Mrs. Campagna's Class

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

Meet Baby Campagna!

Hello Friends! I’m sorry I have not posted sooner! It has been a very busy week 🙂 Our baby girl, Evelyn Lia Campagna was born Tuesday November 10th at 11:17 a.m. ! ( She finally has a name ! Ha! 🙂 we call her Baby Evie for short. She is very healthy and happy and Mr.Russ and I are so thrilled! She has tons of hair and is so tiny ! She can not wait to meet you all! We will come in soon to visit.
It is such a relief to know that you are such a wonderful , hard-working and kind class and that you are in such good hands with Mrs.Thomas. You know that I miss you all and miss learning with you but you are going to have a great rest of your year! I’ll be checking the blog often once we get into a routine with Baby Evie. Keep working hard and being your best!






Halloween Festivities!

Today we had our annual Halloween Parade and Party. The costumes were fun and fantastic and there were treats galore! Thank you so much to our room parents for all the creative ideas and organization ! Thank you to all the families who donated items to share! Check out just a few of the photos below!


















Scientific Observations

This week we are  beginning our first Science unit. One important aspect of being a scientist is to be observant.

How observant do you think you are? We will be learning this week about how important it is to be observant during Science so that we can pay close attention to changes during an experiment. Try these with your family and friends at home! Remember, only give them about 2 minutes to view the FedEx truck, and only about a minute to count the F’s in the last picture. Good luck! (See the first comment to find the answers!)

Try to find the hidden arrow on the FedEx truck in 2 minutes!

Can you locate the arrow on the FedEx truck? Only give yourself 2 minutes to try to find it !

How many F's can you find in 1 minute?

How many “f”s do you see here? Give yourself 1 minute to try this one!

Can you find the hidden tiger in this image?

Do you see the hidden tiger…. keep looking!!! It is in there. 🙂

Thanks to for such a neat activity idea!


Blogging Challenge 4! Creativity!

We have learned so much already through our blogs! This week is your chance to get a little creative! Read the post at this link . Choose one activity to complete. If you don’t celebrate Halloween, maybe you can choose a different holiday to blog about or complete the activities about! I can’t wait to see your ideas!

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“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! 




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)



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


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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