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Online Resources for Developing Researchers

Friday, March 30, 2012

ROE students are involved with research investigations across the curriculum and throughout the year. View the screencast and screenshots below for recommended online resources that are especially supportive and helpful not only for our developing readers, but also our intermediate students too, as they encounter online sources at higher ranges of complexity. We have recently used WorldBook Kids, Nettrekker, and PebbleGo with 2nd grade students' recent research into human body systems and Kindergartners' ongoing study of living things. Each one of these has embedded audio support features, embedded dictionaries, and interactive information in a range of formats.

These resources require passwords for at-home access. Click here for a downloadable brochure, and look for password reminders in upcoming ROE News. (Contact Ms. Eastman).

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World Book: 'Hear Text Read Aloud'' (Click to enlarge screenshot image)
Red arrows point to audio & dictionary features
(Click to enlarge screenshot image)

2nd Grade: IIM & Research Studies

Thursday, March 22, 2012

ROE students are developing and applying an array of reading, writing and research skills in the context of our IB Program of Inquiry by using the IIM research process. They are becoming increasingly independent researchers as a result of teachers' effective guidance within Units of Inquiry across the year. As one example---2nd graders investigated the systems at work within the human body within the IBPYP theme of "Who We Are." 
Student Questions by Ms. Klapesky's class
Notefacts by Daniel G.
Students worked through the process of creating a concept of map of questions and background knowledge. They generated questions of interest complimented by teacher guiding questions that moved research forward. 

Additional reading, writing, and research skills that are embedded in these studies are :
  • Creating a research plan.
  • Locating and using multiple sources to answer questions.
  • Reading non-fiction and determining importance.
  • Taking notefacts and citing sources.
  • Understanding concept of plagiarism and ways to avoid it.
  • Organizing and summarizing information.
  • Creating projects in effective formats using visuals to support meaning.

  • Goal-Setting by Ms. Klapesky's class
    Knowledge creation - 2nd grade research

Click to view expanded photo set of 2nd grade research.
Teaching Students to Paraphrase via Amsco Extra!

Celebrate Dr. Seuss!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Celebrate Dr. Seuss! March 2nd is his birthday. Can you guess who these characters are from their silhouettes? Do some research in the ROE library by checking out one of our many books by this extraordinary author.

Silhouettes adapted from original Dr. Seuss illustrations by Mrs. Richardson