Tuesday, June 13, 2017

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

These Capstone Presentations were created in Enrichment Library class by RES fourth graders in Ms. Senning's 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 magicians do their illusions?

How do you choreograph a song? (still photo from a video)

Why did the Civil War start?

What do we know about the universe?

How do artists make different clay creations?

How did Harry Houdini do his tricks?

How do video games work?

Why do volcanoes erupt?

How do you make an animated cartoon?

How do you build a treehouse?

How are stop motion videos made?

What are some dangerous magic tricks?

How do you code a video game?

How do you build a treehouse?

How did women's clothing in the 1920s develop?

How do computer parts work together?

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?

Friday, May 26, 2017

Celebrating Reading and Writing with Our Kinder-Buddies!

As you probably know, we recently completed the last of our SBAC and NECAP testing for the year!  As if this wasn't reason enough to celebrate, our kindergarten friends just wrapped up a reading and writing unit and wanted to share their learning with us.  Fourth graders were impressed by the young readers and writers, and happy to reminisce about favorite books from their younger years !  As always, the kindergarteners loved sharing work with their role models.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Learning About Vermont History

Last Friday our fourth graders visited Fort Ticonderoga in New York.  They learned about life at the fort and experienced some marching drills that volunteers living in the New Hampshire Grants (Vermont) would have done in training for battle.  Students left with a better understanding of the sacrifices early American armed forces have made for our country's freedom, as well as Fort Ti's importance in the Revolutionary War.
Thank you to our chaperones for helping to make this a memorable and educational day for our scholars!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Working with Jon Gailmor on Our New School Song!

      Fourth graders had the honor of working with Jon Gailmor this Monday.  Jon Gailmor is a talented songwriter, singer and educator.  We invited Jon to RES to help us write a new school song!  Fourth graders focused on our school-wide beliefs: Respect Yourself, Respect Others, and Respect Your Environment. They thought about how these words that we live by make Richmond Elementary School such an incredible community and place to be.  Fourth graders did an amazing job!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Studying Vermont Through Field Trips

We have had an incredible week filled with learning and fun!  Our trip to Montpelier brought us to the State House and the Vermont Historical Society Museum.  We also visited the Audubon Center in Huntington to learn about Vermont's maple sugaring industry.  Of course, no Vermont study would be complete without a stop at the Ben & Jerry's Factory!