It is Week Four of the Student Blogging Challenge, and we’ve been a hustling, bustling class of sixth-grade bloggers. Next week is Spring Break, so my students worked overtime this past Monday through Friday to draft several blog posts, including choosing at least one of Miss W’s listed activities. Most students, like Trang and Hannah, found themselves accumulating grains of rice on FreeRice.com. Ashley wrote about a southeast Asian holiday, and Sammy challenged us to guess a holiday celebrated in India. Emma tackled global warming and embedded a compelling Morgan Freeman-narrated video. Maggie created her own Read Local holiday.
We also backtracked into last week’s activities because we lost another day to snow. I introduced two new photo sources, Getty Images and MorgueFile. We discussed why it’s important to credit sources–and only use images we have permission to use for free on our blogs. For yesterday’s Five Minute Photo Friday assignment, students drew their writing inspiration from one of five photographs. Ramya crafted a poem based on a photo of painted hands. Abhi gave his frog-inspired post the tongue-twisting title, Ten Things Toads Think About. Clare used a smartphone pic to reflect on the drawbacks of cellphone overuse. Using the same photo, Sarah started a story about our school’s Bring Your Own Technology initiative (and she’s hoping you’ll add a sentence or two). Then there’s Patrick’s post on his family’s furry friends, inspired by a dog and cat photo.
I’m proud of the writing my students are turning out, and I can’t wait to read about their Spring Break adventures when we all return in April. Oh! We also made new blog avatars…which was quite fun on the final day of the third quarter.
Activity #3 – Visit at least five blogs from around the globe.
1. Mrs. Petsnick’s Grade 7 class in Ontatio, Canada knows how to bust a move. Her post about groovy dance moves had me chuckling out loud before sunrise today.
2. In The Learning Palace, Miss Morris presents a weekly Perseverance Cup to one of her 27 outstanding students. This week, Jaela took home the trophy for “always doing her best.” In addition to reading about Jaela’s successes, I tried out several links in Miss Morris’s sidebar and commented on three of her students’ blogs. I hope we can exchange comments with this New Zealand class soon.
3. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and my eyes were happy campers when I stopped by Mr. Lee’s Canadian classroom to see his student’s stunning animal eye portraits. If you haven’t visited Mr. Lee’s blog, go directly there now and let your eyes feast on a foursome of fine pencil drawings.
4. When I clicked on a 9th grade class blog in Honduras, I wasn’t expecting the author to be a teacher from Colorado. I like how Ashley is using the blog as a forum for her students to not only write, but to comment on one another’s writing. I’ll definitely borrow her idea for this blog.
5. I learned how students at the NRH School in Ireland celebrate “Pancake Day”. From learning about Giuseppe Arcimboldo, an Italian artist who painted fruit and vegetable portraits of humans to making their own pancake art, these students cooked up a stack of edible fun.
6. For the final stop of my international blogging tour, I returned to Mrs. Gado’s class in Hong Kong. Mrs. Gado started a worldwide conversation when she posted her avatar and asked visitors to make inferences based on how she outfitted her avatar. Since that initial exchange, Mrs. Gado and I have continued the conversation–and our students have been trading comments, too.
Activity # 7 – Add at least five international blogs to your blog roll.
I am regularly updating our blogroll to reflect the global connections we’re making with friends around the world. We’re ready for game time. If you’re a teacher or student visiting our class blog and would like us to add you to our blogroll, kindly leave us a comment with your blog URL. We’re a comment-leaving, post-drafting, world-stretching blogging classroom, and we’d love to connect with you and your students!