Mrs. Campagna's Class

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Special Olympics and Making Connections

on September 22, 2015

The last few weeks during Reading, we have talked a lot about making connections. We have talked about text to text, text to self, and text to world connections. Why do we do this? How does making connections make you a stronger reader?

It is time to start making connections around the world! Your job this week is to comment on this blog using good, strong comments.

Think about the story we read about the Special Olympics and watch the video below. HowΒ are youΒ similar to the young people that participate in the Special Olympics? How it must feel to train for these events? Think about the challenges these Olympians have faced. Visit this link to see a video about Susie Doyen. Can you make any connections to her feelings or experience? Write a comment about your thoughts!

Remember to use C.U.P.S., use an address like “Dear Class,” or “Hello Friends,” and end with a closing such as “Love, Mrs. C.” or “Your Friend, Sevey”.

32 Responses to “Special Olympics and Making Connections”

  1. kylee says:

    One of the connections is when I stared first grad I was in a new school and I did not know anybody but I met Laila and that when I stared talking to people.

    • Dear Kylee,

      Wow! So you can really understand how someone might feel when they are new to something and afraid to share their thoughts and ideas. I can imagine moving to a new school was very difficult. Isn’t it interesting also how you mentioned that after you met Laila you started to come out of your shell? This tells me that it only takes one person sometimes to make a difference in the life of another. This is a good lesson to learn when we see someone who is having difficulty or someone who is new or someone who has special needs. Thanks for sharing!
      Mrs. C.

  2. ava says:

    in this video its sad for a kid to be scared to speak and be a fright for kids to laght at him am glad he is in the spelice Olympic last year owen yohanna sarha and jakup whet to the spelice Olympic.


    • Dear Ava,

      I’m glad you can understand how difficult this might be and how Susie might have felt. Can you think of a time when you were afraid to speak or share your ideas? Can you think of a time when someone made fun of you? We’d like to hear your connections.

      Mrs. C.

  3. avery says:

    Dear mrs C.
    He was scared and he could not talk that well and if i could talk that well i wold be scare and he would be scare to talk to people because he was be scare if people would make in front of his words but then he went to special olympics he meet new friends and he play golf and then he talk a lot now. it was a hole new wold for him.
    love avery

  4. sherley says:

    Dear Mrs. Campangna,

    It is very that if you say something and you mess up everybody will laugh at you.Imagine if you could not talk at all how would you feel. I would feel really sad because you have something to say but you can’t get it out you can’t say it.


  5. Reagan says:

    Dear Mrs. C,
    That is a great video for special needs.
    It was sad that he didn’t know how to speak to other kids, especially when he was nervous, scared and more. That is very sad.


  6. darth sk8r says:

    Dear mrs. Campagna,
    My connection was when the boy played golf because I have played golf to.

    Bye bye

  7. Anna says:

    Dear Miss Campagna my connection is that my papa plays golf like the boy. con amor Anna

  8. Jack says:

    Dear Mrs. C I liked the video of the special olympics. My connection is I like golf and the other person likes golf to. From Jack

  9. lailal says:

    Dear Mrs. Campagna’s class,

    Making connections makes me a stronger reader because I can relate to the story and understand it better. I am similar because in the video it said that they perform in front of a lot of people. In dance I perform in front of people doing lots of activities. It must be hard for them to train because they have to do things differently from other people.

    In the video she found something she liked and became good at it it was golf. That happened to me to but with dance.


  10. madison says:

    Dear Mrs.campanga
    I think Susie felt scared and sad because kids would make fun of her when she said something wrong. I have a connection to her life is… when I fist started playing soccer
    I was trying to give it my best shot and I got a goal. If I where to meet Susie Doyen I would be happy and be friends with her.

  11. Jada says:

    Dear Mrs. Campagna,

    It must be hard to not be able to talk. Susie must have felt scared and sad. She is lucky she learned to talk. If I had to go through that I would feel the same. She must have to face golf, a lot of work, running,and big crowds cheering. She is very brave.

    Love, Jada

  12. Nate hrabnicky says:

    Dear Mrs. C
    I learned that you never laugh at anybody with a special needs because they would feel bad.


  13. Marise says:

    Dear Mrs. C.
    Just like Susie I too was afraid that If I said something wrong that someone would laugh at me.
    Love, Marise

  14. Nick Rossini says:


    My connection is that when I was in kindergarden I didn’t have any friends and I had to make some from fitting in and I didn’t know how here I am. It’s hard to live like that it makes you feel likeπŸ˜±πŸ˜±πŸ˜±πŸ˜±πŸ˜ΌπŸ˜ΏπŸ˜ΏπŸ™€πŸ™€πŸ™€πŸ™€ and you don’t want that.
    Con Amor

  15. lizzye says:

    Dear Mrs.Campagna,
    I’m on a team and they might be on a team. I think they practice and I practice. They might be scared and worried.
    Con amor,

  16. dante says:

    Dear Mrs Campagna

    That video reminds me of whenever it is a new school year when I don’t know most of the people and I am silent the first few days.

    con amor

  17. b-dog says:

    The video tohuth me because I did not no people bulled those kind of people that was a toten video.

  18. damins says:

    Dear Campagna,
    When I play golf it makes me fell happy.And when it is a new school year I fell scared.

    con amor

  19. Brennan says:

    Dear Mrs. C,

    The video touched me because it was nice for them to put together a special Olympics. It reminds me of when I was moved to a new school in Virginia and I felt nervous on the first day.


  20. sofia says:

    Dear Mrs.campangna
    I love the video it is sad and happy at the same time. I would cry but I didn’t want to because I’m at school.
    Con amore,
    P.S. It would be happy tears.

  21. nate says:

    Dear B-dog]

    I love the video it is great.


  22. Owen says:

    Dear Mrs. C,

    I have participated in special olympics for 2 years. I am very proud of my ribbons. It is hard when you can not express yourself.

    Owen N

  23. reagan says:

    dear nick
    was that a good video I thought that it was kind of sad. but when she made friend it was happy. Nick do you know if we can go on are blogs?

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