The Rockwood Library Newsletter - November 2018
Inquire: AASL Shared Foundation #1
Identifying Truth Through Primary Sources
Environmental Science students at Marquette High School recently completed biome projects. Working in small groups, students used a variety of information resources to research a particular biome, identifying a problem and formulating a possible solution. Then, they created a presentation with visual aids (posters, slides, or videos) to share background information, the problem, and their proposed solution with their classmates. As groups presented, their peers provided constructive feedback.
Science teacher Eric Schweain and librarian Lee Mitchell collaborated on the inquiry-based assignment.
World History Inquiry
World history students in Erik Graham's classes at Rockwood Summit have visited the library frequently in recent weeks as they work on an open-ended inquiry project. With guidance and support from Graham and librarians Elaine McKenna and Margaret Sullivan, each student has been researching a compelling question of his or her choice related to one of six time periods being studied this semester. Students not only choose their topic, but also choose how to present the information they learn.
Students like having choice because it allows them to focus on topics of interest. For instance, Johanna's compelling question is "How did Michelangelo's paintings influence the Renaissance?" She plans to create an infographic to share her learning.
Each of these activities required students to create a product they had never made before, which allowed them to develop grit as they engaged in inquiry.
More Great Lessons, Activities, and Events
Tweet-sized Children's Stories
Students in Art Fundamentals created clever tweet-sized children’s stories and illustrated them in detail using a medium of their choice. Lafayette librarian, Jane Lingafelter, collaborated with art teacher, Lyubov Briginets, to help students draft a story and then revise and edit it into a tweet-sized version. Students then studied the format of children’s book illustrations. After illustrating their own story, students inserted their image into a Google drawing, positioning the text and including a hashtag. Briginets said, “This was an excellent example of joining two different forms of communication: visual and written. Students were engaged and able to see their art project move further by including the story. We enjoyed working in the welcoming atmosphere of the library.”
Veterans Day Celebrations
Student Taylor said," I enjoyed writing an email to my former teacher and making cards for veterans because I hope that it makes them feel good about themselves and lights up their day."
WWI: Poetry & History
Veterans Day Display
BookTalk at Bowles
The BookTalk program at Bowles Elementary is again running strong! BookTalk is a voluntary program for fourth and fifth grade students run by Lori Countryman, the librarian at Bowles.
BookTalk was developed over twenty years ago to help increase time spent reading for pleasure, increase reading achievement, build vocabulary, help children maintain their early interest in books by making a variety of books/genres available to them as they mature and their interests change. The program utilizes community resources including as parents, the public library, and community members to build a love of reading in students. Each BookTalk group consists of 5-8 students and 2-4 adult leaders (parents, grandparents, and staff members). The groups meet monthly during their lunch; they discuss a book from a different genre each month and enjoy a fast food lunch. BookTalk creates the opportunity for students to interact around books with their peers and adults in order for them to learn that reading can be entertaining, enjoyable, sociable, and a worthwhile activity.
Countryman is excited to report that they have sixty-nine students (78% of all fourth and fifth graders) and thirty adult leaders participating this year!