Fourth, fifth, and sixth graders worked this week with their laptops practicing their search skills. Each class had a “scavenger” hunt of questions but before they began we talked about the idea that, as Mitchell Kapor said, getting information from the internet can be like taking a drink from a fire hydrant. In order to turn that fire hydrant into a drinking fountain they learned to highlight the key words in each question first and then enter those keywords into their search field. We did the highlighting as a group this time but the next hunt will require them to figure out those keywords on their own.
Also in the Library this week….
Kindergarten–Using a visible thinking routine entitled “Here Comes Trouble” Kindergarteners began by looking at a slide of an illustration from the book The Great Gracie Chase by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated wonderfully by Mark Teague. First students talked about what they noticed in the picture and then hypothesized on what was happening and why it could mean trouble. Then when I read the story, they excitedly recognized that point in the plot where the trouble began. Doing the routine really added to the enjoyment of a great read aloud.
First Grade–After seeing a slide from No Babysitters Allowed by Amber Steward, first graders did the thinking routine “Beginning. Middle. End” and tried to figure out if the slide was from the beginning, middle, or end of the story we were about to read. They used their observations to defend their ideas. Then when we read the story they we happy to find that most of them had predicted correctly.
Second Grade–Our thinking routine for Too Many Toys by David Shannon was “Every Picture Tells A Story.” I showed them a slide of an illustration from the end of the story and they observed the details first and then tried to figure out what might be going on in the picture. They were really surprised that this slide was from the end of the book even though many had some very plausible ideas about it being much closer to the beginning.
Third Grade–Our routine for When Charlie McButton Lost Power by Suzanne Collins was called “10 Minutes Before. 10 Minutes After.” The slide I used was from the very beginning of the story and students worked on figuring out what might have before the story began. Then they worked on what might happen as the story went on. They really noticed relevant details and came up with accurate ideas that were very close to the actual story. It’s amazing to watch how well these thinking routines slow them down, make them pay attention to detail, and defend their ideas. They really like hearing the story after thinking about it first.
Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Grades–see opening post.