Fifth graders discovered that creating a bibliography to show sources of information can be tedious work! So, after citing a few sources by hand, they very much appreciated the tool BibMe, an online bibliography generator. By simply entering the URL of a website, BibMe will generate the bibliography! A tool they will definitely be taking advantage in the years to come!
Second grade went low tech last week as we investigated tools that help us find information in a nonfiction book. Students played an original “old fashioned” board game called Libopoly, answering questions from the contents, index, and glossary of nonfiction books. Great teamwork and problem solving skills going on during the games!
K-1 went on an imaginary field trip in their minds. But, of course, safety first! Students came up with these safety rules: stay with a grown up, don’t talk to strangers, and keep your hands to yourself. Next, we made the connection that going on the internet is a lot like going on a fieldtrip. The internet, just like a field trip, has a lot of exciting things to see and do, but to be safe it is important for an adult to know where you are and what you are doing at all times. At school, to be safe on the internet we use Mrs. Plankey’s Bookmarked sites. Websites we know are safe and appropriate for kids. This is a good rule of thumb to follow at home as well, always know where and what your child is doing online.