3rd Grade DiffiMooc Page

This page is dedicated to providing resources/ links and lesson plans to help aid in providing rich Technology within a 3rd grade classroom.

Student Self Assessment (students)


Technology can be a great tool in assessing student's learning. Below are a few tools in which teachers can use within their own classroom to help aid in collecting this data.

  • ePortfolios. ePortfolios is an online based collection of work that students submits that is used to demonstrate students learning. ePortfolios can be used to serve as a record of students work over time, as well as provide a space for students to reflect on their own learning, or to showcase their best work.
  • Student response systems.Blogs. A blog is a great tool that students can use to help aid is self-assessment and reflection. Asking students to answer an essential question based on what is currently being learned, can help students reflect on what they know, and the gaps that still need to be filled. It also provides the teacher a way to gauge where each student is at in the given topic and adjust their teachings accordingly.
    • Clickers: There are several student response systems out there that can be used to provide immediate feedback on the success of a lesson. One type of tool is something often referred as a 'clicker' These are wireless systems that students input responses on, which then in turn populate on the screen at the front of the room (such as SMART response).
    • Another one, which is web-based is a site called: Socrative. This site is a perfect substitute for those schools who do not wish to invest monies into actual clickers. On this site educators can create multiple choice, true or false, or short response questions that students can respond to.

Lesson Plan:

Tracking/Setting Goals (students)

Providing students an avenue to be involved in their own goal setting and tracking can be a useful tool within the classroom. Several online programs and apps exist in order to aid in this. Below are a few programs that could be useful within a 3rd grade classroom.


  • AIMSWebExcellent site for tracking students reading fluency. Use for quarterly testing as well as weekly progress monitoring.

  • IXL Math- IXL is an exciting and an enjoyable program located on the internet. It allows for teachers and parents to monitor students progress throughout each of the Core Math Standards. Through games and practice questions students are able to see what standard they mastered, and which ones they need additional work on. It provides a way for students to track their own progress while having fun doing it. *This is a fantastic program that I use within my own classroom. If you're interested, i strongly suggest you check out the "1 Month Free" trial IXL offers.
  • XtraMathfree site that can be set up for your students to practice math fact fluency. Practice can be done both at school and at home, and progress can be emailed to teacher.
  • Aleks Mathfun and exciting site for students to use in math. Can be used for both intervention and well as extension. Requires a subscription purchase for use.

Lesson Plan:

Lesson: Setting and Tracking Student Goals for Reading and Math.
  • Teach students how to set personal goals for their reading and math fluency and progress.
  • Teach students how to track goals set by them.
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making

Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources. Students:

identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation.
plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.
collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions.
use multiple processes and diverse perspectives to explore alternative solutions.

Procedure for teacher:
  1. 1. Provide students with a survey to determine their interest level and feelings about both reading and math. Use a survey creation site such as Survey Monkey.
  2. 2. Collect student responses and share results with each student individually.
  3. 3. Collect data for reading and math using district assessments.
    1. a. AIMSWeb
    2. b. MAP
    3. c. Initial Program Assessments from reading and math programs used.
    4. 4. Set up websites for students to sue to track progress in reading and math fluency.
      1. a. Lexia
      2. b. Read Naturally
      3. c. IXL
      4. d. XtraMath
      5. e. Aleks
      6. 5. Provide students with opportunities to practice skills and track progress in subject areas.
Procedure for student:
  1. 1. Complete surveys provided by teacher. This will help give an initial idea of how you the student feels about the subjects. It will also help the teacher to tailor their instruction to meet your needs better.
  2. 2. Conference with teacher to discuss results of surveys and data from assessments.
  3. 3. Work with teacher to establish a goal for increasing reading and math fluency. Discuss needs that will assist in goal achievement.
  4. 4. Use assigned websites daily/weekly as assigned to increase progress.
  5. 5. Meet with teacher weekly to discuss progress and if changes need to be made.
  6. 6. Remain positive and engaged in learning to achieve success.

Identifying Student Differences (teachers)


Variety of tools that teachers can use to determine students strength, and differences. Choose from the following list:
  • Survey Monkey: Allows teacher to create and administer a vairety of surveys to students in any subject area. Teachers can determine interest level in a subject as well as a students strengths and weaknesses in the given subject area.
  • Student Learning Survey: Gives a basic lesson plan that can be used in all grade levels. Links to surveys for learning styles and multiple itelligence surveys.
  • Learning Styles Self-assessment: Allows student to complete a survey to find their own style. Great for teacher to do as well to help them understand how they may differ from their students.

Using SMARTboard clickers in the classroom.
Results form 3rd grade interest poll: 12 students
Favorite subject: 4 Reading, 5 Math, 3 Science
Favorite Color: 2 Red, 3 Blue, 2 Green, 1 Pink, 1 Purple, 2 yellow, 1 orange
Favorite Sport: 9 Basketball, 1 wrestling, 2 skiing
Favorite Snack: 10 Hot chips, 2 Doritos
Favorite Summer activity:, 3 Fishing, 6 playing "out", 3 going to camp

Use results to show students how we are different. Give teacher insight into class interests and way to connect with students.

Formative Assessments (teachers)


There are several tools that an educator can use for formative assessment. The key to successfully conducting formative assessments is to assure that you use the results compiled to adjust instruction. Some examples of formative assessment is as follows:
    • Observations
    • Discussions
    • Exit Slips
    • Admit slips
    • Graphic organizers
    • Self Assessments
    • Practice Presentations
    • Individual Whiteboards
    • Response cards
    • Quizzes
    • Think-Pair-Share
Technology Tools to help with these forms of Assessments:

  • Smart Response Clickers
  • Socrativeis a technology student response system. Teachers can create self-paced (or time limited) quizzes, exit tickets, quizzes, games. This program also allows for teachers use of a stand alone formative assessment through multiple-choice, true/false, or short answer questions. Students are able to respond to questions through the use of computers, tablets or phones
  • Wallwisher is an internet based response program. This programs is great for an entry task/exit ticket. Teacher poses a questions/link/video on a 'wall' and ask students to then post their responses on 'stickies'. Stickies can contain text, pictures, videos or links.

Lesson Plan:

Teacher Standards:
Model digital age work and learning
a.) Demonstrate fluency in technology systems and the transfer of current knowledge to new technologies and situations.
c.) Communicate relevant information and ideas effectively to students, parents, and peers using a variety of digital age media and format.
Design and Develop Digital Age Learning Experiences and Assessments
a.)Designe and adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools ad resources to promote students learning and creativity.
d.) Provide students with multiple and varied formative and summative assessments aligned with content and technology standards and use resulting data to inform learning and teaching

Student standards:
Communication and collaboration
a.) Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.

Lesson Plan Using Word and Evernote :

  • Teacher creates a writing assignment appropriate for their class
  • When finished with the draft. Students will save their completed work to their writing folder in Evernote.
  • Students will work in pairs to assess each other’s writing using peer editing.
  • When done evaluating the writing students will return the writing to the appropriate folder
  • Students will then return to their original writing that has been edited to make the appropriate alterations.
  • The student would then use the teacher provided rubric to assess their finished product.
  • Then save the file to their Evernote folder
  • Teacher will assess the final product and return more feedback

Summative Assessments (teachers)


  • Edmodo Online resource to give assignments, assessments, and feedback
  • Evernote Online resource to compile student data, as well as teacher data with many uses
  • AimsWeb
  • DART
  • Gradebook (online management system)
  • Spreadsheet
  • Paper rubrics

Lesson Plan:

Teacher Standards: Model digital age work and learning
a.) Demonstrate fluency in technology systems and the transfer of current knowledge to new technologies and situations.
c.) Communicate relevant information and ideas effectively to students, parents, and peers using a variety of digital age media and formats

Student standards: Communication and collaboration
a.) Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.

Lesson Plan Using Evernote:

Teacher creates a writing assessment appropriate for their class
Teacher creates a rubric for assessment and posts it to Evernote
Students will be given a writing prompt for an assessment to complete on the computer.
When completed they will reference the specific rubric and give themselves a grade.
When finished Students will save their completed work with rubric score to their writing folder.
Teacher will assess the student work and rubric results. When the teacher is finished the assignment will be saved to the students folder with the teacher evaluation and final grade.
Student will review the final grade in their Evernote folder.


When finished students can review their goals. If they need to they can reset the parameters of their goals.