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Do You Hear What I Hear?
How can we, as student engineers, create a product that will either amplify or minimize sound in our own classrooms.
After the entry event, students will investigate how sounds travels and how we can amplify or minimize our auditory output. Acting as engineers, students will create different inventions to either minimize or amplify sound. This will fulfill an authentic classroom need to block out noises from within the school as well as strengthen students' effectiveness when presenting.
Entry Event / Document:
3rd Graders Go Digital!
How can we, as concerned citizens, help our fellow classmates and community members stay safe while using digital media.
Students will become experts on the digital world as they create resources for other students to learn about and practice digital citizenship. Students will research the topic then will have a choice of either creating a commercial for the news, presentation for classrooms, or a website for all to see, as a way of communicating their findings. During the project students will research using books, videos, and websites, and will have to determine the most important information to present to their peers.
Listening and Speaking
3.SL.1 - Engage actively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade 3 topics, expressing their own opinions/ideas clearly.
3.SL.2 - Determine the main ideas and details presented in diverse media formats.
3.SL.3 - Ask and answer questions about information from a speaker.
3.SL.4 - Report on a topic or text with appropriate facts and relevant details, speaking clearly and at a understandable pace.
3. RI.7 - Use information gained from illustrations/graphics and words in a text to demonstrate understanding of that text.
3.RI. 9 - Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two text on the same topic.
3. RF.4 a - Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
3.L.1 Show understanding of conventions when writing and speaking.
3.L.2 Demonstrate command of capitalization, punctuation and spelling when writing.
3.RI.1 Use informational text to demonstrate understanding
3.W.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
3.W.7 Conduct short research projects to gain knowledge on a topic.
To launch our project, the students got together for a town hall meeting to discuss a letter from Mr. Hartley. In the letter, Mr. Hartley expressed a need for everyone at WDA to get some instruction on digital citizenship, and he wants our kids to become the experts. It will be up to our 3rd graders to do the research and decided what safety rules to share with our school community. Then they will present their findings through a website, commercial for the news, or presentation for a classroom. Also during our entry event, we went over our "kneed to knows" for this project, and brainstormed some project vocabulary.
After a lot of hard work and collaboration, our third grade students agreed on 5 main rules. These rules were the focus of their final products. Final teams were responsible for making either an imovie, keynote, or weebly page to educate other in the school and around the community. Here are some of our final products.
Links to the websites created by the Weebly groups. Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, Group 4, and Group 5,
Quarter 3 Project Title--ROCK HOUNDS
The following teachers have been and will continually be trained by the principles of the Buck Institute For Education for best practices using project-based learning techniques.
Mrs. Jenny Mevis
Miss. Elizabeth Morris
Miss. Breanne Iseler