Archive for the ‘Research’ Category

Welcome back, Roadrunners!

This year, learning at Randolph is OUT OF THIS WORLD!  You will probably notice all sorts of space-themed bulletin boards and displays in the hallways.

One of the new additions to the Library-Media Center is this Research Robot. He’s still under construction, but I wanted to post a photo of him so that he could be introduced to all of you.  Each week, the Research Robot will ask a question and students will have until Friday to find the answer.  All completed entries will be placed into the Research Robot’s mouth.  Correct answers will be placed into a random drawing for a prize!


But…this poor robot does not have a name yet!  Can you think of something catchy?  If so, please write the name you would like to suggest for the Research Robot (it should start with the letter R), your first and last name, and your grade level on a piece of paper.  Place your entry in the robot’s mouth.  Then I will go through the name suggestions and will give a prize to the person who suggests the name we use!  All entries for the NAME THAT ROBOT CONTEST are due on Friday, August 29.

This week, students in grades 3-5 are beginning a unit to explore the science of snowflakes.

We are reading Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin to learn more about the life of Wilson Bentley.

After the story, we are watching a BrainPOP video that explains how snowflakes are formed.  Research about the science of snowflakes will continue during Library classes throughout December and January.


Click here to make your own virtual snowflake!

Fifth grade students are working on a research unit about MONSTERS!

They must choose a legendary “monster” or mythological creature from a pre-selected list.  Then fifth graders will use at least three reference sources of information.

Monster facts include:

  • Legend/Origin
  • Personality
  • Physical Description
  • Special Abilities
  • Habitat
  • Weaknesses
  • Strengths
  • Good or Bad Guy?
  • Enemies/Friends
  • Life Span (How old or when it lived.)
  • Descriptor Words
  • Character Traits
  • Where are they from? Book or story?
  • Food
  • Favorite Facts

Click here to visit Rick Riordan’s Camp Half-Blood website and learn more about some of the mythological creatures mentioned in the Percy Jackson books.

Click here to go to the Grolier Online website to research monsters on online encyclopedias.

Students in Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd grade have been learning about some WILD animals during Library time the past few weeks.

During the first week of Library classes, we read one of my favorite books, Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen.  This story taught about the importance of following the rules in the Library.  It also gave our little ones the chance to ROAR a few times, which they loved!

The second week, we participated in an interactive reading adventure using the Wild About Books app for the iPad.   We had a lot of fun listening to the story and interacting with the pages.  Plus, students learned about bookmobiles and reading for fun!

This week, we received a shipment of NEW books and decided to continue with our wild animal theme by reading When Lulu Went to the Zoo by Andy Ellis.  In this story, a little girl named Lulu attempted to help the animals in the zoo find an improved place to live.  The 1st graders were especially excited to read this story because they are going on a field trip to the Metro Richmond Zoo in a few weeks.  When they return, I’ll be asking them to compare the zoo in the story with the one they visited.

After listening to the story, Kindergarten & 1st graders created some pretty amazing giraffes for the Library bulletin board.

Second graders visited research stations, complete with nonfiction books about giraffes, giraffes fact sheets, and laptops connected to the National Geographic Kids webpage to learn facts about giraffes.  Each student at the station was responsible for writing one new thing that they learned about giraffes.  These facts will be added to the bulletin board next week.

Second graders worked together to learn facts about giraffes.

Here are a few things that we discovered.

Did you know that…

  • Giraffes are the tallest animals in the world.
  • A young giraffe is called a calf.
  • A giraffe’s tongue can be up to 21 inches long.
  • Giraffes can go weeks without drinking water.
  • A newborn giraffe is about 6 feet tall.

Each giraffe’s face has its own individual personality! Priceless!


Fifth grade students:

  • Login to the laptop under your name, not student-student.
  • Choose a famous scientist from the Famous Scientisits website.
  • Click on the links to learn more about the scientist you chose OR go to the Grolier Online database.
  • Write important facts about the scientist on the graphic organizer provided to you in class.
  • Be sure to cite your sources!
  • Some of the completed fact cards will be displayed on the “Story Laboratory” book fair bulletin board during the month of February.

The STORY LABORATORY book fair begins on February 20th!


For the past few weeks, students have been researching to learn more about the incredible life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  In honor of his accomplishments, students helped to create this bulletin board.  The bulletin board will be on display in the first grade hallway through the end of January.

Last Friday, our amazing Art teacher, Mrs. Edmonds, invited a special guest speaker to come to the LMC and speak with the 5th grade students about the Day of the Dead. The students have been learning about this special holiday in art classes.  Mr. Alford, parent of a 5th grade student, shared his passion for collecting objects connected to this holiday.

The second grade students completed their armadillo research projects last week.  The unit ended with a STEM-inspired hands-on team project – building paper plate armadillos!

The second grade students are working on animal research projects in their science classes.  In the library, they will be learning some useful research skills as we work on a group project to learn more about armadillos.

Why armadillos?  We were inspired to learn more about armadillos after reading Jan Brett’s book, Armadillo Rodeo.  In that story, we learned that armadillos have poor eyesight and can curl into a ball to protect themselves.  Students had many other questions about this animal and we’re hoping that our research project will help to answer them.

Students:  Click on the following links to complete your research project.

  • National Geographic: Armadillos

  • Animal Planet: Armadillo

  • Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo: Armadillo (YouTube video)

  • San Diego Zoo’s Animal Bytes: Armadillo

  • Armadillo: Encyclopedia Britannica Kids

  • The Cat in the Hat’s Fish Facts: Armadillo