Blogging Party #3!

We enjoyed our third blogging party this week as a result of our hard work all year.  Most students reached the 100 visitor mark on their student blogs.  Congratulations to Anthony Einhorn who received a shout out from the Student Blogging Challenge for having a Great Blogging Post.  You can read his post by clicking on the preceding link. 

In celebration of everyone’s accomplishments, we watched Night at the Museum with our own concession stand.  Afterwards, Mrs. Chonody, whom we met when she began commenting regularly on our blog, spoke to us about her travels around the world.  Her visit was so wonderful as it perfectly exemplified the goal of blogging to “flatten classroom walls”.  We learned of her adventures in Pakistan, India, Africa, and most recently the Vatican.  She shared many artifacts with us and also some delicious food!


Question for our class: What do you remember from Mrs. Chonody’s presentation?

Question for our blogging buddies and for our class: What country have you visited or would you like to visit?  What makes that country interesting to visit?


Mrs. Chonody Rocks on PhotoPeach

Highlights of the Year

A highlight of the year: exchanging comments with Graham Salisbury, author of Under the Blood Red Sun, and movie producer Dana Hankins.

A highlight of the year: exchanging comments with Graham Salisbury, author of Under the Blood Red Sun, and movie producer Dana Hankins.

         Hey Kids!   The year is almost over. On Wednesday we’ll celebrate with our third blogging party to mark 100 visitors on all the students’ blogs.  We’ll finally connect with our #1 Blogging Buddy, Mrs. Chonody, who will regale us with tales of her travels.  Another highlight of the year was making contact with Dana Hankins, the producer of the Under the Blood-Red Sun movie, and then with author, Graham Salisbury.  I also appreciate all the posts, comments, and Skypes we shared with Ms. Smith and her Huzzahnians, almost half-way across the world in British Columbia, Canada.   Look through some of our older posts, pictures, and videos. What was the highlight of language arts for you this year?  

Literary Tea Party

One of our language arts traditions is to celebrate the end of our academic year with a Literary Tea Party. Each student chooses a character from a book we have read and comes to class in costume. Some of us share refreshments that were mentioned in the stories. Characters who came to tea this year were from the novels: Under the Blood Red Sun, by Graham Salisbury (currently in the process of being made into a movie for release in April 2014); Elijah of Buxton, by Christopher Paul Curtis; The Shakespeare Stealer, by Gary Blackwood; Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix; and Freak the Mighty, by Rodman Philbrick. Guests also included characters from adaptations of Henry IV and Romeo and Juliet, by, of course, William Shakespeare.  

If you could be any character in a book, whom would you choose and why?

Literary Tea Party on PhotoPeach

Week 9: Student Blogging Challenge

Hey Kids!

The goal of this week’s Student Blogging Challenge is to visit new blogs thereby increasing your global connections.   How fun!   Please follow the directions for game one or game two.  If time permits, feel free to work on any student blogging challenges you have not yet completed.  Enjoy!

Photo Credit: Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the BPL via Compfight cc
Imperial Federation, map of the world showing the extent of the British Empire in 1886