Wake County has adopted a research model to make the act of researching more beneficial for students and teachers. This model is known as the eWISE model, which is an inquiry model that allows you, the students to take ownership of your research and create meaningful products with what you have learned. Ms. Wasko has spent some time in the media center talking about what eWISE is, but if you need a refresher, watch this short video that another Wake County teacher made.
You will be researching animals. Before we get started we will take some time to WONDER together. Using Padlet, an interactive and collaborative bulletin board, students will post possible questions of things we may want to know about our animals. We will then sort these student created questions by category and come up with the essential question and supporting questions of what we would like to discover through our research.
You will work to SYNTHESIZE what you have learned by making sure you have answered all of the guiding questions and essential question. How can you show that you answered all of the questions that you needed? You will also need to make sure that you have cited your sources and given credit where credit is due.
You will complete the project by creating a True or False PowerPoint presentation that EXPRESSES what you have learned! Your PowerPoint presentation will have one slide for each of the guiding questions. Unlike a typical PowerPoint, you will be posing true or false questions for your audience about the animal you researched. After each true or false question, you will give the answer and an explanation. Be creative and have fun with this! Here is my example of a True/False PowerPoint about Emperor Penguins!
Discovery Education Board Builder- Objects In the Sky (Ms. Sasser and Ms. Knight)
In science students have been learning about our solar system. In technology, students have been learning more facts and information about the Earth, our sun and moon. The students have been using BrainPop to record facts about the topic. They are then using their notes and knowledge to create an interactive poster using Discovery Education's Board Builder. Board Builder is available to students when they log in to their Discovery Education account. It allows students to merge their own research, writing and content with existing Discovery Education resources to create engaging posters with video clips and images, as well as text boxes and headlines. Students can share their creations with you at home by logging in to their Discovery Education account, username wcpthierlunchnumberpassword theirlunchnumber
Cary Town Council Research and Trading Card (Ms. Barnett, Ms. Watkins and Mr. Trost)
For the third graders currently doing social studies in class, we have been studying the government, more specifically the local government. We discussed the difference between federal, state and local government and students created a tree map showing what they know about these three levels of government.
Students also researched the local government officials in the Town of Cary. We discussed what a mayor does and how the town council members assist them. The students chose one of the Cary leaders to research and then created a trading card with important information about the person using Read, Write Think's trading card creator.