3rd Grade Technology

3rd Trimester Summary

The students completed their interactive garden project in Hyperstudio.

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Using research from planktonchronicles.org, Scripps Zooplankton Guide, and NASA’s Earth Observatory  the students chose 5 zooplankton and 5 phytoplankton to download pictures of and subtitle in iMovie.

Timothy’s Plankton Movie

Aya’s Plankton Movie

The students then learned about cell respiration vs. photosynthesis and then created a mind map in Inspiration outlining the differences the processes.

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The students completed their trimester by creating a “10 Things They Learned in 3rd Grade…”project in Pages.

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Throughout the trimester, they practiced their keyboarding skills at Typing Pal.

2nd Trimester Summary

The students began their Trimester with learning a new Typing Program, Typing Pal. This program has exercises and short practice texts to help the students increase their keyboarding speed and accuracy.

All third-grade students participated in the worldwide event, “Hour of Code” in December. We began our coding unit in November, by discussing how code is used in our world and its importance. The concepts of patterns, loops, and debugging were then reinforced by working at two different coding websites.



The students began their multi-week interactive garden project in Hyperstudio. They began by finding a plant zone to research by using an interactive plant zone finder map from the USDA. They then researched on Monrovia’s Plant Catalog two trees and two flowers that grow in their plant zone. They wrote down three facts for each: the scientific names, height, bloom time, soil conditions, etc. They then went to Insectidentification.org  and chose 2 pollinators (bees, bats, butterflies, or bees) from their state. They then wrote 3 facts for each: size, lifespan, color, etc. From Imagequest they downloaded pictures of their trees, flowers, and pollinators into a folder they created on the desktop. They then took these images and traced the images in Wixie for their home page in Hyperstudio.

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They completed their interactive garden by importing their traced garden from Wixie into Hyperstudio. This was their homepage where they added buttons that linked the page to items in their garden.

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We concluded our trimester with three weeks of studying robotics. We defined as a class what a robot is and what sensors and  features a robot must have to navigate through different situations and solve different problems.

They began by learning about the engineering process at National Geographic’s Online Robotics Course: Challenge Robots.  They then learned about various sensors added to robots to complete a task.

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They then built a robot and navigated it through mazes with code solving various problems.

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We concluded the unit, by working with the Finch  robot. This robot was connected to their computer and in pairs they programmed it’s sensors with an online coding program SNAP. They chose a challenge from the Finch website and working together coded the robot to perform the actions.

1st Trimester Summary

The third-grade students began the trimester practicing their keyboarding skills with their individual accounts at edutyping.com. They then studied the following digital citizenship topics at digital passport

Students learn why it’s important to avoid multitasking with a cell phone. They consider the benefits of focusing on one task at a time.
Students evaluate examples of online messages. They decide what information is appropriate to share and when. Students are also reminded that nothing is truly “private” or “erasable” online.
Students make choices about what to do if they or their friends are cyberbullied. They are encouraged to “evolve” into an “Upstander” – someone who takes action to stop cyberbullying, rather than standing by.
Students learn how to choose effective keywords for searching online. They practice selecting keywords that are most relevant to a search prompt. Along the way, students discover hints for narrowing their search results.
Students remix media content to create a new creative piece. Along the way, they give proper credit to the artists whose images and sound clips they use.

Third-grade students have been studying plant life and ecosystems in the computer lab as part of their science curriculum. They began by creating a Mind Map in Inspiration answering the question, “What Do I Know About Plants?”

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They then looked at the structure of a vascular plant: roots, stem, flowers, and leaves and drew an imaginary plant in Pixie with that structure.

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The students then created a seed quilt with 9 pictures of different seeds downloaded to their folder on their desktop from Imagequest. Each one of these seeds was then labeled.

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The students then worked on learning the cell structure of a plant. They then drew the cell in Wixie and labeled the parts.

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Third Grade Benchmarks:

  • Use screen layouts menus and icons to navigate in program efficiently – understanding of program functions, use of right click on mouse to create a folder, move files to the trash, and save images
  • Format, edit, save, retrieve and print documents
  • Log into web-based tool accounts
  • Proper two handed keyboarding position, home row keys, 15 WPM, 90% and above accuracy

Technology Integration:  Students demonstrate the ability to use computer tools to accomplish tasks or complete projects related to classroom curriculum.