Showing posts with label grade3. Show all posts
Showing posts with label grade3. Show all posts

March 30, 2014

Lego WeDo Exploration

Third graders are exploring the Lego Education materials called "Lego WeDo"during a set of class periods. The Computer Lab provides an open setting for students to work in pairs to select one of twelve projects. Working together they follow the directions to put together the blocks to make the project. Then they connect it to a computer so that the motor or sensor can follow a program students made using the Lego WeDo software.

This video shows the students working on their projects.


March 20, 2014

K-2 Flat Connections - Building Bridges

Once again we have a classroom participating in a global project communicating and collaborating with students across the U.S. and in some international settings. This year Laura Wetmore is participating with her class and they are posting to the project wiki. All classrooms are posting a multimedia greeting (called a "handshake") and a View from Our Window project. The project schools are divided into three working groups to collaborate on a topic, this year the topics will be Sharing Stories and Celebrations. Teachers are communicating via. email as well as a project "ning" and students are using Google Earth to "travel" to the various locations. This is an example of a project that meets the new Global Awareness theme of the updated Social Studies Framework.

This is a map of the schools in the project.

December 13, 2013

Coding in the Primary Grades

All students in grades 1-12 had an opportunity to participate in an "hour of code" activity that was appropriate to their grade level. First graders used the iPad app Kodable to explore the concepts of planning a sequence, using if/then options and learning to repeat commands. Following the Hour of Code week students have been asking to access the app as one of their options in the classrooms.

Second and Third grades used the coding activities posted at the Computer Science week learn to code page of tutorials. Several students were able to complete the activity, whether they finished or not they all had success with the logical thinking procedures that are the underpinnings of programmming.

This is a slide show of some students at Rowe using iPads and YES learning top program on their laptops with assistants from HMS:

January 7, 2013

Volcanoes in Google Earth

We can add layers to Google Earth on our MacBooks by using this information from the Smithsonian Institute.
Smithsonian Global Volcanism Program data for known or inferred Holocene volcanoes are now available as a Google Earth layer, displaying a photo (when available), geographic data, and links to more detailed information from the GVP and international volcano observatories or other websites focusing on regional volcanoes. The Google Earth software must be downloaded and installed to use this placemark file.

Download Holocene Volcanoes Placemark Download Holocene Volcanoes Network Link

Download Smithsonian/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report Network Link Download Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report Network Link


March 9, 2010

Global Awareness with Panwapa

Many thanks to Brett Pierce (Executive Director of Panwapa at Sesame Workshop) for visiting our school and teaching a lesson on "Needs and Wants" from the Panwapa Teacher Materials. The students have enjoyed our explorations with Panwapa cards as a way to discover the interests of students around the world. We look forward to the upgrades that are planned for Panwapa including links to Google Earth. Our third graders have explored continents, regions of the world and the lives of children in other cultures.

February 4, 2010

Exploring Countries and the World

Third graders have continued to explore the world using Google Earth for locating Journey North Mystery Classes, becoming Panwapa Kids and continuing to excitedly learn about continents, cultures and major geographic features.

In the lab the classes have toured the world using the Panwapa site to see country names, oceans, and the Information Booths that are in several countries. Once they have completed some time touring they join the site by becoming Panwapa Kid "USA 104,_ _ _". Creating this login and using a shared password so we can prompt them if they forget are part of Internet Safety conversations we have about creating an online identity. As part of creating a Panwapa Card students create a character and a home, then they select their favorite food, music, sport, activity, etc. We created a list of all the Panwapa IDs and sent each child home with her/his own. Students can go to any country, zoom in and see the cards created by students around the world.

December 4, 2009

Rethinking the "Country" unit

Earlier I blogged about the excitement in the room when I introduced Google Earth to a class of 3rd graders. The next step is to find ways to connect our students to real images, stories and experiences of students their age in other countries. As they learn about different languages, currencies, time zones and land forms, we want our kids to get a feel for another culture. Last night over 100 international educators viewed Kim Cofino's K12online presentation posted below in the "Fireside Chat" format and she has created a fabulous wiki of resources I will be exploring with the third grade team of teachers. I have created a group on the K12online ning and would love to have others join it so we can share ideas about bringing country study into new realms of global collaboration.

November 19, 2009

Exploring Google Earth & Google Maps

This week we started geography and world cultures awareness with 3rd graders by introducing Google Earth and Google Maps. Click to start the SchoolTube video as they share their excitement about these learning tools.

November 12, 2009

Writing and Blogging in Grade 3

For the past two years Richard Sellinger has incorporated working in a blog with his classroom writing program. This year his "Lobster Blogsters" have started off the year collaborating with classes in other parts of the country on an Observation Window project that ties in with themes that he and Nancy March have been doing to incorporate scientific observation into student writing. Their first observations are recorded in the Voicethread embedded below:

The third grade classes all hope to connect with students in other countries as part of their unit on countries of the world this year. To begin to practice that communication Richard's students are creating their first articles and Kim Spencer's students learned how to comment on them this week. There has been great enthusiasm by students in Richard's class to having comments from other students to their articles. We all look forward to building this communication tool with more blogs and more access.

September 30, 2009

Bugs, bugs, bugs

Third graders learn about bugs, or more accurately, they become entomologists learning about insects. Outdoor explorations in the garden, photo opportunities and research sources give students an in depth understanding of this group of animals and the life cycles they exemplify. One amazing opportunity offered by the University of Illinois is an interactive session with scientists who have loaded student samples onto an electron microscope for viewing by a class. I was asked to "drive" the microscope which involves selecting between the ladybug, pill bug, fly and ant sent by the class and then zooming in to see a compound eye, the hair-like "setae", the grasping sections of the mouth, etc.

Student questions and sample images from one class are available at