Welcome to the April 2021 Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge!
If you haven’t signed up yet, please share your class’ blog information on the Padlet.
Click here for more information on what the Classroom Slice of Life Challenge is all about!
The April Classroom SOLSC begins on Thursday, April 1 and runs through Friday, April 30th. Many of us are on spring break this week and others will take spring break during April. State testing may be happening in your school during April as well. The spirit of the Classroom SOLSC is to encourage daily free choice writing within a community of writers, but make this work for you and your writers in a flexible way. I set my third graders up to start the challenge this week, even though we are on break and won’t return to school until April 6th. I’m hoping some of my writers will start the challenge during the break but I know others will join in once w are back at school.
I created a video to explain the challenge to the families in my class:
I’ve also updated the badges I will award to students during the April Classroom SOLSC. Feel free to use the badges with your students too! If you would like to read more about how I’ve used badges during the challenge, you can check out this post and some updated badges here.
While our challenge emphasizes telling stories about a “slice of life”, students may find inspiration and connection from photographs and videos. The Kids Should See This has a collection of interesting videos that might inspire your writers. National Geographic Kids has some Wacky Weekend animal photographs that might inspire curiosity, wonder and story telling. Beth Moore’s recent post on using humor in writing workshop included tons of inspiration for finding the lighter side, including writing memes and jokes.
Let’s Have a Conversation!
How are you launching the April Classroom SOLSC? How did you get your students excited for this month of blogging? How has your own March SOLSC influenced and inspired how you will approach this challenge with your students? Please share your ideas, insights and questions in the comments so we can have a conversation.
Can’t wait to read the stories of the many students around the world who will be taking part in the April Classroom SOLSC! Thanks for being a teacher who writes and makes time for your students to write their stories.