Here is a list of things going on in 3rd Grade in various classrooms around the district.

Changing Neighborhoods - PhotoStory (old photos/new photos)
Crystal Cave Scavenger Hunt
Crystal Cave Answers

CPS on Sound



Performance Task: Creating a Poetry Book on Storybird: Students will create a poetry book on Storybird and learn to comment on each others' books when finished.

Essential Question or Enduring Understanding: Technology can be used for self-expression and peer interaction. We can effectively use technology to write and create what we do in Writing Workshop and interact with our peers in a different medium. However, we need to do so with responsibility.

NETS Standards Addressed:
  • 1.Creativity and Innovation Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. Students:
    • a.apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
    • b.create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
  • 4. Critical Thinking, Problem-Solving & Decision-Making Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems and make
informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources. Students:
    • b. plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.
  • 5. Digital Citizenship Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior. Students:
    • a. advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology.
    • b. exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.
    • c. demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning.
Poetry Unit
Set Up - Go on http://storybird.com/ create a teacher account and classes for your third grades. (You may want to change password to something more simplistic for students, then what is given on storybird.) For each class write up an assignment that is four weeks long for Poetry Writing.

Week One - Have students go to various poetry websites, read and listen to poetry looking for Words that POP. http://www.multiurl.com/g/3XK In Smart Notebook, students will write the words that really stand out to them as good poetry language. Save time at that end of class to go over and share the words students wrote on the board. This Poetry Word Wall will be used in the following weeks when students begin writing their own poems. Let students know that next week they will be writing poetry over the next few weeks. They can bring poetry from writing workshop if they would like.

Week Two - Send out http://storybird.com/ through Smart Sync. Give students their User Name/Password info and have them Sign In. After they sign in, bring them together for a quick tutorial about their assignment and starting a storybird for their assignment. Then send them back to get to work. Some will begin this week and some may just sandbox.

Week Three - Give students the full class time to work in on their storybird assignment. Allow those that finish to create a new storybird. (Some students have a few going at one time.)

Week Four - Have students finish storybird assignment. Students can read each others Poetry books and comment. Discuss what a good comment would be for a Poetry book. Moderate comments.




As a follow-up to Character Counts Project:

Create a wall for students on Wallwisher.com for them to share "Why Character Counts for Us!" Use this as a culminating activity for students as they finish their Character Counts project in Kidspiration. I did a quick two minute tutorial on how to add stickies to the wall at the beginning of class when I knew students would be wrapping up their Character counts project. They asked for the link when they finished.

Example: Why Character Counts for Us!