Monday, June 5, 2017

Fourth Grade Capstone Project Celebration! Save the Date!

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Fourth Grade Capstone Project Celebration!

All RES fourth graders will be sharing their
Capstone individual research projects
From Enrichment Library class on

June 14, 2017
8:50-9:30 am
RES Library

Families are welcome to join us!
(this is right before the start of Field Day)
We will also be posting all these awesome projects
on our Enrichment Library class blog,

Darcie Rankin, RES enrichment teacher
Beth Redford, RES library media specialist

Friday, May 12, 2017

Tomatosphere Resources

Second Graders!

Check out this link to find awesome information about our Tomatosphere project and space exploration!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

RES Ambassadors of STEM

A few months ago I blogged about an opportunity that Richmond Elementary School was part of through a grant from the Vermont After School Program and Montshire Science Museum. That Tinkering Grant award allowed us to have some awesome materials for engineering exploration both in school and in an after school class that I hosted.  The relationship that RES established with the Vermont After School program has led to excellent learning for students as well as professional development for myself as the RES enrichment teacher. It also led us to an opportunity to visit the Vermont State House in Montpelier last week and talk to state representatives about all of the great engineering activities, and the amazing makers and scientists that we have at RES.

I was proud to bring six students to Montpelier to participate in a day that included engineering design challenges, a visit to floor of the State House (where our Richmond representative called out our students by name!) and time to engage representatives in making through our RES marble maze display (Students designed elements and created on the spot).

It was great to share about the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)---and to see RES students SHINE!  At RES this year we are on a journey to bring making, creating and engineering to all students through the creation of a Makerspace.  It is a journey as we figure out how this work fits into our curriculum as well as our after school programming.  Connecting to the Vermont After School program has been an excellent way to engage in dialog about how we can provide multiple avenues for all students to access these skills and opportunities.

If you have ideas about this topic--I would love to hear from you. This journey is a collaborative one that invites all of us to think about how to provide awesome opportunities for our kids!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Today in Second Grade Enrichment

We are going to WONDER together!

We are at the beginning of your second grade inquiry projects and we are going to get started using the website tool Wonderopolis.  We are going to learn about how to wonder and then we are going to use words, pictures and videos to answer our question!

Today's Class Question:
Are Sloths Lazy?

Wonderoplis Link:

Step 1:
Talk to your partner about the question. What do you already know about sloths?  Do you think they are lazy?

Step 2:
Go to the website link:

Step 3:
 Listen or read the information about sloths.

Step 4:
Look at the pictures of sloths.

Step 5:
Watch the sloth video.

Step 6:
On a sticky note write something you learned from Wonderopolis today and place it in our Wonder Jar!

Step 7:
Explore other wonders OR comment on blog posts!

RES 17th Annual Science Fair Success!

Last Thursday evening over one hundred people gathered at Richmond Elementary School to celebrate science and learning!  The RES Family Science Fair is a tradition at our school that brings family and friends together to share their learning.  There are no awards, or winners......just students learning and sharing and excited about all of the great and amazing concepts that science brings to life.  Each year I am inspired by students--the extra work they do and the depth of their thinking is awesome!  This year we had a large range of projects. The below video is an attempt to capture some of their great work.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

My cat Lulu

One summer day August 14th 2016 I got a cat called Lulu from a animal shelter called random rescue🐱. She is a orange tabby cat. She is one year old. She was once stranded in the woods once but safe here and now.
Guest post by Elise

Taylor's animal blog

Tigers have stripes. Tigers have sharp teeth. Tigers are mean. Tigers are my favorite animal.  Do you like tigers or lions better?
Guest post by Taylor L.


Space is huge. Think of stars as grains of sand.  If you put them all on a beach the beach would have a thin amount of sand on 100x50 foot spot.  Scientists have just discovered seven planets that may have water. They are all orbiting the same star forty light years away.  A light year is the distance that light travels in one year

I think Jupiter should not be a planet. Do you know why? Because Jupiter has asteroids that are orbiting with it and my mom told me that in order for a planet to not be a planet it had to have bigger things than the object itself orbiting with it. And then I figured out that the dwarf planet in the Kuiper belt should be a planet.  

Space xDragon was launched in February of 2017 and I hope you like space.

Guest post by Elliott

Back to class blast for girls!

If it is the end of summer and you are about to start should read my blog it is about dream lockers and pencil blocks and let's get started.Well I love❤️😍 pretty and cute things.and I am going to show you a picture of my blog.
And these are pictures of my friends.


Guest blog by Maddie C.

Zacs fire cry game blog

in this game there is a rifle.
There is a vehicle called a jeep.
Have any of you played this game?
Guest post by Zachary

JRs Awesome Minecraft

I play Minecraft most all the time.I made so many things.  I made a safe house that I am still working on. I like to watch videos of Minecraft.  I would like to learn how to get mods on my you know how? Do you think we can get 100 comments on our blog? If you think we can..thank you!

Guest post by JR

Thursday, February 23, 2017


Guest post by Justice

Have you ever played Minecraft before? Do you even know what it is? It is a game you can play on an Xbox phone or TV. But first you might have to buy it if you want to play on an Xbox.  It is really fun. I will show you an example of a picture of what it looks like when you build a world.

Abigail's creative blog

Face paint 🐲🐍
Have you ever tried air face paint? It is really fun!🐲🐍I love it!

Noelle's creative blog

 My good art project 😍🐢.
I got a new book that had all kinds of adult drawings I have done some  of them.  They are very beautiful.  Here are two of my best friends. What do you like about the picture?😜

Toy Trains by Alex

Guest post by Alex
Sometimes toy trains are fun to play with  !  When I play with toy trains they go fast! Toy trains are cool!

Baby animals

Guest post by Katie
Have you seen a baby animals before? Well I'll tell you about one its a baby lion. They live anywhere in Africa. But mostly in jungles and grasslands. They eat meat not grass. There are a lot of cute animals.... but go read some other blogs.

The super bowl

Guest Post by Isaiah
The Super Bowl is a football game played at the end of the season. It was the Patriots versus the Falcons and the Patriots won. I was really happy.  Were you happy?

Snow Day

Guest post by Gabby
We had  a  snow day on Monday.
On  January 20th we had  no snow.
And now  the  snow  is  up  to  the top of my boot.

Calebs Minecraft blog

A Guest Post by Caleb

Minecraft rocks!!!!!!!!!!  Because you can build really cool stuff.πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»in survival you have to get your own stuff, like making swords and pick axes.But in creative you have infinity stuff like pick axes, shovels and swords also you can put on armor. I hope you like my blogπŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

What is your favorite mod?

A tiger post

A Guest Post by Cassidy
My name is Cassidy and I think tigers are cool very cool🐯.I drew cartoon version of two tiger cubs one is sleeping and one is stretching.🐯 what is your favorite type of tiger?

Owen's Poke blog

POK'EMON ROCKS!!!!!!!I love pok'emon so much.
I have 405 pok'emon cardsπŸ˜€πŸ˜„πŸ˜Š
How many cards do you have?
I also have 6 exes and 2 megas and 1 breakπŸ˜„
Do you collect cardsπŸ˜€?
A Guest Post by Owen

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


Guest post by Kayla

Do you like music? I do.  What is your favorite band? Mine is the Lumineers.  The y have cool lights. I saw them in a concert. It was good.

Silas' monkey blog

Guest post by Silas
Monkeys live in trees. Monkeys mostly live in Madagascar. Monkeys eat bananas and they also eat bugs.πŸ€“πŸ˜‡  What is your favorite monkey?

Taggart's top 5πŸ•πŸ…πŸ–₯πŸ‰πŸ‘Ώ

I Like pizza do you ?
I Like pepperoni pizza .  What is your favorite pizza?
What t.v shows do you watch?  I watch Larva and Animaniacs and Johnny Test.

Guest blog by Taggart

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Second Grade Guest Bloggers

I am honored to have second grade classes guest blogging on the Enrichment at RES website for the rest of February and March.  Students have been learning all about the blogging medium during enrichment classes and will be creating posts to share their ideas, interests and information about our class.  We have a very ambitious goal of receiving one hundred comments on our blog posts.  I hope you will look at the student work and leave a comment--having an authentic audience is great!

Science Fair Resources

The science fair is coming! On Thursday March 16th RES students in grades K-4 are invited to come and share their great science fair projects with our community.  The science fair is a great way for students and families to work together to explore and learn about topics that interest them.

Entry forms will be sent home Friday February17th and will be due back by Friday March 10th.
Open ...

Not sure where to get started?  I highly recommend starting with your interests! Is there a topic you studied in school that you would like to learn more about? Is there something you have always wondered about--maybe how it works?  Do you have a special collection you would like to share?

The RES science fair is a non judged family event...which means adult help is welcome and appreciated..AND kids can work together to create projects too!

Not sure where to get started? Here are a few resources!

I love this website. It has tons of great project ideas and even lets you answer a survey to narrow down the choices to your interests!

This site also has great examples, and includes some great videos which will support visual learners too! Although they are also a business trying to sell science materials, it includes many great free resources in the 'Experiments' section:

And one more of my favorites!

In addition, the RES school  library is full of science project ideas and resources.  Did you know you can check out additional books with a family account?  See Mrs. Redford to set this up.

And lastly, I have several science project idea books, and am happy to discuss and brainstorm ideas with kids or families....just stop by and see me, OR email me to set up some time.

Happy Experimenting, Discovering and Learning!
Have FUN!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Lydia's animals blog

Guest post by Lydia

Did you ever here about endangered animals? If you did try saving them!!!!!!!!!!!!Do you have pets I do. 
I have 19 chickens and 2 bunnies and 1cat. I had a dog but she died πŸ’”πŸ˜’. Cougars are in danger!
Pandas, elephants, Tigers, and big cats are in danger and more.

Do you have a pet?

Lily's animal blog

Do you like animals? Do you have a pet ?  Did you ever here about endangered animals ?

Because I'm about to tell  you about endangered animals. 
Endangered animals means that there about to be no more of that animal. Please try to help me with this problem πŸ˜₯πŸ’”  

Please take care of your environment !

Guest post ByπŸ€— Lily


Guest post by Kayden
Cougars and Jaguars are endangered animals. We should try and save them.  But PeopleπŸ‘ΊπŸ‘Ήkeep killing them.  Cougars live in a variety of habitats. They eat deer. They are  carnivores and eat a lot of meat. What do you know about Cougars?

Bree's Princess Blog.

Guest Post by Bree
I started to like princesses when I first saw Tiana.  I like their songs and dresses.  Did you know Elsa is my favorite princess? What is your favorite princess? Princesses live a long time ago and some still live today.  Elsa can shoot snow out of her hand and she is a queen.

Here is our classroom cougar.
 This is where we stop in the hallway.

Kristi's food blog

Cottage cheese
Chicken nuggets
French fries

They all are food.  And they are good and healthy.  And they are yummy and they are tasty.  And they are my favorites.  I hope you like my things.
What is your favorite food?
Guest post by Kristi

Friday, February 10, 2017

My Pet

Guest blog by Penny
My pet is a fluffy and cute and she is crazy her name is Judy she is a yellow lab. Do you have a dog?

Lamborghini and GTR

Guest post by Justin
Here is a picture of a GTR.  They are faster than a 240. Lamborghinis are the fourth fastest cars.

Karizma's Building Post

Guest post by Karizma
These are people who did really good jobs at building. They are in the enrichment room. I like to build.Do you like to build? What is your best thing to build? I like to build towers.


Guest post by Juniper

I am blogging about kids being creative.πŸ˜‡πŸ£

We are crafting

This is my friend crafting she a really good friend 😍
Me and my friend really like craftingπŸ€‘
Do you like to craft?

Guest post by Maddy

I like horses

I like horses because they're my favorite animal! They are my favorite because you can ride them and they are furry! There are lots of different kinds of horses. Horses can be wild or they can live in barns. Horses are the best, I hope you get to see them some day. Because you might like them like I do. Do you have horses?

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Elle's fashion blog

There are many different types of fashion.  I am going to tell you a good story about fashion it's called wear it.

Do you know no one can be nonfashionable! It is what you think. Wear what you want to wear . No one will make fun of it!

Guest post by Elle


A Guest Post by Logan
Pokemon is great. I like Pikachu because he can shoot thunder out of his tail.  What character do you like? Have you played the Pokemon game? 

Kate's Panda Blog Post

Do you know about pandas?  Do you like pandas?  Pandas eat a lot. They are mostly very tired and they are in danger. If you are wondering about pandas you can watch a panda video.In this video pandas are tring to climb a slide!

Guest post by Kate

Friday, February 3, 2017

Noah's Minecraft blog post

Have you ever played Minecraft? I have built a mine under a house.  When I built the mine I put torches in it. Here is another example of Minecraft.

Guest post by Noah

Rowan and Maddie's blog!!!

Guest post by Rowan
Our fish had babies!
Once we walked into the class room and we looked in the fish tank and saw...........our fish had babies!
We jumped up and down and said YES!!! And for rest of the day we could not stop thinking about it!        

Summit's blog

Hello.We have choice today. Here is a Picture of kids playing house and kids playing noends.
My favorite choice is marble maze.  What is yours?
Guest post By Summit.

Lachlan Pokemon blog

Guest post by Lachlan 

Charizard is a fire type Pokemon.Charizard has many attacks.Charizard has two maga evolutions.Do you like charizard?