Category Archives: Grade 3

Getting Caught Up…

I apologize that the blog has been a little inactive lately.  Rather than upload seperate posts on each assignment that we’ve completed, I figured I just send you over to our Artsonia gallery.  It has some new uploads and will continue to accumulate artwork over the next few weeks.  From here on out, I’ll try to stay more on top of things!

Go here to see our work:


Tech Tool: Voicethread


Cost: FREE (for up to 5 files), see levels of subscription at

What is it?
With VoiceThread, group conversations are collected and shared in one place from anywhere in the world. All with no software to install.

A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways – using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments too.  (taken from voicethread site)

How I am using it:
To be honest, I’ve only used Voicethread for my classroom curriculum one time.  I used it as a station to help show how the artist Henri Rousseau shows space in his work.  I only took advantage of uploading images, recording sound and drawing on the images.  There is so much more you could do with this!

Click the link to see the voicethread:

Teacher Tips:
Use a voicethread to bring together a vareity of media files on one topic.  I find it works well for the visual side of things- reading diagrams, critiquing artworks, etc.

Create a voicethread to introduce, reinforce or close a topic in class.  If used to introduce a topic, students could post questions.

Have individual students or small groups access voicethreads to get instruction directly from you (recorded into the voicethread) while you work with other students.

Give students access to a voicethread (simply use the web address) and they can leave comments (audio or written) of their own.  Great way to document participation or understanding.

Have students (if they have email addresses and create accounts) create a voicethread on a certain topic to share with the class.

Have students create a voicethread to share their work.  Have other students log in and use the comment feature to give peer feedback.

Parent Tips:
Have students make voicethreads about what they are learning in school.  Share with the teacher!

Families could create voicethreads to send to family and friends far away.  It could include pictures and narration of things happening in your life!

PTA Reflections Program 2011-2012

Diversty Means…

The PTA Reflections Program encourages students in all grade levels to pursue artistic expression.  Rosa Parks-Edison students can enter thier best creative work to illustrate this year’s theme– “Diversity Means…” — in six categories: visual arts, dance choreography, film/video production, musical composition, literature and photography.  Each project must be the original work of one person only, but students may ask for advice from their classroom teachers and special teachers in the areas of art and music.

To participate, please complete the form sent home and return it to your teacher.  Within two days, you’ll recieve an entry packet with the program rules and registration information.  You may entre more than one category, and you may have more than one entry in a category.

All entries will be judged by a panel of experts in January 2012.  School-level winners in each category will advance to the Indiana PTA Reflections Program.

Projects are due on or before Tuesday, December 13th, 2011.
If you have any questions about the PTA Reflections Program, or need an additional entry form, please contact Manda Newlin, 317.881.7581 or

Picasso, Value, Genres, Oh My! Station Central in Third Grade

To kick off our next lesson, which covers many new concepts, third graders navigated through a series of stations in Art.  Here they are:

1.  Listen to Greg Percy’s song Picasso Polka.  Track along with the lyrics.  Look at the examples of work from Picasso’s Cubist period.  Rewrite lyrics to a tune you know well.  Make sure your lyrics tell about the Cubist period like Picasso Polka does.

2.  Look at The Old Guitarist by Pablo Picasso.  Discuss what you see and what emotions the image shows.  Use props to recreate this painting, then interview the student acting as the guitarist.

3.  Use a variety of supplies (oil pastels, dry pastels, pens, pencils, colored pencils, crayons and markers) to create value scales.  Your job is to find out how to make tints and shades with these different materials.

4.  Look at the artwork examples from Picasso’s Blue Period.  Answer the discussion questions (based on subject matter, emotion, color choices, value, etc) with your team.  Keep track of what everyone shares out on a web.


5.  Discuss the definitions of abstract, non-objective and realistic with your team.  Record what you know on the sketch paper.  Then, using the objects at the station, draw a realistic and abstract drawing of the object.  Second, create a non-objective design.

After students completed these stations, they moved into the project that builds on their knowledge and experience with Picasso, value and types of art.  Watch for that project to be posted soon!

Tech Tool: Symbaloo

Cost: FREE!

What is it?
Symbaloo is a cool site that allows you to save and share collections of links in a visually interesting way.

How I am using it:
I created a Symbaloo for the art center sites that my 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students are allowed to use during center time.  I thought it would be better than the list of sites I used to have them access.  The images help them remember what the sites are!

Click the link to see the Symbaloo we use for centers:

Teacher Tips:
Create a symbaloo webmix of kid-friendly links on any topic (or find one that is already made)!

Create a symbaloo webmix of teaching sites you use frequently.

Create a symbaloo webmix of homework helper sites for your students to access from home.

If you teach olders students, have them create webmixes (Symbaloo collections) on topics they are researching or learning about.

Parent Tips:
Look for webmixes that may help your child with his/her school work.

Create a webmix of favorite home sites.

Encourage home use of webmixes made for and used at school.