Weekly All School Bulletin
Have you ever wondered who invented basketball? Did you know that the invention of Silly Putty was initially an accident? How did Life Savers candy become so popular? These are just some of the questions that our second and third graders have been wondering about during our Writer's Workshop lessons as we focus on inventions. From inventions of the 1800's to modern devices of today, each student has begun preparing the steps needed to develop their first research paper of the school year.
The students began by choosing a topic of interest from a list of various inventions. Then, they used their IPads to locate articles related to their topic. Once their articles were found, students highlighted facts and organized their information with color coded papers and notecards. They each carefully began transforming their notes into well-developed paragraphs. Names of inventors, important dates, marketing and advertising of particular inventions, and ways that these inventions have changed our lives are just some of the sub-topics included in our research papers. The skill of paraphrasing has been an important part of the research process, as the students are learning how to take information they learn and put it into their own words. All resources used will be cited with the assistance of Ms. Paine during Library class.
Our recent Writer's Workshop lessons have been full of facts that surprise us and make us wonder, which in turn initiates the drive to research more nonfiction material. Hearing our students ask each other about the inventions they are studying provides the opportunity for our students to teach each other as well. Thus, one student who is studying a particular invention will come away with facts about a whole new invention, as our students have been encouraged to share their knowledge with their peers. It's been the perfect blend of independent research and sharing information with each other. More sharing will take place once we polish our first drafts and type out our final copies.
~ Ms. Cappola
Second/Third Grade Teacher