3rd Grade

What's Happening in Third Grade Tech?

September - October
Digital Citizenship

We started by discussing how to be safe online and think about what impact you are making. We use the Rings of Responsibility to help us remember our impact online.

Self: The center ring represents responsibilities you have to yourself, such as keeping yourself safe and healthy.
Community: The middle ring stands for responsibilities you have to your community, including the people you know and interact with on a regular basis. This can include both friends and family. But it can also include people you don't know well, but with whom you interact with (e.g., grocery store clerks, a friend in an online gaming community, etc.).
World: The outer ring stands for your responsibilities to the larger world. This would include people you don't know but whom your actions might affect.

 Password Protect

Third graders learned how to come up with a memorable phrase and how to then create a PW using that phrase. They used first letters of each word and then added a familiar number to that phrase. Familiar numbers included their homeroom number, lunch number or how many students in a class they take.

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October - December - Introduction to Coding

One of the skills third grade needs to start coding on code.org is how to determine the direction Angry Bird needs to go to capture The Pig. We used a compass rose  and our arms to help our partner move around a paper grid to find the gem. Next students will use block based coding to solve puzzles on code.org.

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January - February -  Using Gears to build a Carnival

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Third grade will use gears to build a carnival. The gears will serve as a base for carnivals. They will use dowels through the holes in the gear to make their rides spin.   

     March - April - Circuitry 

Students will learn the basic idea behind an electric circuit. They will use a battery to light up a bulb. Students will then create a "squishy circuit" out of conductive clay. Students will be able to include many movable parts into the "squishy circuit."