While the teacher is proofreading all of the reports, the students have many things yet to prepare for the final good copy of the report. They can: make the cover page, create 3 pages of informative illustrations, write the introduction and summary, and make the bibliography! This work should be done at school, but also be worked on for homework.
The draft report is due this Wednesday, May 13th.
The good copy is due June 1st.
Please note that 5 points will be deducted from the research report grade for every day a report is handed in late. 15 points = a drop in a letter grade.
When the proofread report is handed back, students should write or type the good copy of their report, following the “Writing Guidelines” that should be in their research report duotangs (This sheet was handed out at the beginning of the project)
Here’s a worksheet on how to organize a simple bibliography. It was explained and given to the students last week!
Our librarian, Ms. Maddern, has been assisting the class by teaching research skills, coaching individual students, and providing extra time in the library and computer lab for our class to work on their research reports. In a recent lesson, she offered a variety of ways for students to find the information they are looking for. Here’s a summary of her ideas:
As well, on the right sidebar of this blog, under the title of “Research Tools”, I’ve prepared a list of over 15 links to online research sources for students.
Every day the class is given a period or two to do their work. Their homework last week, over the long Easter weekend, and this week is to take “notes, notes, notes, notes, notes, notes”!
All notes are due next Wednesday, April 22nd!!
Already, some students have handed in their completed notes and started to write their draft reports (or are almost ready to do so)!!!
The excitement is building!!!!
… for students to research information on their self selected research report topics, and then to take notes about what they have learned! Students have been coached to organize their notes by writing one topic or question at the top of a lined sheet of paper. Each note, written in point form, should be added to its corresponding topic or question. There should be one page for each topic or question the student wants to learn about. The topics or questions can come from their MindMap, WonderTree or even from a student’s own ideas. Recording notes in this way will lead the report to almost “write itself”. Setting up this method of note organization was one of the student’s tasks during class on Thursday.
Later, students will be taught how to turn their notes into paragraphs. For now, students have been guided to use their own words when they write their notes. One way they have been taught to do this is to read just one paragraph from their research selection. Then they should away from the reading, try to remember what they just read, and then write that down in their own words. They can go back to the paragraph over and over again to find more information if they need.
Students have been given a block or two every day last week (and today) to work on their notes and/or learn different skills for writing reports. Daily class time to take notes will continue. Students have also been told to work every night on their note taking. As of today most students have 2 or 3 pages of notes. Some have over 6 pages.
As noted in the timeline that went home weeks ago, notes are due Wednesday, April 22nd.
All are invited to come & celebrate the amazing Science experiments created by students from 6 EMJS classes – that’s over 125 individual kid-made experiments!
I’m sure your child would be delighted and proud to show you what she or he has achieved. It’s going to be a great day – see you there!
The WonderFair will in the gym, from 9:30 to 10:20, from 10:45 to 11:50 and from 1:00 to 2:00. Bring everyone you know – all ages are welcome!!
We made cars out of recycled stuff & rolled ’em down a ramp to see how far they’d go. Wanna see ’em?
The culminating activity of our “Forces & Motion” science unit was to use what we learned
to design gravity powered cars out of recycled materials.
Here are photos of all the cars we made!
Make an electronic musical instrument played by creating a human circuit.
Click on the photo to find out how: