Archive for Third Grade

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!


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.

Cydni Snowflake

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!

Keyboarding Kids!

Second, third, and fourth grades have been spending time during technology class to work on improving their keyboarding skills.

Second graders recently started going through the online lessons from Dance Mat Typing. They are starting to learn to use two hands and all their fingers to type. The lessons include crazy characters and silly songs.

The third graders completed several months of working through lessons using the Type to Learn 4 keyboarding program. TTL4 runs on our network, tracks student progress, lets students work at their own pace, and customizes the lessons to meet their needs. The program helps the students learn to use the home row as they type.

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The fourth graders have continued to work in Type to Learn this winter. We have seen good progress with their skills. Several students tested out the “Bandana Challenge” by trying to type with a bandana covering their hands.

Parents, if your children are typing, please try to encourage them to use both hands and all their fingers!

The Secret Life of Snowflakes – 3D Animated Videos


We recently used our Dremel 3D printers to print all of the third graders 3D snowflakes. (More details on how the students created the snowflakes using the Morphi app in this blog post.) These lovely 3D snowflakes were the inspiration for the students to write a story in first person about the “Secret Life of Snowflakes.” Students used their imagination to tell about things the snowflakes liked, disliked, or wished. Their stories are very clever – I think their 3D snowflakes really helped to inspire their imagination as they wrote. Students then used KidPix software to draw backgrounds that went with their stories.

Finally the third graders used the free ChatterPix Kids app to make their snowflakes come to life. Using the app, they photographed their snowflakes on the backgrounds and then recorded audio to make their snowflakes talk! They also were able to add stickers in the app to make the faces on their flakes.

I loved hearing the dramatic expression that students used to tell their snowflake’s story! Here’s one example:

To view all of the third graders’ animated videos, click on this link:

Teacher’s note: The 3D snowflakes are amazing, but you could do this same project using snowflakes cut out of white paper set on a blue background. Another idea would be to make your snowflakes using the free My Flake app:

Disclosure: As a part of the Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors program, our school is receiving the use of the 3D40 printer for one year. 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!