Christmas Stories

Student’s worked hard on Christmas Stories this month. Take some time to have a look at their hard work!

Book titled 'untitled'Read this book made on StoryJumper

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Book titled 'Henry Saves Christmas!'Read this book made on StoryJumper
Book titled 'Santa's Visit'Read this book made on StoryJumper
Book titled 'Courtney's ADVENTURE WITH SANTA !'Read this book made on StoryJumper
Book titled 'Is Santa Real?'Read this book made on StoryJumper
Book titled 'The Christmas Miracle'Read this book made on StoryJumper
Book titled 'The Missing Gifts Of Ms. Slingerland's Class'Read this book made on StoryJumper
Book titled 'Henry's search to find Santa Claus!'Read this book made on StoryJumper
Book titled 'Christmas Cookie Shop'Read this book made on StoryJumper
Book titled 'Christmas is Saved'Read this book made on StoryJumper
Book titled 'Santa turns Evil'Read this book made on StoryJumper
Book titled 'The Christmas Comedian!'Read this book made on StoryJumper
Book titled 'Christmas Lesson!'Read this book made on StoryJumper
Book titled 'Last Minute'Read this book made on StoryJumper

Happy Holidays

It’s time to CELEBRATE the holidays!

This week is all about sharing your favourite holidays. My favourite holiday is Christmas. It has been my favourite holiday since I was a child. I start decorating our house with my kids November 12th. Christmas carols are on my radio station as soon as they start!

Even though I’m 35 I still spend the entire Christmas break with my family. I pack up my kids and we move for the week. We spend a a few days with my husbands side of the family. This year we are having a potluck on the 23rd and all of his family is going to come and stay at his sisters resort. After we visit there we are heading to my parents place. We will got to church Christmas Eve then have a lobster dinner once the kids are in bed. Santa comes to my parents and brings my children presents there. We spend Christmas day in our PJ’s playing games, doing crafts and watching movies. This year because my sisters can’t get home in time we will save our Turkey dinner until the 26th. My sisters will both be home for a few days and we will have more gifts and more family time. During the Christmas holidays I take time to read a book and do a puzzle. I look forward to this relaxing time every year.
Two weeks of time with my children, my husband, and my family make me feel so incredibly blessed, and I am counting down the days until the festivities begin!

YOUR TURN

Task 1: Family Celebrations

Think of all the holidays, festivals, or celebrations that are important to your family. Write a blog post about this.

  • You could make a list of your family’s celebrations with a short description for each one, or
  • You could choose one celebration to explain in more detail.

Don’t forget to include lots of information about your holiday so your readers can get a clear understanding of this special day/season.

You could include things like:

  • The time of year/date it’s celebrated.
  • What you do to celebrate? Are there special costumes, decorations, music, lights, food, prayers etc?
  • Do people give each other gifts?
  • Who is involved in the celebration? Do you visit other people or host family and friends?
  • What special memories do you have?

Task 2: Photo Spark

Often, holidays and celebrations include different decorations, food, costumes, or other objects.

Think of a celebration that’s important in your family and share a photo of something that represents that holiday.

Write a reflection to give readers an idea of the significance of this object.

Task 3: Spice Up Your Blog With Mrs. Vazquez

Your house or classroom isn’t the only place you can decorate for the holidays, why not decorate your blog?

Alethea Vazquez is a wonderful teacher who is a commenter and a past STUBC participant. She has been very busy helping us with this task.

Head to Mrs. Vazquez’s “Christmas Fun” blog to get lots of ideas for themes, backgrounds, widgets, countdowns, music, puzzles and more!

Tip: Decorating your blog is fun but make sure your visitors can still read your posts amongst all the colour and action.

If you decorate your blog, you might want to write a post about it telling others what you did. You can then submit your post in the Google Form below.

 

Week 7!

This week is a catch-up week/ Your Choice

  1. Please complete any tasks you have not finished 
  2. Choose a topic to write about this week. It MUST BE 5-6 sentences minimum.
    • OPTIONAL Pick a picture to take of yourself in front of the Green Screen to add some flair to your post
    • I really loved this picture Owen took !!!

3. Comment on at least 2 other blogs. 

Remembrance Day Art

This week the students in my class were asked to complete a Remembrance Day art piece. They had freedom to choose what they would create based on what Remembrance Day means to them. The finished pieces were really beautiful so I wanted to share. 

Week 6: SCIENCE

This is a video of the Osmosis experiment we did in class. I thought it was a really cool experiment when I watched it, even though the ‘scientists’ aren’t supper exciting to listen to. 

Task 1: Find a Science Video to Blog about. 
There are a ton of really cool science videos out there. Find one you really like and insert it into your blog. Write about the video, why you liked it, if it’s an experiment, if you have tried it etc…

Task 2: Science Research
If there is a topic in Science you wish you could learn about, and you haven’t had a chance, THIS IS IT. Do some research and write a blog about what you find. 

Remember when you are done to fill out the FORM HERE

Week 5: We are the Same… We are Different

 

Get to know your readers

Task 1: Create a survey, a series of questions, so that you can get to know your readers better. You can do this using Google Forms. 

Some ideas to get you started :

  • What are your favourite sports?
  • What fruits or vegetables do you like best?
  • What do you like to do when you get home from school?
  • What makes you happy/sad?
  • What activities do you like doing with your family?
  • Where is one place in the world you’d like to visit?
  • Anything else! 

Post this in your blog, but also visit some blogs of others you have been commenting with, and ask them to take your survey.

Task 2: Music can be a great way to get to know people. 
Choose some of your favourite music videos to include in a blog. Write about why you like them, what is it about the music or artist that you enjoy? Ask your readers to comment with their their thoughts on your videos, and also to share music videos they like. 

Task 3: Two types of people
Create a slide show. On each slide include two pictures. Ask your readers to comment on which type of person they are.

For example: Dog or Cat, Volleyball or Basketball

**Remember when you are done to complete the FORM HERE**

Week 4 Challenge!

this week the challenge is to 

 

Choose ONE of the tasks below

Task 1: Create an Emoji Guessing Game. Make a quiz for your readers: 

  • Book title
  • Movie title
  • Book/movie character
  • Food
  • Word
  • Phrase
  • Country

Task 2: Emoji Story Prompt (an idea by Tony Vincent.)

  • Go to byrdseed.com/emoji. You’ll see one random emoji on the screen.
  • Press “And then…” to add some more inspiration for your story with new emojis.
  • If you don’t like the emojis, just press “Start over”.
  • You could also choose to write your own short story using emoji’s of your choice 
    • Write your story in a blog post. INCLUDE A SCREENSHOT OF THE EMOJI’S If you prefer, you could make an audio recording or even a video using the Green Screen.
  • You could ask your visitors to finish your story in a blog comment if you like.

Task 3: EmojiTranslate (an idea by Tony Vincent.) 

  • Write out a blog post as you normally would. This could be about anything — a pet, a school event, a favourite sport. The choice is yours.
  • Copy your blog post text. Go to emojitranslate.com and paste your text in the box.
  • Some words will be replaced with pictures. If you don’t want to use some of the emojis, just re-type the word.
  • Take a screenshot of your result and add it to a blog post.
  • Ask your readers to guess what it says in a comment.

You don’t have to use EmojiTranslate. You can always just make your own post and substitute some words for emojis.

TO FIND EMOJI’S

One quick way to get Emoji’s on a Mac  hold down Control and Command and press the space bar to make an emoji picker appear.

Get Emoji . Com
Emojipedia.Org
Emojitranslate.com

DON’T FORGET TO FILL OUT THIS FORM WHEN YOU HAVE COMPLETED THE TASK

 

Week 3: WHAT? I can’t use photo’s from Google?

Did you know that most images from Google are actually copyright and you can’t use them without permission?

What is copyright you ask?

I have borrowed some words from Ronnie Burt as he is considerably more eloquent than me.
I learned from him that it is actually really easy for people to find out if people have posted their work on the web, and that some law firms are actually looking for copyright information to create more business for themselves. One good thing is that when discovered, they are required to send out a request that you remove it before they take further action.

So what can we do instead?
1. Make or take your own picture
2.Use Unsplash, Pexels,  Photo’s for Class or Creative Commons

 

Task 1 Use the sites below to create a slideshow of your interests. I have made a basic sample using pictures from Unsplash.
Unsplash

Pexels
Photos For Class

  •  

    This is a short slideshow about some of the things in my life that I love.
    Photo by Tyler Nix Upsplash

  • Basketball is my favourite sport. I have been playing since I was 9. 
    Photo by TJ Dragotta on Unsplash

  • These are my kids. They are my world. I love them more than anything.

  • This is my husband, my best friend and the most amazing dad. 

I will walk you through these steps.
Before you start.

  • Open a new Google Slide.
  • On each slide include the item you like that you will be searching for.
  • Go to Unsplash  and search for the pictures you want.
  • Download each picture, insert it into a slide and copy the photo credit to paste here as well.
  • Write a short sentence or two about why you included each picture. 

Once your slideshow is complete

  1. Go to File – Publish to the web
  2. Select Embed 
  3. Select Slide Size – Select Small 
  4. Click the box that says “Start slideshow as soon as the player loads” 
  5. Click Publish it will ask “are you sure?” Click OK
  6. Highlight the Embeded Code COPY 
  7. Go to your blog
  8. Select Add Media 
  9. Select Insert Embed Code 
  10. Paste your Embed Code 

Task 2 Make your own image and write about the program you chose to use.

WHEN YOU ARE DONE PLEASE FILL OUT THE  FORM HERE

 

Awesome Class + Challenge 2 Complete = One Proud Teacher

This week, the challenge was to come up with instructions for how to write a Quality Comment after reading someone’s blog.

I do not have the words to express how proud I am of how hard my class worked on this challenge. On day 1 they formed groups. Each group was expected to create a slide on one way to write a Quality Comment. They did such a great job with this that I wanted to push it further. After some thought, and running it past the powers that be, we decided to try out our schools Green Screen for the first time.

This was AMAZING! What an awesome experience. Our incredible SERT Ms. Kettle took a few students (shout out to Courtney, Grace and Baily), for the trial run. These three students did such a fabulous job that they then became the directors of this project, running takes, cutting takes, editing, and adding relevant images.

On top of having great directors, our actors were INCREDIBLE! They ran through what they were going to say once, then went right to recording. Each of these students worked so hard and I am so happy with the finished product. We still have some work to do, BUT for a first run, I am so incredibly proud of their hard work.

***Although not all of the students in our class are in the video, they contributed behind the scenes. ***

Please Take a look at Our Video on How to Write a Quality Blog Comment

I have also included the slideshow the students created as step 1 so that you are able to see the process they went through.

Week 2…The Challenge… QUALITY Comments

The difference between

“Cool Blog” “Awesome” “Great job!”

VERSUS

I love the videos you show on your blogs they are really beautiful and inspiring ! I love the message it gave on never giving up and always

 trying! I try to have the mind set on trying my best and making you proud Sling. How do you always find the most perfect videos to go with your blogs?

Here are ten reasons why Kathleen Morris believes comments are important:

  1. Comments turn your blog from a static space to an interactive space. This means it’s not just you talking. There is interaction.
  2. Back and forth conversations are fun and you can learn a lot.
  3. Because comments are not instantaneous (like online chat or text messaging), you can have more time to reflect, research, or think about your response.
  4. When someone leaves a comment, they can leave feedback, constructive criticism, or give you new ideas. This can help you grow and learn.
  5. A commenter might suggest something that you didn’t include in your post. You can learn new perspectives.
  6. When you have an authentic (real) audience, it’s more motivating! You know someone will read your post, so you will probably put more effort into it than if you were just writing something in a notebook.
  7. Commenting can be an ideal way for busy parents to get involved in the classroom.
  8. You can learn how to interact politely and how to have conversations.
  9. You can meet new people and form friendships.
  10. Students who don’t have their own blogs can enjoy the benefits of blogging by being a participant in the comment section.

I absolutely LOVED how Mrs. Vazquez made a commenting poster using Thinglink. If you hover over the blue circles you’ll find more information! (We definitely need to try this out!)

Timeline guidelines to help and keep you on track

Monday & Tuesday:
Create Commenting guidelines in partners or on your own, you can use a video, Screencastify, a poster a webpage or your own idea!
Post your guidelines to your page

Wednesday: Comment on AT LEAST 2 other blogs.

Thursday: Write a post about your experience. Why you chose the blogs you did to comment on, what your comment was about, if you heard back from the other blogger share that experience etc…

When you have completed the tasks remember to complete the FORM HERE!