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!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Maker Day for Ms. Senning's 4th Graders

We've had a hugely successful day of inventing, creating, and collaborating during our all day makerspace celebration!  I would tell you all about it, but instead I'll let some of our rockstar movie makers show you what our day was all about!

A special thanks goes out to Mrs. Rankin for finding us extra materials for our inventions and to Mrs. Lefrancois for sharing iPads so that everyone could pursue their creative passions!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Reading Party!

Fourth graders at RES ended their second trimester with a huge reading party!  Kids got cozy with blankets, books, and buddies and immersed themselves into their reading.  Please enjoy this slideshow, courtesy of Mrs. Lefrancois!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Book Trailers and Media Literacy in Enrichment Library Classes

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

Fourth graders at RES are wrapping up a unit on media literacy. They learned about several strategies that advertisers use to get people's attention and convince them to buy products. Then they practiced finding those strategies in different kinds of advertisements. Finally, the scholars created video advertisements for books, also known as book trailers, to try to convince other scholars to read their favorite stories.

We hope you enjoy the book trailers! Can you identify some of the strategies used by our scholars? They may include Association, Bandwagon, Beautiful People, Bribery, Celebrity Endorsements, Experts, Explicit Claims, Fear, Humor, Intensity, Maybe/Weasel Words, Plain Folks, Testimonials, Repetition, and Warm and Fuzzy.

We share all our scholars' book trailers on YouTube and Twitter. Sometimes we hear back from authors that they liked the trailers! We have added those mentions below the videos.

S.S. Taylor, the Author of The Expeditioners, liked this book trailer on Twitter!

The author of Life of Ty, Lauren Myracle liked this book trailer on Twitter!

Dan Gutman, the author of Never Say Genius, complimented this book trailer on Twitter!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Writing Celebration

 Fourth grade authors published their first informational writing pieces of the year today!  These nonfiction books are on display in our classroom now.  To help celebrate all of our hard work, we invited the students from Mrs. LeFrancois' class to come read our books and share their own nonfiction writing.  Students filled out compliment sheets for one another, highlighting wonderful aspects of each other's writing.

It was wonderful to see the pride students took in sharing their work, as well as the respect they had for all of the other authors in the room!  Soon we will celebrate with a special authors' luncheon in our classroom.