The 6th grade used Chromebooks and MacBooks to do research for non-fiction informational reports. We perused websites and articles, discussed credible websites, took notes and synthesized information. We also used EasyBib to generate bibliographies. This was a great project in which students were extremely engaged in doing research on topics of their choice. Learn about the myths and truths of sleepwalking from Natalia's essay.
strengths and weaknesses in the information-seeking skills of their students. Earlier this year, students in 8th grade completed the assessment. Half of the students took the 6th grade assessment and the other half completed the 9th grade assessment. The results indicated that our 8th grade students are more knowledgeable than their US peers in 6th grade, but less knowledgeable than their peers in 9th grade. You can see the TRAILS results summary and learn more about the categories in which our students are strong and weak.
Since 8th grade students completed the assessment, teachers, librarians and specialists have been working together to develop a consistent, spiraling curriculum to develop these important skills. Using the data from the assessment, we know that proper MLA citations are an area in which we want to improve so we designed a poster with guidelines about in-text citations and works cited. This poster will be available for teachers in grades 5-12. Research websites are under development for students and teachers to use in class. The 5th and 6th grade Research Stop provides a common set of practices to be used whenever students engage in inquiry/research. Another Research Stop is being developed for grades 7-12. Keep an eye out for posts about how our students are using their research skills to be critical and creative thinkers, purposeful learners, and effective communicators at every level at ASFG.
pieces of writing, and their reading blog continues to grow. This site will form the basis of their language arts reflection during the end of the year student led conferences.
In 5th grade English Language Arts students are getting ready to publish fiction writing so they have started a class blog for reflection. Using the Google Classroom Stream, students respond to reflection prompts to think about the writing process and improve their confidence. Students will continue to reflect on their writing attitude as they draft and revise their stories in the coming weeks.
Pasos de la investigación:
1. Selección del tema
2. Buscar información sobre el tema
3. Registrar tanto la información encontrada como el sitio de consulta
4. Comparar y parafrasear la información de acuerdo a los textos consultados
5. Justificar los sitios consultados.
6. Realizaron un rostro Azteca.
Los estudiantes utilizan el video Art Attack: Rostro Azteca para aprender cómo hacer los rostros aztecas. Vea a continuación un ejemplo de trabajo de los estudiantes.
Presentation skills are very important. In 7th grade Language Arts we are using a graphic organizer (an Essay Outline Guide) in Google Docs to improve student's writing and help them prepare a presentation of their ideas. Google docs allows students to see the organization of an essay in a very visual and flexible format, which helps all learners, but especially visual learners. The fact that it is a Google doc makes it easy for teacher Pat Micelli to give ongoing feedback.
First students wrote their thesis and topic sentences, and then got feedback from the teacher. Then they filled in their supporting details, followed by their “hook”. They then filled in the background section and will write their conclusion last. The last column helps them to plan out what images and text they will include on each slide and to match the slide with the content. Nelson Taylor, middle school technology teacher, will also work with students to learn best practices for creating and presenting using Keynote.
Students in 7th grade are using Google Docs and Word Counter to improve their writing. By pasting their written work in Word Counter, students discover which words they repeat frequently. Then, students return to Google Docs to make improvements in their word choices. The Define tool helps students learn how they are using a word and some options for synonyms.