Hello Everyone! It’s me, a 4th grader at DuJardin Elementary School. A lot of people in school already know me, ‘cause I like to make a lot of friends across grades! But let's get right to what I want to say. Late October, in the week of 10/24/19, my teacher (Mrs. McGrane) introduced something she likes featured in non-fiction writing. It’s called a bibliography (biblio-graphy: “Biblio” means “book” an “graph” means “to write” it is most commonly used as a suffix, AKA “graphy”) !
You basically state the sources that helped you put valid and interesting information into your essay. Just saying, you always have to state your sources while writing. Otherwise, it’s basically stealing from the person that discovered that very thing! It’s claiming that you did something that someone else did. Long story short, It’s illegal.
This is the link to the website my class used to create our bibliographies. We entered the source information and then the website did some formatting for the bibliography. https://www.citefast.com/?s=APA#_Webpage
In case you’re curious, here is my bibliography:
(As you can probably tell after reading my bibliography, my essay was about Archimedes.)
If you’re in any grade lower than fourth, you can look forward to informational writing later on! If you don’t think bibliographies are cool, then well… Or if you don’t like informational writing… O-or maybe you d-don’t even like w-writing… Then, I can’t really tell you what to look forward to in Fourth Grade. You’ll figure it out yourself. :)
Oh and if you’re not a student, I bet you wish you had learned this as a fourth grader. Think about how much easier writing formal papers would have been as you got older!
Well, this is the end of my entry, I hope you are excited for bibliographies, and if not… But anyway, please enjoy all the other blog entries, there are a lot of good things going on at DuJardin School.
As, Mr. Couros writes, sometimes we think of technology and innovation as synonymous. However, read about the assembly turned student service project as a meaningful example of NEW & BETTER!
Guest Post by Charla Treanor, DuJardin School Social Worker.
DuJardin participated in a whole school wide community service project in honor of this year's nationwide Character Counts! week. A speaker from the local Ronald McDonald House in Winfield came and spoke to our school about how the house helps families with a sick child at Central DuPage Hospital. As a way to support the Ronald McDonald House, all kindergarten through 3rd graders made welcome bags that will be given to families as they arrive at the house. The welcome bags contained games, puzzles, notepads, crayons, and a snack for the family to give either their child in the hospital or to a sibling of a child who is in the hospital. The bags also had note attached with a heart that said "Handmade with Love by DuJardin Elementary School".
The 4th and 5th graders tied 49 fleece blankets that will be given to the child or sibling as well.
DuJardin teachers were also a part of this project, as they spent one morning before school, preparing the blankets to be tied.
This project gave DuJardin students a hands on way to show empathy and compassion for others. They were asked to imagine how it would feel to be in the hospital or to have a sibling staying in the hospital and what it would feel like to receive a surprise such as a welcome bag or a warm blanket in a cold hospital room.
TALK ABOUT NEW & BETTER!
This week's "Tell Me Something Good" is the newest segment that has been added to the DuJardin Weekly News: Classroom Spotlight.
In the past, we've included features like "Holiday Spotlight" or "Culture Spotlight" where different information is shared about special traditions, customs, and celebrations. It's a wonderful way to allow staff and students to teach others about their lives. These are usually scripted by the student news anchors and are filmed in an interview type of format. Check out a few previous "spotlights" here.
This year, each classroom will have the autonomy to create their own "Classroom Spotlight" segment. Every classroom will be featured throughout the year. The hope is that it is a fun classroom bonding experience to create the segment and that the kids are excited to see themselves and share about their class on the school news.
Thanks to Mrs. Guido for the idea!
Check out the first segment, created by Mrs. Harsila's 3rd Grade Class! They share all about their STUDENT CREATED NEWSLETTER! Love it!
Want to know more about our DJ Weekly News?
Read this blog post (includes templates, a podcast about production, and more)!