Welcome to the Media Center!
Teacher: Mrs. Michelle Lavoie (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Junior High Research Projects
It's that time of year again - our junior high students are ready to begin their research papers! Working in conjunction with the junior high history and language arts program, the library/media center will be supporting our oldest students along their research journey. We'll walk the students through the entire process, using the same "Big Six" research steps they've been working with since 4th grade. Each year we've allowed students to grow with their research skills, increasing the number and type of sources used, working hard on paraphrasing when note-taking, properly using and citing direct quotes, and organizing our research into captivating presentations using PowerPoint, Animoto videos, Prezis, and more. At the junior high level, students will focus their research into a lengthy research paper written in proper MLA formatting, including parenthetical references, in preparation for high school.
To ensure student success in such a long-term project, we will check in weekly with our students to be sure they are on track and to offer assistance when needed. Assignments will be listed here, along with due dates. Students know that written assignments can be shared electronically or in printed form, but must be turned in by the due date listed in order to receive full credit.
Week 1 - Topic assignment (completed by Mr. Hughes)
Week 2 - List of sources (7 total; 4 print sources and 3 websites, DVDs, video clips, etc.) Grade 8 - 2/12/18 and Grade 7 - 2/15/18
Week 3 - Bibliography (all sources in ABC order, proper bibliography format) Grade 8 - 2/26/18 and Grade 7 - 3/1/18
Calling All Research Detectives!
It's winter in the Media Center and that means ... it's time to put our detective skills to work! There are mysteries afoot and our students are working hard to solve them. Here's a sneak peek:
Grades K-1: Winter web hunts combine our detective skills with learning the basics of Microsoft Word.
Grades 2-3: Building on our success with the research skills we learned from The Secret of the Silver Key, our students will solve several winter web hunts and will continue to explore online research tools.
Grades 4-5: Success in The Research Bureau! Our budding detectives have solved The Mystery of the Flaming Forest and are ready to put their research skills to the test with classroom research projects. Using our "Big Six" steps to research success, we'll research timely topics and share what we've learned in multimedia presentations. Grade 4 will study the State of Connecticut and will produce a PowerPoint presentation with their findings. Grade 5 will research environmental topics from our "Laudato Si" challenge and will share what they've learned through Animoto video.
Grade 6: After recent success with the EverFi Financial Literacy program, our 6th grade students will be learning even more about money-related topics. Using the "Big Six" steps to research success, their research will culminate in an interactive Prezi.
Grades 7-8: Our oldest students, now experts using the "Big Six," will research historical figures that relate to their current units of study in American History. Each student will then write a formal research paper in preparation for their transition to high school.
Fall Fun in the Media Center
It's been an exciting Fall in the Media Center! Our students have been busy reviewing the use of our many tech devices, refreshing their digital citizenship skills, and exploring their new licenses for differentiated learning in Lexia (early reading) and MobyMax (math for now, with other subjects later in the year.)
All of our students have been enjoying the touch screen computers in the media center, along with one-to-one tablets in grades 4 through 8 and a roaming tablet lab for grades K through 3. Only our junior high students take their tablets home, however, allowing them to use the many online textbook resources available to them for homework and studying.
And now, on to some fabulous tech projects! At the top of the list are 3D printer creations! We've got several projects planned that tie into classroom curriculum, including a few that help us continue our CT Green LEAF School environmental studies. Come to our Open House event on November 13th or the State of the School event on November 14th to see a few of our creations!