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.
While working with first and second-grade teachers we began blog commenting with a lesson about how our words stick to the hearts of others and our words can’t be undone. To help illustrate this point we gathered the students into a circle and we passed around an apple saying nice words to it. Then, I cut open the apple and showed the students the beautiful white meat of the apple! We compared this to the heart of a writer and discussed how our words made a positive impact on our apple.
Next, we passed around another apple, this apple had been intentionally bruised prior to the lesson. As the students passed around this apple we told the writers to say unkind things to the apple. The classroom teachers and I lead the students by saying something to the apple like, “Your writing stinks.” or “You spelled your words wrong.” Students continue by saying various unkind words and phrases to the apple. Many students found this very funny and laughed throughout the passing of apple two. When we cut open this second apple, brown spots are immediately visible and the laughs and giggles that were once uncontrollable fell silent.
The teacher and I paused for the students to process what they were seeing. After a minute students began to realize these spots were the results of their words. A class discussion was now underway. Students talked about how these unkind comments made their friends feel sad. The students who were once laughing remarked how regretful and disappointed they felt for making these comments.
After this lesson, the students were eager to comment on the blogs of their classmates and hopefully, you’ll see them on your class blogs soon!
Let’s have a conversation!
How is blog commenting going in your room? 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]gmail.com.
- If your last name begins with the letters N – Z, please email questions to Kathleen Sokolowski mrs.sokolowski[at]gmail.com.