3rd Grade: Mystery Person

The 3rd graders had to put their detective hats on.  They were given a series of clues and had to record things that they thought they knew to be true about the mystery person, as well as things they might look up to help reveal who the mystery person was.  

After going through all the clues, each team was given an iPad to use to research their clues. Once they discovered who the mystery person they had to chose 4 of the clues and find a specific connection between the clue and their suspect.  

Finally, the 3rd graders penned a letter to their Captain to share how they KNEW for certain who the mystery person was. Enjoy. 








3rd Grade: Leonardo Da Vinci

In third grade we are focusing on learning what it means to be a thinker, specifically how to be a systems thinker.  What better thinker to study than Leonardo Da Vinci?  Below you will see the kids’ Thinglinks about following in the footsteps of this great thinker.

**Hover over the image and you will see different tags to click on and read about DaVinci.

**There are two SPECIAL TAGS.  One will say Adobe Voice, click on the link and you will learn about Da Vinci and Perspective.  The other will be about one of his inventions.  To see this Google Slideshow in full screen, click on the word Google Slides in the bottom right corner of their slide show.

3rd Grade: Leo the Inventor

In 3rd grade we have been studying the great thinker, Leonardo Da Vinci. The kids were fascinated to learn that he was more than just a painter and were especially interested in his role as an inventor and engineer.

The third graders each chose one of Da Vinci’s inventions to research. They researched Da Vinci’s design and today’s version.  They then made modifications to create a future version of the invention.  You can enjoy their work below.  

3rd Grade: Da Vinci

We have had a great time studying the amazing thinker that was Leonardo da Vinci.  An artist, engineer, scientist, inventor, amazing!  Here are a few recent highlights from our learning.

We learned about the many inventions that Leonardo sketched in his famous notebooks.  One that we took a closer look at was the way he modified the catapult.  We made our own marshmallow catapults and tested them out.  After testing their catapults, the kids considered what changes they could make to improve their catapult and sketched the improvements in their notebook.

Mona Lisa Parodies:  Here are the finished art pieces that the 3rd graders did after their study of Mona Lisa.

Da Vinci Biopoems: To close out our study of Leonardo, the children created a Biopoem in their Google Drive account to showcase their learning.  They then used a fun app called Chatterpix to make it seem that the artist himself was talking.

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3rd Grade: Mona Lisa and Parody

In 3rd grade we studied the Mona Lisa and investigated what made it such an important painting in Da Vinci’s time, and why it continues to connect with people today.  Through our study we came across many parodies of the Mona Lisa.  We looked up the word parody and brainstormed other examples of parodies we have seen and heard. The third graders had lots of examples, most including Minecraft, of course. Each student created their own parody of this painting.  We had everything from Taylor Swift Lisa to Minecraft Lisa to Harry Potter Lisa.  I will share all of their work in the coming weeks.

As I mentioned, when I asked the kids about examples of parodies from their life, Minecraft came up often.  Specifically, well-known songs that had been rewritten with lyrics about Minecraft.  I decided to challenge the 3rd graders to write their own parody of a song to showcase their learning about Da Vinci, or more specifically, The Mona Lisa.  Here are the few that have finished.  Enjoy!  I know I did.

3rd Grade: More Leo

This week the kids started their morning by reading some mirror writing, to get a feel for what it would be like to read Leonardo da Vinci’s notes.  The kids had a good time trying to figure out the phrases.  They then chose one phrase and created a cartoon that demonstrated the meaning of the saying.

We took a brief break from Leo to learn another legal move in Hands On Equations.  I love that the 3rd graders enjoy HOE as much as I do.  Everytime I start a lesson there is a resounding “YES!” from many of the kids.  We are nearly done with level 1 and will then start in on some tricky verbal problems.  Who knew algebra could be so fun?

To celebrate the wonderful Thanksgiving Feast put on by our awesome cafeteria, I invited the kids to eat their lunch in our room and watch an animated movie about Leonardo.  We all had a great time, and learned a little more about this amazing thinker.

After lunch the kids broke up into groups to complete their Educreations on their assigned chapter from Who Was Leonardo da Vinci?  The kids will share their video with the kids from our class and from two other GT programs in our district.  Rather than read the whole book, fellow GT students will be their teacher.  It should be a great experience.  Here are the chapters that my students covered:

3rd Grade: Learning Leo

This week the 3rd graders began their study on one of the great systems thinkers: Leonardo da Vinci.  They explored some of his amazing accomplishments in Kids Discover: Leonardo da Vinci.  We then watched a BrainPop on him that added to their understanding. I introduced the kids to MindMapping and they began a mindmap on Leonardo that we will add to throughout the next several weeks during our Leo Study.

When we were finished adding to our mindmap I broke the 3rd graders into groups of 3-4 and assigned them a chapter from Who Was Leonardo da Vinci? Each group is responsible for reading their chapter and taking notes using the Depth and Complexity icons.  After finishing their notes and reading, each group started using Educreations, PicCollage, and StoryMe to create a lesson over their section of the book.  When they are finished they will be presenting and teaching to the rest of their fellow GT friends, but not just their peers, they will also be presenting to two other GT programs in our district.  We divided the book amongst students from Northern Hills and Windcrest and will share virtually with all of those students.  The kids are excited about having the opportunity to present to other schools in our district.