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Vineyard ranch third grade hosts research event

Third graders from Vineyard Ranch Elementary showed off their research projects at “Research Restaurant” on April 9.  They spent weeks researching the rainforest and desert animals and learning all about their habitats, physical characteristics, and different adaptations.  This project required them to apply many reading skills they’ve learned this year such as questioning techniques, nonfiction text features, main idea and details, cause and effect, and summarization.  They used print and online resources to gather information and learned about citing sources with the help of our librarian, Mrs. Littlejohn.

Students created a life size model of their animal using different materials at home. They thoroughly enjoyed the creative piece, while at the same time were responsible for remembering to incorporate the facts and adaptations of the animal.  At school, they spent their time researching, writing research papers, and completing a technology piece to show off their final product.  At Vineyard Ranch, a strong influence is put on technology.  To show off their work in a new way, they used brand new Apple laptops to create personal Glogsters, virtual scrapbook pages using text, images, photos, audio, and videos.  Through Glogster, they are able to share their glogs with other students and parents.

To culminate our research, third grade invited parents to school to eat lunch in the transformed rainforest and desert classroom habitats.  Students led their family members through the museums, shared Glogsters, read their research papers, and solved animal math problems which students wrote.  Third grade teachers want to thank the parents and staff for taking time to come look at our students’ hard work.

Alana Chowdhury poses next to her jaguar in the rainforest.Alana Chowdhury poses next to her jaguar in the rainforest.

Ethan displaying his tarantula.Ethan is showing off his giant tarantula.

Mrs. Ryders third grade students putting together the technology piece of their animal research project.Mrs. Ryders third grade students putting together the technology piece of their animal research project.

Mrs. Ryders third grade students putting together the technology piece of their animal research project.Mrs. Ryder's third grade students putting together the technology piece of their animal research project.

Posted on April 12, 2013