Seven Foolish FIsherman
The Fool's Feather Pillow
Wisdom of Solomon
The Extraordinary Cat
Next Time I'll Know What to do
Kamishibai Storytelling-Mrs. Freitag's Class
Reader's Theatre scripts
IT's NEW BOOK WEEK at Indian Trail Library!
Creating Frequently Asked Questions- FAQ
Octopus redux - using Worldbook Online and Britannica to get some answers
The day has come to finally stop asking all the questions and GET SOME ANSWERS! Third grade students have been introduced to using two online encyclopedias. District 112 purchases subscription access for all students to World Book online and Britannica Online. Passwords for home access will be sent home next week for students and their families.
Wednesday. September 10, 2014
When it comes to learning the research process there are certain basic processes learners need to master. Asking questions is one of those processes. If they can't ask a clear question, learners will never know if the information they wanted was staring them right in the face! This week during third grade library I picked the random topic of the octopus. Chances were that between the twenty some learners there would be a few strands of knowledge to work with. Good researchers (even children) should start with listing what they know about a topic. Then we bring out the questioning words they all know: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How. Every question created must include one of the question words listed AND the research topic in it. Here are three examples of what we did: 3K, 3S, and 3F
Next week each learner will get a random topic. They will be given a grab bag of questioning words and will need to generate some questions on a topic. I purchased an Alice in Wonderland themed questioning packet from Teacher Pay Teacher and will be creating these grab bags this week. The skill of questioning never goes out of style and it is a skill children will use throughout school and for the rest of their lives.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
As the new school year begins, it is the perfect time for students to look back on the learning that took place in the previous school year and connect it to new concepts being learned. This week in the library third grade students experienced the book What I Learned in Second Grade by Amy Schwartz (HarperCollins, 2004). Students were then asked to come up with topics they WONDER about as third grade students. This introduction to connected learning and wondering will lead into a research project which will consume many weeks of time learning about sources, asking good questions, learning to avoid information that is not pertinent to a students topic. It is an exciting time for third graders in their information seeking and literacy skill acquisition.