Mrs. Campagna's Class

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Blogging Challenge #3! Adding Images




My new laptop: Black Asus EEE PC Nathanael Coyne via Compfight

Think back to when Mrs. Martin visited our class. Do you remember what she said about adding images to your blogs?  She emphasized that adding images to your blogs makes them 80% more likely to be read!! Wow!

This week’s blogging challenge centers around safely and responsibly adding images to your blog.  What do you think I mean by safely and responsibly?

By safely , I mean that you need to be adding images that do not reveal any personal information about you that is not safe to share on the web.

By responsibly  I mean two things: 1) That you are not sharing any images of people who may not want their images shown and that you are generally being kind and conscientious to those you may blog about.  2) That you are sharing images that are ALLOWED to be shared.

Let’s talk more about that!

One way we are going to learn to share images responsibly is to understand that not all images shown on the internet are yours to use for free! We learned about this in Digital Passport also!

This week, we added the PLUGIN “Compfight” to our blogs so that we can try to use these plugin to add images responsibly. 

Use this plugin to help you complete your challenge for this week. The other option is to add your own personal images.

Now, for the challenge!  There are two parts!!!

Part 1: Choose one of the two options below to blog about:

Write a post about a favorite time with your family.

Include an image using the COMPFIGHT plugin or a personal image from home.  If using an actual image of your own family, you need permission from your parents and everyone shown in the image. Make sure you mention in the post that you have permission to use this and that it is copyright to your family so no one else may use it without your family’s permission.

Write a post about your parents or grandparents

You could interview your parents or grandparents and find out more about their life growing up- maybe even as a 3rd grader!   Find an image of something that was happening in the world during that person’s lifetime. Remember to give credit!


Part 2: Widget Crazy!

I know many of us have gone crazy with our widgets. Check out this post with a list of 42 different widgets!  Try to add a new widget on your blog (Mrs. C. can help you do this!)  and write a post about it! 



“She in the Cle’s” Mrs. Martin Visits Room 815!

mrs martin and classToday we had a very special visitor come to our classroom!  Mrs. Martin from She in the Cle, a Cleveland blog inspired by women and contributed to by women came to our classroom to speak about the power of blogging, blogging inspiration and ways we can become stronger bloggers.  We learned so much!

Some of the ideas that Mrs. Martin shared and that we discussed after she left where about 3 ways or reasons people blog. She said that people blog about:

1. something they know a great deal about and want to share that information with the world

2. Something they are passionate about (whether it is something they love or don’t love)

3. Something they want to change

She told us many ways that she gathers inspiration for her blog posts, and let us know that she reads up to 70 blogs a day!! She also spends about 2 hours a day working on her blog. We had a good discussion about how if we want to improve in anything we have to practice and in blogging this means visiting other blogs and working hard on ours!

Mrs. Martin also talked about the importance of adding a “Call to Action” to your blogs. This means asking your readers to do something or think deeply about what you have said in your post.  Remember that bloggers can inspire others and can change they way people view new ideas!

Mrs. Martin picture one Mrs. Martin picture two

Mrs. Martin told us some really neat facts such as adding images to your blog makes people 80% more likely to read it and that lists are one of the most widely read topics on blogs (I never knew this!).

We talked about how words are POWERFUL and that with that POWER comes a great RESPONSIBILTY .   I would love to see some comments below about what you think this means. What does it mean that words are powerful? What does it mean that we have a responsibility when we are blogging?  Comment below with your ideas!

Also, visit these student blogs to see what they had to say about Mrs. Martin’s visit (more to come later!) :





Blogging Challenge 2: Commenting!


One of the first things we learned about in blogging was how to write quality comments. We are still practicing writing strong comments !  Here are some guidelines that we discussed about writing strong comments:

  • Use a friendly letter format (greeting, body, closing)
  • Read the post carefully before you comment.
  • Add some new information or make a connection to what the blogger is talking about!
  • give a compliment!
  • Ask questions to keep the conversation going!
  • Check your comment before you publish it for C.U.P.S.

Every time you write a comment, try to include these elements!

For our 2nd Blogging Challenge, your task has 2 parts. Follow along carefully to complete the WHOLE  challenge!

Part One:

1. Follow this link to see the list of other students participating in the Student Blogging Challenge.

2. Find 3 people that you have something in common with and comment on their blogs!

3. Remember to add your blog address (URL) to the end of your comment so that your new friend can reply to the comment you made by visiting YOUR blog!  For example, I would add  after the closing of my comment.


Dear Student,

What a nice job you did on your post! I loved the way you checked for CUPS! I wonder what you did after this event? I can’t wait to hear more!

Mrs. C.

Part Two:

Write a post on your blog about how to write good comments!  Please title this post: “Blogging Challenge 2: Comments” so that I can easily find it! 




Writing Strong Comments

One place that we like to start when learning how to blog in Room 815 is learning how to write strong comments. This is our first lesson on how what we write is written to a global audience and so we always want to make sure we are doing our best work. We also want to make sure that we are not oversharing.  We begin by writing comments and when we feel confident, we will know we are ready for our OWN BLOGS!!!  Watch the video below by Mrs. Yollis class. Your job is to write a comment below and include two things you learned about commenting from watching the video or from our discussions in class. I can’t wait to see all of our ideas combined!


Create a Persuasive Voki

Glitter Text Generator

We have been learning about Author’s purpose: why authors write the types of stories, articles, essay that they write. You have been practicing writing entertaining, persuasive, and informational stories. You know that informational stories should just be facts, no opinions here! Entertaining stories can be funny, silly, interesting, scary, surprising, etc. Persuasive writing has been the most challenging. You have to not only talk about a topic, but you have to add some facts and some opinions in order to persuade your reader to think or do what you want them to.

Here is your challenge, but read all of the directions before you begin! Your job is to create a Voki that persuades your visitors to read a certain book you are currently really excited about.

1. Create a free Voki using this site:

2. Choose your body, face, hair, clothes and more to create your own Voki, but be aware, there are only some options available for free. The realistic looking faces typically cost money.

3. Add your voice to your Voki, either by talking into your computer’s microphone, or type what you want to say and it will use a computer voice. You do this by clicking on the keyboard button or the microphone button.

You must be persuasive! Tell the title of the book, the genre and then make it sound like the most fascinating book anyone could ever read. You want friends around the world to want to read this book after they see your post!

4. Click “Publish” below your new Voki when you are done. They may ask for a email and password. The email is our class’: and the password is PASSWORD.

5. Now you have a code just like you did for your Cluster Map and Class Pet. This time, copy the code (long list of letters and symbols) and paste it into a NEW POST on your blog.

If you have trouble, write a comment here and I will try to help!

Have fun! I can’t wait to see which books I will be persuaded to read!


Let’s Make Avatars!

It is time to make your own avatars! Avatars are characters that represent you on the web, and show up next to your name when you comment on a blog. A fun website that I found where you can create your very own wild avatar is called “Build Your Wild Self”. Read these directions before you begin:

1. Click on the link below.

2. Primero, create your human self.

3. Segundo, add eyes, mouth and hair!

4. Tercero, begin to add or change you clothes, add wings, a tail, or horns! Anything you like to make it all your own.

5. Finalmente, when you are done, save your avatar by clicking “save as” and then name your avatar with your first name and “avatar” . For example ; Mrs. Campagna avatar.

Have fun!