Mrs. Campagna's Class

A mind is like a parachute, it only works when open. -Frank Zappa

Blogging Challenge 1: Creating an Avatar!

Yesterday our students had an opportunity to experiment with our first blogging challenge. Today we reviewed how they could successfully add an avatar to their blog.  See the video below to follow the steps we took using the site BUILD YOUR WILD SELF.  We had so much fun today creating and experimenting with different avatars to represent ourselves online!

How to Build and Add Your Avatar on PhotoPeach

This is the FIRST PART to your blogging challenge.  Here is part two:

By next Tuesday, each student should have created an avatar to represent themselves online.  Now, your job is to choose two family members and create an avatar for each of them!  Think hard about which avatar site you want to use and how you think these people should be represented!  Once you have created these avatars and saved them, write a post to describe the person and why you chose the avatar you did.  Answer these questions:

1. Who did you choose to create an avatar for and why?

2. What inspired the details of the avatar and how do they relate to the real person?

Here are a list of different avatar building sites you can experiment with.  Have fun and we can’t wait to see and share all of your beautiful (or weird?!) creations!

Creating your avatar  (from the Edublogs site)

Most schools don’t allow students to use photos of themselves on blogs and get their students  to create avatars that is representative of them.

Here are just some of the online tools you can use to create avatars:

  1. Build your wild self
  2. DoppelMe
  3. Dream Avatar creator
  4. Mini-mizer – lego avatar
  5. The Hero Factory  hero avatar
  6. Mr PicassoHead
  7. Simpsons Avatar
  8. WeeMee
  9. Wimp yourself

Some students draw their avatars then take a photo of the drawing to use for their avatars.

Once you’ve created the avatar you can save the avatar by either:

  1. Right click on the avatar and select “Save Image as” or “Save Picture as” to save a copy on your computer
  2. Take a screenshot of your image (use the Snipping Tool or PrnScrn)



Student Blogging Challenge 2015!

This week we will begin completing our Edublogs Student Blogging Challenges!  The Edublogs Student Blogging Challenge 2015 is a really neat way to challenge yourself to learn something new about blogging every week. This gives us practice not just in our technological skills, but in our reading, writing and research skills!  Not only that, but this is a fantastic way to meet students in your age group or grade from AROUND THE WORLD! Before we can begin completing the challenges though, we need to register for the SBC 2015 by filling out the form on this page .  Once you have filled out the form , in the next day or two, you should be able to visit the site again and see your name in the list under the tab called OCTOBER 2015 STUDENTS on the top of the page.

blog challenge photo

As soon as you have registered, click here to find out what your first challenge is.  I will give you a hint! There is some reading involved, and then you will have an opportunity to make your very own avatar !!! Make sure you carefully read the post though, so that you can follow the instructions more easily!

Have fun and happy blogging!


How to Edit a Page your Blog

Hi Students!  Today we learned how to add a PAGE to our blogs!  Below is a video reminding you of how you can go in and change or edit your pages. Be sure to UPDATE with any changes you make!  Have fun!

How to Edit A Page on Your Blog on PhotoPeach


So Many Firsts!

           We had many firsts today!  We had our first Bank Day and our first Rock Star Party!  We also watched our first Newsdepth!  Whew! What a busy day!

In our classroom our Rock Star system is one of the many things that make our classroom special.  The students work very hard every day to be their best and think often about how they can go above and beyond, do more and try harder.  We have had so many Rock Stars already this month and it is only our first month!  We may even have the entire class at the Rock Star Party next month! Wow!  Here are some photos from today’s party to celebrate our September Rock Stars!  The theme was a cupcake decorating party 🙂

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Today was also our first Bank Day!  Bank Day happens once a month and this is a time for us to enter all of our information and money ; paychecks, fines, Bonus Bucks, and Rent, all into our Bank Books (ledgers). In our class the students learn how to budget and plan about saving and spending their money. They also practice multiple digit addition and subtraction while learning how to enter deposits and withdraws into their banking ledgers. We even learn how to write checks!! So many life lessons and we are only 8 and 9 years old!  See the photos below and a special thanks to all of the parent helpers for this Bank Day: Mrs. Laki, Mrs. Coughanour, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis, Mrs. Flynn, and Mrs. Prugar! We couldn’t have done it without you!

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Lastly, we watched our first Newsdepth. Newsdepth is a special news program for students.  They talk about all the current events in the world, our country and even in Ohio!  We learn about various professions, Science, Social Studies, Geography, Math and so much more from watching Newsdepth. Here is the link to this week’s show if you want to share it with your friends and family!  Don’t forget to find the link on the web page that says “Petting Zoo”  to see all the entertaining animal videos!



Special Olympics and Making Connections

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. How are you 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”.


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!


Cause and Effect with A Bad Case of Stripes


Last week we finished our Cause and Effect project using the book A Bad Case of Stripes!  The students did a wonderful job identifying various causes and effect in the story and then coloring Camilla’s head to show one of those examples.  Each student had to identify a cause and it’s effect and then create a sentence about this cause and effect using one of our signal words.  That was challenging!!  For homework , all students should comment below and share what they know about cause and effect. What it cause and effect? Why is it important, not just in 3rd grade , but in our everyday life?  What were some examples of causes and effects in A Bad Case of Stripes?  What are some of the signal words, or key words that we learned about?

Choose a few of the questions above to answer and write them in the comments below! I can’t wait to see what ideas we can share!

Here are some photos of our finished work!

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Political and Physical Maps

The students and I have begun learning about Geography in our class. We began by learning about the Compass Rose. I wonder if our students remember what each of the letters below stand for?  If you remember, make sure to include it in your comments below! 

compassToday we introduced two different types of maps.  In third grade, students need to be able to understand the difference between physical and political maps.  Look at the two maps below.  Which one is which?  Use the letters below each picture to tell the world what you know about physical and political maps!  Try to tell what type of map  picture A is and what picture B is and add a few details about each!  I can’t wait to see what you have to say! 



Map   A                                                                           Map B



Bridges Math Program

IMG_6115 IMG_6114 IMG_6113 IMG_6112 IMG_6111We have already gotten so engaged by our new Bridges Math program!  First we learned a few games to help us practice our math facts and number sense (how numbers go together) and just last week began engaging in Number Corner and our Bridges Math Lessons!  The students LOVE  the number corner and have so many good observations and ideas to share. For my students who are commenting below, what is your favorite part of our Bridges Math program so far and why? Is it the workplaces, the number rack, the Number Corner or our workbooks?  I can’t wait to hear what you have to say!  See the photos above of the students in action!

I’d also like to link to a few of our past student’s blogs who are still using their blogs to share their thoughts and ideas! Thank you to them for their continued support of our blogging in our classroom! They would love it if you visited their blogs and commented!

Way to go !!!






Just Right Books and S’more!

This week we learned about “Just Right Books”. We read the story “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” and talked a lot about how although all three bears had porridge and chairs and beds, each had very different needs for each item. The students and I discussed a lot about how a book that is “Just Right” for one friend may be too easy or too challenging for another , and that’s ok!!!! We also compared shopping for clothes to shopping for books. I personally don’t shop in the same section as my dad because those clothes sizes would be much too big (like challenging books)! And although baby clothes are cute, I am sure our students wouldn’t buy their t-shirts in that section because they would be much too small(like books that are too easy)!!! Check out the photos of our volunteers modeling too big, just right, and too small shirts!




This week we also learned how to hold S’more, our class pet, in a way that makes him feel safe! Here are some photos of the students safely holding their new friend !























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