Archive for Third Grade

Third Grade Multiplication Array Cities using Keynote


Recently, the third graders have been learning about multiplication arrays.  Mrs. Parris and Mrs. Archer brought their classes into the computer lab to design an “Array City” with “buildings” that represented multiplication problems.

We used Keynote on our Mac Mini computers to make our pictures (although this lesson would also work on iPads). I used April Requard’s iTunes U Course: Array City in Keynote for inspiration. I simplified the lesson by using tables to make our buildings. Students learned how to adjust the sizing of the tables to match the multiplication problem they were representing. They added text boxes to write the problems by each building. Then they used the formatting tools to change the line and the fill colors for each building. Finally, they took advantage of all the new shapes in Keynote to add roofs and decorations to their buildings.

Here is a gallery showing all the Array Cities. Click on the image to see a larger view. (A few pictures might be missing if a student was absent or if it didn’t print – I will make adjustments as soon projects are finished.)

Welcome Back 2018!

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Hello students! Welcome back to technology class!

Here is the link to the online Nearpod game that we are going to play to review computer lab rules:


Your teacher will give you the code to join the game.

Third Grade Talking 3D Snowflakes!


The talking 3D snowflake videos have arrived!! The third graders did an amazing job creating and animating their stories telling about “The Secret Life of Snowflakes!” Here are a few examples:

Click on the link below to see all the of the snowflake videos:

3D Talking Snowflakes

Third Graders: Today leave a comment with 2 or 3 sentences telling:

  • what you LIKED about this project
  • what you LEARNED from this project
  • something you would try to IMPROVE next time you do 3D design or animation


Our 3D snowflakes were designed using the Morphi app on our iPads and printed using our Dremel 3D printers. More information on how we created the snowflakes in this blog post.

The animations were created using the free Chatterpix Kids app!


Disclosure: As a part of the Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors program, our school received the use of the 3D40 printer. If you are interested in learning more about the Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 printer, you may contact  I’d appreciate it if you noted Karen Bosch/this blog post as a referral in the comments/questions section at the bottom of the form.  Thanks!

A Blizzard of Free Snowflakes to 3D Print!



UPDATE: We enjoyed this video from the students at Pine Elementary School in Holtville, CA who printed our snowflakes. Most of their students had never even touched snow! (I forgot that I had enlarged the snowflakes before I printed them, so you will notice that they printed very small!) Click on the link below to see their video. (Note: this might be blocked at school.)

Our 3d grade students recently designed and printed some lovely 3D Snowflakes. (More information on the lesson here.) We’d love to share four of the snowflake .stl files with you to print on your own 3D printer.

We’d like to track where our snowflakes travel. If you end up downloading and/or printing one, we’d enjoy it if you would let us know:

  • Which snowflake you printed?
  • Where you are located?

You can do this by either leaving a comment on this blog post or by tweeting to @karlyb on Twitter. (A picture of you and the snowflake in your location would be awesome, too!)

Here are the snowflakes. Click on the link below each picture to download the file.

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Download the Cydni Snowflake .stl file


Download the Christian Snowflake .stl file


Download the Gabby Snowflake .stl file

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Download the Jacob Snowflake .stl file

How to Create 3D Printed Snowflakes with the Morphi App


The third graders recently worked on a 3D design project. They used 6 point symmetry in the Morphi app to create these gorgeous 3D snowflakes which we printed out on our Dremel 3D printers.


Students began in Morphi by using the free draw tool. They turned on the axis and then used the + sign to add 6 lines of symmetry. (See the diagram below.) Their designs were each as unique as real snowflakes are!

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By simply tapping the 3D button, the line drawings convert into 3D! This definitely is a WOW moment for the students!



We used the shape tool to add a “doughnut” shape as a loop. Use the diameter and thickness tools to adjust the size of the loop. This can be a bit tricky for first time users, so I did have to add to loop for a few of the students. Final designs were saved and the .stl file was emailed to the teacher with the student name in the subject line of the email (so I would know who created each file).


The designs printed beautifully on our Dremel 3D printers! It took about 2 hours to print each snowflake.

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A few hints if you try this project:

  • Adjust the line size and make it slightly thicker. The thin lines are fragile when they print and often break.
  • Be sure all lines connect on your snowflake or pieces will fall off the printed snowflake.
  • Designs that are very complex sometimes will not print successfully
  • If your design gets too large, parts will be chopped off and your snowflake will not be round.
  • The Morphi app comes in a free and paid EDU version. You will need the paid version to use the drawing tool. The drawing tool is amazing and allows you to create custom 3D designs.
  • I did make the designs larger using the Print Studio software that comes with the Dremel Printers while I was preparing the files for printing. You could also adjust the size in Morphi, but doing this step later simplified the project for the students.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! The students have used their snowflakes to inspire some creative writing about the “Secret Life of Snowflakes!” Next week they are going to change their 3D snowflakes into talking animated videos to tell their stories. Stay tuned to see/hear their videos!


Disclosure: As a part of the Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors program, our school received the use of the 3D40 printer. If you are interested in learning more about the Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 printer, you may contact  I’d appreciate it if you noted Karen Bosch/this blog post as a referral in the comments/questions section at the bottom of the form.  Thanks!

Third Grade Keyboarding with Type to Learn


Recently, the third grade students have started to use the Type to Learn keyboarding program to work on developing their typing skills. This program includes guided lessons, assessments, and games. Students can work through the lessons at their own pace and their progress is tracked by the program.

If your student is doing any typing at home, please encourage him/her to use the home row and to type with all of their fingers. Thanks!

Spirit Week 2017

The elementary students had a great time dressing up for Spirit Week! Miss Bosch took some photos for the yearbook and decided to post some of them here so everyone could enjoy them!

Wednesday was Super Hero Day!

Thursday was Celebrations Day – Holidays and Special Days!

And of course, Friday was SCS Spirit Day!

After school, the students had a great time at the fun fair!


Third Grade KidPix Autobiographies 2017

This week the 3rd graders finished their autobiography stories and illustrations that they made using KidPix software. In this lesson, the students:

  • saved and opened a file
  • used the paint bucket to fill the background
  • created a text box
  • typed their autobiography
  • used a variety of drawing tools to illustrate their story
  • used the “eyedropper” to match the background to create a colored “eraser”

It was great to see that the third graders can type longer stories in one sitting and also can move easily between multiple tools in KidPix. Here are their autobiographies (click on them to enlarge):

Back to School 2017

We’ve had a busy few weeks getting started with our technology classes!

Miss Bosch brought iPads into PreK (Thursdays) and Kindergarten (Fridays) classes for tech instruction.



First graders used the Smartboard to review the things to do/not do in the computer lab, then made some “rainbow spaghetti” in Kidpix to practice using the mouse.



Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth graders used Kahoot to play a game to review Technology Expectations. The game was filled with crazy gifs to remind the students about the rules. (Sorry, forgot to take photos while we were playing the game!) Over the next week, they will be designing their own nametag to use in the computer lab.


Third Grade Minecraft Animal Environments

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Recently, the third graders have been doing internet research about an animal during technology class. They used the information they learned to type a 3 or 4 paragraph report in Word about their animal. This series of lessons helped students practice online research strategies. They also utilized the keyboarding skills that we worked on earlier in the school year and practiced some basic word processing and editing skills.


Now the students are using what they learned about their animal to build a habitat/environment for the animal in Minecraft!


I know that many of my students know MUCH more about Minecraft than I do! So we identified the “experts” in the room and I empowered them to help their classmates if they didn’t know how to do something.


It was interesting to listen to students’ conversation and ideas about how they were building their habitats. They definitely were using what they learned through their research as they designed and worked.

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We will be continuing to work on building our habitats next week!