SOLSC Classroom Challenge

Classroom SOLSC: Blogging into Week 2

Welcome to the April Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge!

We are so glad you and your students are here to take on this blogging challenge for the month of April. If you haven’t already signed up on the Padlet, please share who you are and where your class is blogging from:

Please use the Padlet to support other classes that are blogging during the Classroom SOLSC. Much like we ask our educator bloggers to comment on three slices each day in the March SOLSC, we hope that our Classroom SOLSC educators will support students bloggers from other classes. We also invite our Slice of Life community to read and comment on student blog posts during April.

Be Inspired!

Sometimes a short video can inspire student writers and start conversations. Christine Hertz has started a fabulous collection of mindset ideas and videos where I found this video called “The Greatest”. It features a little boy who believes he is the world’s best hitter until he keeps missing the ball…then he has a new revelation! I plan to show this to my third grade bloggers who will be drawn in by baseball.

This week I shared some ideas that I am trying in my classroom for the April SOLSC! If you missed it, click here.

Let’s have a conversation! 

How do you keep enthusiasm going in the second week of blogging? Please share your ideas in the comments.


If you have questions about the Classroom Challenge, you may contact one of these co-authors:

  • If your last name begins with the letters A – M, please email questions to DebFrazier4[at]
  • If your last name begins with the letters N – Z, please email questions to Kathleen Sokolowski mrs.sokolowski[at]

3 thoughts on “Classroom SOLSC: Blogging into Week 2

  1. Thanks to your encouragement in an earlier Classroom SOLSC post, I decided to give badges a try this year—even though I only have a peripheral understanding of the concept of badges. 😂 I borrowed some of your badges out right, revised a couple, and created a few to encourage behaviors I’m hoping to see. For the “Silver Sentence” and “Powerful Slice” badges, I gave students the opportunity to nominate one another. Students must cite the precise sentence or post they are nominating in the weekly SOLSC (Google) form I am having them complete to help me track their progress. I’m glad to report that all sentences/posts nominated this week were nominated on their own merits, not because they were the sentences/posts of a buddy.

    I didn’t quite know how I would manage the badges until today. I had visions of being buried at the end of April with an unmanageable mess. Today I decided to award badges weekly to make it more manageable and to keep the momentum going. Since we are using Kidblogs, I wrote a quick post congratulating each student who earned badges and included the badges in the post. The student in the example I’m linking was one of the most active participants during the first week.

    I hope seeing these posts will encourage even more students to post and comment during week two.


    1. Silver Sentence and Powerful Slice are brilliant!! I must add them into my lineup! I love the way that focuses kids on the writing. Your badges look beautiful!!

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