Great research?

Grade 10 students are beginning their investigation for their Personal Projects.

What makes great research?

Knowing your information NEED then selecting the most appropriate sources


Grade 8 picture books

“I thought I was advancing in my reading and now I am asked to read picture books,” one student commented. Yet according to Nancy Loewen, one of the best ways to learn about  how to write and draw a picture book is to read as many as you can.

As part of the grade 8 Humanities focus on the Romans they have been exploring how Roman society perpetuated their values and culture. Often it was through fables and tales for children. These tales have a moral or lesson to them and were at first part of the oral traditions of societies. Traditional tales are found in the nonfiction section of our collection. We follow Dewey classification and this system places these tales in the 300s which is for society.

Now they are written they have become part of the sweet treats for children – Esphyr Slobodkina. Reading stories is something children love. These books are not easy reads, in fact many children’s picture books have adult reading levels. The language and rhythm are rich and engaging. The pictures should tell part of the story. In every picture book the words enhance the pictures and the pictures enhance the words – they cannot be separated, they rely on each other.

Grade 8 students will be writing their own picture books to illustrate an essential value for society. It will be fun to read them when they are published.

Three steps before Google

While working with grade 7 students on their research into an historic event through the eyes of a family member we challenged them to consult three sources BEFORE Google. Those three steps are to start with Destiny webpath, then try Encyclopedia Britannica and finally look at EBSCO exploria. All of these sources offer high quality electronic information and help with citations.

Here is the presentation

Smart tools for grade 6 Exhibition

Grade 6 is starting their work on Exhibition. This involves the students choosing their own topic to research and then researching about it and taking some action. One of the tools to keep track of the information and to cite it correctly is EasyBIb. Here the slide show used to help them set up their EasyBib accounts and to start them thinking about showing where their information came from. This of course is just one step in the process.



Celebrate our Reading week – dress up time

Next week we will be celebrating our reading, all week. On Thursday 19th February at Marmara and Friday 20th February at Hisar we will be dressing up as our favourite book characters.

Here are some photos from last year to help you start thinking about possible costumes – and here is a great website – book costumes for kids – to visit for ideas too. You don’t have to buy a costume, why not make one? There are some great ideas on that website.