I’m sorry this post is a little bit late, but I don’t think it’s ever too late to look back at all the fun and learning of the year.
Besides the state standards for third grade, we also focus on 21st century skills in my classroom such as collaboration and appropriate technology use. Here are some examples of students using technology and working collaboratively. Visit our class website or Seesaw to see some of the finished products!
My students have also been forming great relationships with their kindergarten reading buddies in Mrs. King’s class. They read together at least once a month, and Mrs. King’s class has visited our class to see our finished projects.
After learning about Ancient Greece in Social Studies, we moved on to studying heat in Science. Mrs. Mauney, our student teacher, conducted multiple experiments as students investigated how thermal energy moves. In these pictures, students are collecting data on how solar radiation and different colors affect temperature.
Finally, we began a Pollution Solution Project-Based Learning Unit. As our entry event, students collected data on the litter and pollution on our school campus. This trash bag contains all the litter they found on the playground!
The 3rd quarter was full of many fun learning experiences!
This quarter students worked on several engaging cross-curricular projects.
Famous Americans Projects
Researching the lives of famous Americans
Creating digital timelines showing the most important events of a famous American’s life
Some of the final products
Rocks, Minerals, and Fossils Projects
Investigating the properties of minerals
Research and collaboration
Students investigated and made fossils
We made it to the 100th Day of School! Students celebrated by dressing like they were 100 years old!
Students celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday by dressing as their favorite characters
Today, students took home information about Barrow County School System’s BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) program. The letter details the agreement, plan, privacy information, network security, and student consequences for misuse/disruption. The agreement form details acceptance of responsibility and device use. The form must be signed and returned before students are allowed to bring devices to school.
You may have more questions about the BYOT program. Barrow County has an information website that details the program and compatible devices.
Before we begin using BYOT in my classroom, we will be reviewing the agreement and my classroom expectations.
This summer, I took professional learning classes related to BYOT and read books about it. I found a great quote in Making Connections with Blogging: Authentic Learning for Today’s Classrooms by Lisa Parisi and Brian Crosby (2012, International Society for Technology in Education):
“Scissors, sharp pencils, compasses, playground equipment, driving to school in a car or buss—all can cause injuries. But all of these things are deemed too valuable to do without, so we teach safe use and monitor students…. Children won’t learn proper, ethical use without experience.” (p. 31)
I want my students to be prepared to be successful in the 21st century. Students are going to learn how to use the technology (most of them probably already know how); I want to make sure they learn how to use it efficiently, safely, and respectfully.