Third Grade Links

Technology Integration for Third Graders





Measurement (length)

Going on an Inch Hunt Activity

Save the PowerPoint on 1 computer. Follow instructions on the PowerPoint. Use a digital camera to take pics of different measurements. Post through the PowerPoint. Print out the completed slides.


(non-standard unit weight)

Double Pan Balance

Use the computer to complete the balance game. Try to guess the weights of each shape.


You Must have been a Beautiful Baby
Measurement (weight)

Letter to Parents

Excel recording sheet

Send the Letter to Parents. Use the spreadsheet to set up your students. Replace existing data with current student data. Complete the assignment according to the directions on the recording sheet. The recording sheet also has suggestions for extension activities.
Class and individual

Time & Measurement Review

Time & Measurement Review

Lesson created by T. Ecker.

iPod Lesson:

This is a quick review for Time and Measurement.  Students must pause after the question in order to give them time to answer the question on a separate piece of paper or math journal.  The answer follows the question.


Tiempo y Medicion - Vocabulario

Tiempo y Medicion - Vocabulario Video

Lesson created by M. Adams.

iPod Lesson:

Introduce students to academic vocabulary for Time and Measurement unit

Students will listen to lesson on the IPod and then complete the activity at the end of the lesson.

Activity:  Students will provide a definition of indicated terms in their own words and then provide an illustration or an example.

Early Explorers
1) Interview an explorer using notes from research. Videotape or draw self and explorer and use them in a comic strip dialogue. 2)Use Google Earth to track Columbus's voyages
3) Complete orienteering activites, the use GPS receivers to go Geocaching around the campus. (Preparation for geocaching is required)
4) Use Voicethread to answer What explorers do, What explorers look like, and Where explorers go as well as how their explorations have lead to the development of communities.

Simple Machines

Complete the Simple Machines Packet using the Edheads website, then do one of the following activities.
1) Take photos of simple and compound machines throughout the classroom and school. Use the photos in a PowerPoint or Photostory with narration.
2) Create a video of short clips taken of students describing found simple and compound machines.
3) Microsoft Excel can also be used to graph simple machines found throughout school and even homes (homework sheet).


Class or Individual

Alternate Simple Machine Search handout (use for any of the activities)


Our Planets

Solar System Scope

Use the websites to research information on the planets.
1) Create a PowerPoint presentation using facts found in the form of postcards.
2) Create iron-on t-shirt transfers in KidPix4.
3) Videotape an interview between an astronaut and a reporter using Visual Communicator backgrounds. Create questions which focus on research findings.
4) Create a blog or wiki with sections or pages on each planet. Use an alien Voki character to tell information about your planet. Post them on the blog or wiki. Collaborate with other students in other classes and allow them to post questions. Students are graded on quality of information and questions.
5) Use Newspaper Clipping to give summarized information about your planet. Post all clippings on a webpage.
6) Download Solar System Trading Cards. Complete Solar System Trading Card Activity.  Proceed to Activity 7.
7) Students create their own trading cards with planet, sun, moon, and solar system research information. Use Big Huge Labs trading card template.

Library Research

Class or Individual

Postcard Sample

KP T-shirt Sample

MS Word T-shirt Sample

Trading Card Sample


Big 6 Research Project

What are Wetlands?

*In a Pinch-Wetlands

Biomes of the World-Wetlands


Wetlands Destruction


Salt Marsh

Saltmarsh Area


Prairie Potholes

Mangrove Swamp

In a Pinch-Mangrove Swamps

Mangrove Swamp mammals

Freshwater Marsh

Use library print resources and the websites listed for your investigation.
Why are the wetlands important? How are wetlands similar? How are they different? In which ways do these wetlands protect our environment? How do wetlands affect endangered species?

Other project suggestions:
1) Sustainable Project - Create a class calendar which includes research and pictures--MS applications and KidPix4 or SumoPaint may be used. Send copies to Printshop. Sell copies to parents and faculty. Donate proceeds to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.
2) Design a t-shirt, mouse pad, pillowcase to Save the Wetlands.
3) Use Google Earth to find Wetlands. Make a video showing where the wetlands are located, their importance, and ways they can be conserved.
4) Make an Inspiration Web with types of wetlands and characteristics or to show a food web or food chain.
5) Make a video or take digital photos for the website of wetland-related science experiments.
6) Make a collage in PowerPoint with information and photos. See sample.

7) Make a fakebook page for your animal or plant. See sample.
8) Complete the Wetlands Treasure Hunt.
As a Zoologist, Botanist, Land Surveyor, or Animal Activist you will be required to complete mini-projects. Your team will create a slide show of findings upon completion of all research.

Library Research

Class or Individual


Calendar by Bloom

Collages by Adams

Teacher Sample of Collage

Fakebook Pages by

Wetlands Extension

Presentation and Comprehension


Oral Presentation Questions

Peer and Self Evaluation

Lesson created by Murnin 3rd Grade.

iPod Lesson:

Students record themselves presenting their wetland animal.  Other students will view the video and answer questions about the wetland animal.

Cibolo Nature Center

Use resources from the Wetlands unit to supplement information.

Students visit the Cibolo Nature Center. Use the information and experiences gained to create a glog.



It's a Matter of Business - Entrepreneurs

Mini Big 6 Research Project


Howard E. Butt

Henry Ford

*La Vida de Henry Ford

Milton Hershey

*Biografía De Milton Hershey

Bill Miller

Sam Walton

*Biografía De Sam Walton

Use print sources and the websites listed to complete your Notes.

1) Create a museum box with information and photos for your entrepreneur.
2) Use Sumo Paint to create a picture that tells about your entrepeneur. Attach a brief report to the picture.
3) Create your autobiography using photos of events, props, or people and drawings in PhotoStory or Animoto. Begin with a timeline created in Inspiration.
4) Create an autobiography in book form using the same ideas in #3.




Earth Structures

Big 6 Research Project

Earth Structures Use the websites and activities on the website to learn about earth layers, glaciers, plate tectonics, earthquakes, and volcanoes. Suggested activities are included on website. Class and individual
Natural Disasters

Use these sites first:

1) Encyclopedia Brittanica or
2) World Book Kids

Use these for more information:

1) Earthquakes video (Brainpop)
2) The Science of Earthquakes
3) Earthquake Safety

4) FAQs-Earthquake Myths
5) Great Quakes
| Japan's Quake
6) FEMA info on Earthquakes
7) More info on Earthquakes
8) FEMA for Kids - earthquakes

1) Volcanoes video (Brainpop)
2) What are volcanoes? How do I protect myself?
3) More info on Volcanoes
4) FEMA for Kids-volcanoes

1) Landslides video
(Natl. Geo.)
2) What are landslides? How do I protect myself?

1) Wildfire video
(Natl. Geo.)
2) What causes wildfires and how can I protect myself and family?
3) More info on wildfires

4) Wildlife Reaction
5) FEMA for Kids-wildfires

1) Avalanches video (Brainpop)
2) Avalanche video (Natl. Geo.)
3) Avalanches-Ski Patrol
4) More info on avalanches

1) Miami Museum of Science
2) Weather Wiz Kids
3) CyberSleuth Kids

Students will research information about natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcano eruptions, landslides, wildfires, and avalanches. They will focus on how a natural disaster affects the land and communities.


  1. Avalanches--Geologist or Avalanche Specialist
  2. Landslides--Geologist
  3. Earthquakes--Geologist or Geophysicist
  4. Volcanoes--Geologist, Geophysicist, or specialize as Volcanologist
  5. Wildfires- Wildlife biologists and fire planning professionals


  1. Describe your natural disaster.
  2. How does your natural disaster effect the land and the community?
  3. What emergency plan/procedure should be in place for your natural disaster?
  4. What scientific tools are used to predict/measure events of your natural disaster?
  5. What are some recent examples of your natural disaster? Include the date, location, time, and a map.

Project suggestions:

  1. Use a digital video camera to create a Public Service Announcement or Newscast about the type of disaster.
  2. Create a Newsletter about the researched topics within the main topic.
  3. Create a PhotoStory which includes photos/drawings of the research.
  4. Create a Newspaper article about a specific event related to the topic.
  5. Create a story in Storybird. Share information about the natural disaster and include safety tips for other children.
  6. Use Big Huge Labs to create trading cards as a class about the natural disasters studied. Include descriptions, recent events with facts, tools, safety kit items and safety tips, interesting facts, and possible effects of the natural disasters on a community. (should have photos for each item)
  7. Use the photos from the Natural Disaster Photo Gallery for your projects if needed.

Library Research

Individual or Pairs







BCI--FAQs on Bats

Interview Video on Texas Bats by BCI

Bats4Kids--Bats, Bats, Everywhere!

Bats-Why Should you Care?

In Search of Stellaluna's Family

Echo the Bat story

Use the websites to complete any of the following activities:

1) Review pages from BCI, Video on Texas Bats, and Bats4Kids. Create a website, PowerPoint, or wiki for other students about bats in Texas. Include photos and drawings. Divide up the work between all students in the class.
2) Complete the "In Search of Stellaluna's Family" webquest in groups. Use Inspiration to present data in Tasks 1-3 and MS Word to present information in Tasks 4-5.
3) Compare and contrast the stories Stellaluna and Echo the Bat with Inspiration software.

Pairs and groups for class project

Encyclopedia Britannica


Notable Scientists


Famous Artists for Kids

Biographies for Kids - Leaders

Biographies for Kids - Presidents

Use the following resources to help with note-taking and creation of a biography project.

Big 6 Research Resources
Notes Organizer

Biography Writers Workshop

Possible projects:
1) Create a web in Inspiration including all data and photos 
2) Videotape students dressed as famous person giving short biographies or stating their contributions to society 
3) Create a Photostory 3 video with a picture of each student dressed as their famous person and narrate biography 
4) Create a Voice Thread with student photos and biography. Open to comments by students/parents. 
5) Create a glog with all the biography information and photos/graphics related to person's life. 
6) Create a wordle with all key words of famous person's life.

Pairs and individuals

Example of #5 with #6 included