Our Blogging Challenge

Edublogs student blogging challenge begins in March! We have been busy readying our NEW blogs for a global audience. We planned on using our 21Classes blogs (Techkids Blogging Community), but not everyone was able to comment.  Children and classes from all over he world are participating! So, we switched to Edublog Blogs!  Check out our new blogs using the links in the right sidebar.


Amanda and Katarina‘s posts have both been visited by participating teachers . . . Mrs. Fennemore from Newfoundland, Canada and Mr. Wolfe from Birmingham, Alabama have left comments on their blogs!!!  Our class blog, Looking Glass,  has been visited by Mrs. Docherty from the UK and Room 15 from New Zealand.  Mrs. Burnette’s Class in Auckland, New Zealand has asked us to be blogging buddies.  This is a great way to develop our blogging skills and have an authentic audience!

Our new blogs are now public and that means YOU can also read and comment on student blogs.  I encourage you to visit and comment as you are able.  When we know we have an audience reading our work, we write and proofread more carefully.

Do Polar Bears Live with Penguins?

This has been the focus of our work this week in social studies!  We are learning about the arctic. Student began the week drawing a picture of the arctic. Our drawings were filled with falling snow, penguins and polar bears, beautiful mountains, and of course, igloos! I used the Prezi below to help them clear up their misconceptions.

Generally kids had the following misconceptions:

  • Penguins and polar bears both live in the arctic . . . Penguins live in Antarctica and polar bears live in the arctic.
  • It snows a lot in the arctic . . . Actually both poles are deserts!  They receive less than 10 inches of precipitation each year.
  • The arctic is on land . . . Most of the arctic is ice covering an ocean and Antarctica is on land.

We will continue learning about these regions comparing the climate, land, animals and plants of these regions to other regions around the world (rain forest, Vermont and England).  Have your child share the presentation below with you . . . you will be amazed at how much they have learned already!  Ask them to point out the misconceptions they had prior to watching the presentation.