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!
The next deadline for the Independent Research Report is May 13th. That’s the day the draft report (Intro, body and summary) is due!
Students are getting a period or two every day to work on it, but should also being working every evening (and some time on the weekends).
Most students are currently working to turn their organized notes into paragraphs.
Here’s a simple guideline that show how paragraphs are organized:
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!!!!
The class just finished our class novel “Shiloh”. Over the weekend they have been asked to make a “Fortune Teller Book Report” about the novel. A handout explaining the assignment, and describing how to make a fortune teller, was given out Friday afternoon. The assignment is meant to challenge the students to be succint when answering the assignment questions, as they have to fit their answers into the small space inside the fortune teller!
Here’s is how the inside and outside of the fortune teller should look:
…studying times facts 10-15 minutes a day, and preparing for our special Spanish word spelling test (Thanks to our newish student Irene for that fun list!).
We are nearly finished our 2nd term class novel, “Shiloh”. As well as the above studying, the homework for tonight is to compare and contrast two of the main character in the book, Judd and Marty. A Venn diagram worksheet was explained and sent home with students for this purpose. It’s due tomorrow (Thursday).
If parents are curious to see if their child is improving in her or his recall of times facts, they should check the clear pocket of the student’s agenda book. The most recent tests were handed back marked on Monday, with a reference as to how that test compared to the one the class took about a week ago. Almost everyone in the room improved! 🙂
Did you hear our class will be in the school production of the “Wizard of Oz”? Ask your child what song we will be performing!
Finally, stay tuned for news about our EMJS “WonderFair” on Feb. 13th. It’s built around exciting kid-made Science experiments, and every Fr. and Eng. class in grades four and five are participating. Wowza!!
students were told that, other than studying for that quiz on Chap 3 in the textbook, there is no homework “for the rest of the year” (i.e., until 2015)!
An early present for them – and perhaps for parents too 😉
For homework this weekend (as they didn’t have homework on Thursday night) is to view this video and find 10 facts to write down on lined paper. That’s the minimum. We’re actually curious just how many facts can be found in this short video on latitude and longitude! Students are welcome to view it as often as they need too. Please bring your facts on Monday!!
And for fun….
that as tomorrow is Friday (Nov 28) there is a spelling test. At then end of the school day students were reminded to take the spelling lists home and study. That’s Thursday’s homework.
For MONDAY’S Science test
Maybe we should all try to make our own version of this?
About simple machines:
The inclined plane:
The wheel & axle:
It will be on Chapter 2 of our unit on Forces & Machines. Last week, while I was away ill, students were to have completed the Q & A work for the chapter. This week we have been reviewing that material. There is no spelling homework this week so that students can spend time every night this week preparing for the Science. The test will be on Monday, so they will have the long weekend to prepare. BTW – the test results for Science Chapter One were handed out to the students on Monday.
Here is a useful link, offered by the publishers of the Science textbook, where students can take an online practice quiz!
…to give students the opportunity to study at home for this Thursday’s announced Science test. They were encouraged to bring home a description of the SQ3R study method (look in the front envelope of the Agenda book for that), the “Study Guide” handed out on Thursday, and their Science exercise book. They also had the option of taking their Science textbook home. All of these materials must return to class tomorrow – for we are studying in class too!
Today we reviewed the SQ3R method, and started to build a game for practising for the test. Each student searched their notes and the study guide for questions and answers for the game, which the class will play tomorrow.
For more details about the test, and some online resources for studying for it, see last Thursday’s blog post.