RES Library

Families are welcome to join us!
(this is right before the start of Field Day)
We will also be posting all these awesome projects
on our Enrichment Library class blog,

Darcie Rankin, RES enrichment teacher

Beth Redford, RES library media specialist

Check Out Our Latest Student Vlog! #StudentVlog #Vlog #StudentVoice @MichaelBerryEDU @RESVT #VTED

I love seeing how each students' voice evolves and becomes more confident and alive with each vlog!

Katherine Applegate Liked His Book Review!!! @kaaauthor #Read #BookReview @RESVT

When you are moved by a book like The One And Only Ivan, you have to share the book with the world!  That's what my student did!  Then the author, Katherine Applegate, took the time to watch and like his review!  What an incredible gift and motivation to students to share their passion for books and reading with others!  Thank you Katherine Applegate!!!

We Had So Much Fun At The MMMUSD-CESU 4th Grade Track Meet!!! @RESPEVT @MichaelBerryEDU #Community #RESVT #MMMUSD

We're so grateful to Mr. G. for organizing this incredible event!!!
And Thank you Mr. Berry for recording the magical moments from the day!

You can go to this link to see photos from the day: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.915690068569364.1073741830.561484527323255&type=1&l=8e208c1b2a

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Creating Capstone Presentations in Enrichment Library Class

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

Fourth graders are creating presentations to share what they have learned over the course of their Capstone Projects in enrichment library class. Below are a few examples of the presentations-in-progress and the research questions they answer. We are incredibly proud of all of our fourth grade scholars for their thoughtfulness and hard work on these projects! - Darcie Rankin, enrichment teacher and Beth Redford, library media specialist.

Video of computer components
How do computers work?

Model of treehouse with labels
How do you build a treehouse?

video game, programmed with Bloxels
How do you code a video game?

Trifold poster and iMovie
How do volcanoes erupt?
How did Harry Houdini do his magic tricks?

Time-lapse video of LEGO model being constructed

How and why was the Taj Mahal built?