Monday, October 10, 2011

Busy week in the LMC

Though it was a short week, students were busy in our LMC. Fifth graders wrapped up their American Revolution research and started to synthesize their notes to create their final projects. They will showcase their learning about one event that led to the Revolution from two perspectives - the colonists' perspective and the British perspective by creating a flip book, a poem/song for two voices, or four perspective cards. We expect great work from our students who have worked hard to find the facts about the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the Stamp Act, the Intolerable Acts, and the Proclamation of 1763 using online and print resources.
Our fourth and fifth grade students have been learning about the Research Question of the Week, book trailers, as well as the Dryden Dolphin Book Award Nominees. Third grade students also learned about the Dryden Dolphin books last week and all have been enthusiastically checking out the books!
This week, third graders were in the lab creating password lists for themselves in Google Docs. These will come in handy as they work online in the classroom and in the lab using computers or iPads. Great practice with usernames and passwords!
Second grade students began a project combining research about the history of Arlington Heights and art. Last week, local artist Jack Musich visited Dryden and spoke to our 2nd grade and multiage classes, telling students about his process of researching the history of a building or landmark in Arlington Heights before creating his artwork. This week, students did their own research on a site in town and next week they will begin working on their drawing of the site. We will save their artwork electronically and they will record the facts they learned as a podcast. Can't wait to see their creativity at work!
First graders heard the story, The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle and learned some facts about spiders through non-fiction books and poetry. Then they used Pixie software to draw their own spiders and type a fact they learned.
Kindergarten students learned about Christopher Columbus through a song and the story, In 1492 by Jean Marzollo. They had a great time in the lab practicing mouse and keyboarding skills with Kid Keys software and Keystone the Dragon.
As I said, a busy four day week in our library! Have a great long weekend!

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