The grade 5 students have been hard at work on their G5 Exhibition projects for the last few weeks. The official Exhibition ceremony will be tomorrow, from 6 to 7:30. It promises to be an excellent showcase of student learning, and we’re hoping the whole IST community will attend. See the poster below.
One of the components of the G5 Exhibition at IST this year was an essay outlining the research students found on their topics. Each student had to prepare an essay based on joint research they did in their topic group. The topics ranged from animal welfare to air quality in China.
As principled inquirers, the grade 5 students included a bibliography of the sources they consulted for their essay. Citing their sources is a skill that they will be expected to master in their secondary and beyond learning. We start teaching elementary students about citing sources from grade 1, and the Exhibition bibliography is a culmination of that teaching, as well as preparation for middle school.
All of the mainstream students cited their sources on a separate bibliography page, in full MLA format, as will be expected of them in middle school. The ESL students also created a bibliography page, listing only the URLs and titles of books they consulted.
Most of the grade 5 students consulted a variety of print and online sources. The average number of sources cited was 7, and the smallest number of sources was 3.
A few weeks ago, before the grade 5 students began their research in earnest, we reviewed how to evaluate websites for credibility. It was encouraging to see how many students considered the credibility of their sources, with all but 2 students including credible sites like UN portals and databases in their bibliographies.
We are looking forward to seeing the completed Exhibition projects tomorrow and Friday. Let us know in the comments if you were particularly inspired by one of them.