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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.








Monday, January 16, 2017

App Smashing, Media Literacy, and Book Trailers in Fourth Grade Enrichment Library Classes #vted #vsla

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

Fourth graders at RES are continuing to wrap 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. Here are two more great examples, from a fourth graders who used the advertising strategies of Intensity, Plain Folks, Fear (to get the viewer's attention), and Repetition in their book trailers for Smile by Raina Telgemeier and The Time of the Fireflies by Kimberley Griffiths Little.

And a behind the scenes note: these scholars used the "app smashing" technique of using more than one application on a digital device to create a single final product. The fourth graders used the iMovie, Green Screen, Camera, and Notes apps together make these amazing videos!



Friday, December 16, 2016

More Amazing Poetry

      These kids are talented writers!



We are so pleased to announce that Indira, Eva, Gardner, Ava, Cristina, and Crosby will all have poems published in the 2016-17 Young Writers of America anthology!  ALL of us will celebrate our poetry publications!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Realistic Fiction Unit

      Our class has worked exceptionally hard on planning, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing realistic fiction narratives.  Throughout the unit, writing partners supported each other and gave feedback.  Here is a story excerpt from each fourth grade author for you to enjoy.  Notice the careful word choice, descriptive phrases, and expressive reading!