2008-2009 Electronic Newsletter for Third Grade

The third grade students have been working on a variety of projects this year. I would like to share our work with you. As we work on the Internet, I have taught the students to find the links through a website called delicious. If your children would like to use the websites at home, they should be able to click on the All Tags link on the right side of the screen and navigate to the 3rd-grade link. They may need your help finding a website. I have included notes for each website to help you help them.

Saint Michael Delicious account

There is a link saved to send your name to Mars on a computer chip. We did not do this in class. You may use the link with your child if it is of interest to you. My whole family is sending our names to Mars on the 2011 mission. As a parent, you may be interested in creating your own Delicious account. You can save bookmarks and open them on any computer.

As the year progresses, I work on many different projects with the third grade students. You may click here or click on the word Third on the left side of the screen to see my plan for the year.

My programs of choice in the third grade are Kid Pix, Word, and Kidspiration. These allow me to show the students how to use many different tools while we practice concepts being learned in the classroom. In KidPix, we continued learning more ways to use the options in the program to create projects. In Word, we have practiced typing one space between words, pressing return to get to the next line, using the delete (backspace) key to erase mistakes, and typing paragraphs. We practiced using font colors on a poem called "The Wumpaloons" and then drew what we imagined a Wumpaloon would like like. The images are posted here. Kidspiration allows the students to create charts to organize their thoughts. You can click here to see a slideshow of your child's work.

Once the students complete the project for the week, they may use their choice of several educational games. They enjoy A to Zap!, Thinkin' Things 2, JumpStart Kindergarten Advanced, Reading Blaster Ages 5-7, and Math Blaster Ages 5-7. They are like using Google Earth to explore our planet.

The students shared their drawings and singing via a video.

We have been learning about penguins and our state bird since January. Through the use of Excel, Kidspiration, our Activboard, and KidPix, the third grade is building their knowledge. Here are a few sample drawings of the Eastern Goldfinch and a sample of a Kidspiration chart comparing the penguin and the Eastern Goldfinch in a Venn diagram.

We recently enjoyed watching a video of the book Make Way for Ducklings through Discovery Streaming. The students used our Activote devices to show their comprehension. We won these devices with the CDWG/ Discovery prize. We used Google Earth to travel the path of Mr. and Mrs. Mallard. You can download Google Earth for free.

Earlier in the year, the students had an opportunity to test our new tablet PCs. We will use them again before the year ends.

The school has a Flickr account to store photos taken throughout the school day. Please take some time to enjoy the photos. Click on a blue word (tag) to see that collection of images.