This year the students will frequently use technology to learn and to share their learning. They will learn how to use different devices, apps, and websites. They will practice proper digital citizenship as they use the internet to research, to blog, and to interact with peers from Westchester and other schools.
One of our social studies standards is to learn the major topographical features of the United States, including the Rocky and Appalachian Mountains, the Mississippi River, the Colorado River, the Hudson River, the Rio Grande River, and the Ohio River. The students have been playing the Mystery State Game with partners to get familiar with the U.S. map. We had a chance to play the game with Lily's mom via Google Hangouts. The students guessed her mystery state, Oklahoma! Thanks for connecting with us, Ms. Collins!
Thanks to Ms. SanAngelo, all of the third grade classes connected with Stephanie Robinson and Jessica Haight, who co-authored a book called The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow, a fantasy novel for 3rd through 8th graders. They gave the students lots of great advice about the writing process. The students also had a chance to ask them questions. They asked questions about chapter transitions, how long it took them to write the book, and how they illustrated the cover. Stephanie and Jessica will be presenting at the Decatur Book Festival on the Children's Stage on Sunday, September 3 at 4:30. I hope many of our third grade families will go hear them speak!
This week I will send home information about various websites we are using in the classroom. The students are very excited about the opportunity to connect with each other, their families, and other schools through technology. It is a great tool for learning!