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An important part of blogging as part of a global community is learning more about each others’ culture.  Food is often one of the first things you notice when visiting another country.

This week we’re going to learn more about each others’ culture by sharing stories about food popular in our country or asking other participants questions about food in their country.

To help you get started I’m going to tell you about food that is popular in Australia.

Vegemite

VegemiteVegemite is uniquely Australian and most Aussies have a jar of Vegemite in their house.  We even have our own Vegemite song! It’s a dark brown food paste made from leftover brewers’ yeast, vegetables and additives.

Our favorite way of eating Vegemite is on toasted bread with a layer of margarine (or butter) spread with a thin layer of Vegemite.

While some might say Vegemite is an acquired taste — the true secret to eating Vegemite is the thin layer of Vegemite on toast.  Most of the hilarious taste testing Vegemite videos on YouTube are caused by trying to eat Vegemite like you would Peanut butter, Nutella or Jam.

Aussie Meat Pies

The Meat pie is considered iconic in Australia and New Zealand.  These are hand-sized meat pies made up of diced or minced meat and vegetables.

Most Australian bakeries sell a wide variety of meat pies, sausage rolls in addition to bread and cakes.  Meat pies and sausage rolls are a common lunch food here and you can also buy them at most lunch bars and petrol stations.

Pies
Selection of pies and sausage rolls at a bakery

Home made meat piesEach bakery has their own unique recipes.

You might enjoy making meat pies with your students.  It isn’t hard.

Here are some tips:

  • Follow this Curtis Stone Meat Pie recipe.
  • Make the filling in advance and wait until it is completely cooled until you use it to fill the pies (I don’t add the chicken livers).
  • You eat the pie by holding it in your hand.

Food in other Countries

A challenge with visiting other countries is sometimes the food you are used to isn’t available or is hard to get.

Watch Brian Lockwood video where he discusses the challenges of buying bread in China.  Brian is an American teacher who works at a school in Nanjing, China.

Activity 1: 

Write a post on food that is popular in your country.

In your post, include links to where you researched and some images with attribution. You might also want to a collage of images or a slideshow you have created.

Activity 2:  

Visit Inside Scoops Taco Tuesday post to learn what their students eat for lunch.  Leave a comment on Taco Tuesday post to let them know what you eat for school lunches in where you live or write a post to share what school lunches are like where you live.

Activity 3:  

Create a poll or survey and embed it into a post to find out more about the types of foods eaten by your readers.

Activity 4:

Visit at least 5 blogs from countries other than your own. Leave a comment on a post at each blog to ask them questions about food in their country. Now write your own post including the comment you have left and linking to each post you commented on.

 

Check out these posts that couldn’t be flipped:

Add to Allegra’s story, Alice, Rachel’s creative commons video, Kloey, Teagan, Tayah, Chelsea, Tahlia, Ella, Mia’s video about widgets, Milica from Serbia – use the translation widget, Emily, Angel, Camille created a glogster on commenting, Aisho’s tribute to her grandma, Mary Ellen, Alexis on commenting, Gauri, Mary Ellen,

Classes with links to student posts

Huzzah – cat, dog or both with images

Mrs Arendts grade 5 class – have introduced themselves and would love some comments

Room 19 Allstars  have done some great Blog Action Day posts

Mr Helpern’s students used images with attribution

Students writing in comments

Favourite family time,

Here is the link to the flipboard magazine where many of your #RaiseYourVoice posts were flipped.

A range of topics were raised from looking at diseases to girls education and of course bullying online and in real life.

Decorating your blog

Rhea, Ella, Mikaila, Victoria, Caitlyn,

UPDATE IMPORTANT    UPDATE IMPORTANT

Make sure you read the admin post from earlier this week. Important information about being taken off the student or class lists.

 

 

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  1. I enjoyed this weeks chalenge I would like to do it again.

  2. Hello Ms. W,

    Thank you for my comment! I agree with you when you said burgers taste great! I love the Blogging Challenges there are so much fun! Please keep up the fun Challenges!

    Annie. Here’s my blog: https://shirleys6th.edublogs.org/wp-admin/edit.php

  3. Hello, I really enjoyed that week’s challenge it was very creative! Check out our blogs @cougarnewsblog.com

  4. Hi Miss. W
    I finish my food blog and I was happy to writing about it and I am sorry I was late telling you that I was done my blog is below hope you enjoy.

    sincerely,
    Aislinn
    http://goo.gl/X53dJ7

  5. Miss W.,
    I am just getting to posting week 5 for my students and noticed that you included our class blogs as one to visit! Thank you for that! The students love getting comments! And I sneak peeked at week 6. A week where students only have to comment is a dream come true for them! Thank you again for this wonderful opportunity!

  6. I guess I’ll try these foods. Why don’t you tell us what you like this food with? Please visit our blog flags8.org

  7. We were late to get started as we were finishing up some other projects, but we are back and catching up!

    http://wp.me/p1MuGQ-IB

    • Cactus Canyon Journalism - Mr. Davis
  8. Hi Miss W,
    I like you post about Vegemite! When I think of Vegemite I think of dark, greasy stuff. But I am a picky eater so I don’t put anything on my bread except ham. What do you eat?

    • Hi Miss W,
      I like your post about Aussie meat pies. It sounds interesting, when I think of pies I think of desert. What do you like to eat before desert?

    • G’day Ava,
      I try to eat lots of fruit and vegetables as well as meat. I love chicken parmigiana and am getting used to kale smoothies.

      • me to i like the way you eat veges before meat gust like me

        • henri
  9. Hello Miss W!
    I just thought I’d let you know that my students have written several posts about food. If anyone is interested in reading about PB & J’s, food in America, Doritos, pork rinds, pumpkin foods, and deep fried Buckeyes (yes, it is a thing!) to name a few, then you should check out our blog!

    Warning, though…You will want a snack after reading!

    http://mcdowellmedia.edublogs.org/

  10. Hi Miss W,
    I enjoyed reading about the mouthwatering foods you mentioned. I am from San Diego, California and it’s interesting reading about different foods in the world. Are these foods popular where your from?
    Mramos14
    http://www.flags8.org

  11. Hi again Miss W,

    I think this might have been my favourite challenge yet. It’s cool to hear about what different foods people are eating, because that’s something linked closely to their country and culture. I hope you like my post!

    Mackenzie (http://mackenziec206.edublogs.org/2015/11/07/why/)

  12. Hello Miss W,

    Here is the link to my first activity post. http://hmsangela.edublogs.org/2015/11/04/sbc-51-popular-foods-in-hawaii/ It was great learning about the types of foods that you have in your country. The rest of my posts should be at the bottom of the page. Sorry, this week, I couldn’t do activity 4 because I couldn’t find any people that weren’t from the USA to comment on posts before my class deadline.

    I hope you enjoy reading my posts.

    Sincerely,
    Angela

  13. Salutations from America!
    Our class is also doing the Blogging Challenge and we are writing a post about foods from all over the world, too! I’ve always wondered wat types of foods are commonly eaten in Ireland. So, what is a traditional Ireland breakfast? In the U.S, it’s most of the time cereal or pancakes! Don’t foget to check out our class blog at http://www.flags8.org

  14. Hello Miss. Wyatt,
    I have finished this weeks (5) challenge. My post is about how waffles are wonderful! I thought it was really cool that I was able to explore my countries most popular foods, and some of the foods were really interesting, although I had to stick with waffles, they are wonderful of course!
    Here is the link to my food post: http://abbienz13.edublogs.org/
    Sincerely, Abbie

  15. Dear Miss W,

    Hello! I am from Shirley’s 6th grade and my name is Bode I LOVED your post about what people eat in their cultures. I did activity 1. The food I said might sound crazy but I said Sushi. The reason I chose Sushi was because I LOVE Sushi and I think it is growing in popularity. Oh yeah, what does Vegemite taste like? I’ve never tried it and I have wanted to for some time.

    From
    Bode
    https://shirleys6th.edublogs.org/wp-admin/index.php?page=msreader.php

  16. In my class we have been doing your activities! They are really great! I especially liked this week’s challenge about food. I love trying new food. When I went to Japan last year we had really amazing noodles! I sure would love to try food in Australia! I did activity #2 on Taco Tuesdays. It told me a lot about lunch there.

    here’s the link to the Taco Tuesdays blog: http://kdruckmiller.edublogs.org/2015/10/01/taco-tuesday/

  17. Dear Ms.W

    I really liked the blogging topic this week and had a lot of fun writing it. My family and I recently became vegetarians so when I did Blogging challenge #1 I did it on vegetarian food. Here is a link to what I wrote: http://shirleys6th.edublogs.org/2015/11/06/blogging-challenge-week-5-5/. My favorite thing about your post is the video and the photos that you used. Looking forward to next week’s Blogging Challenge. Also here is a link to our class blog: http://shirleys6th.edublogs.org.

    Bye,
    Zach

  18. Hey miss W, It’s Olivia from Shirley’s sixth grade.
    I really love this post! I love how you put a video in. I think that the video really helped your readers understand more of what you were trying to say. I have never tried Vegemite but I love to try some! I made a post about food in America you can check it out on my blog here: http://shirleys6th.edublogs.org/2015/11/06/week-5-clogging-challenge/

  19. Dear Mrs W,

    Hi! I am Eden, I have commented to you before and am still doing your blogging challenge with my 6th grade class. I did the Week 5 Blogging Challenge and did Activity 2. I did the post and comment. Here is a link to the post on school lunches I did http://shirleys6th.edublogs.org/2015/11/06/blogging-challenge-week-5-4/ and heres the link to the website with the comment I posted http://kdruckmiller.edublogs.org/2015/10/01/taco-tuesday/#comment-84. Now something else I wanted to say was it was awesome seeing that you eat Vegemite and are from Australia. Here we eat Nutella which is probably as popular as Vegemite is where you are. We spread it on bread or eat it on toast as well.
    Anyway, if you missed my blog here is the link to it and check out my challenges!

    http://shirleys6th.edublogs.org/author/eden1616/

    Thank you!
    -Eden

  20. Hello Miss W,
    I am Ryanne and I finished my week #5 post! I did activity #2 and I had a lot of fun.
    I wrote about Popcorn and I added 2 links and 2 pictures. I loved your post about Vegemite, I have never heard about Vegemite till reading your post. The song is so cool! I hope you check out out my post! Here is the link http://shirleys6th.edublogs.org/2015/11/06/week-5-blogging-challenge-popcorn/

  21. Hi Miss W!
    I am excited to say I have been enlightened on the subject of vegemite, for before reading your amazing post I had no idea what vegemite was. After watching a couple of videos, I can see what you mean about it being an “acquired” taste. For blogging challenge this week I chose activity 1. Here is the link to my post: http://shirleys6th.edublogs.org/2015/11/06/blogging-challenge-5-3/

  22. Hi Miss W,

    My name is Yasmeen and I am from Shirley’s 6th grade. I really enjoyed this week’s blogging challenge, and I did activity #2. Here is the link to my comment on the Taco Tuesday site http://kdruckmiller.edublogs.org/2015/10/01/taco-tuesday #comment-82. I hope you enjoy it and write a comment back.

    Happy Blogging,
    Yasmeen

  23. Hi Miss. W,
    I really liked your post about Australian foods. One of my favorite parts is when you talked about “Vegemite.” For week #5 I commented on Taco Tuesday’s post! Here is the link; http://kdruckmiller.edublogs.org/2015/10/01/taco-tuesday/
    From,
    Fiona P.S Here is our class site; Shirley’s 6th grade blog

  24. hi this is karlie i just finished my food blog post and would like for you to check it out. Thanks!
    http://goo.gl/x9QPcb

  25. Hi Miss. Wyatt its Brooke from Miss Smiths class here to tell you that I am done my food post and I hope you check it out my URL is http:/brookelx13.edublogs.org
    Thanks bye 🙂

  26. Hello Mrs. W!
    My name is Chantal, and I am part of the Student Blogging Challenge. I am from Mrs. Smith’s class, and have been posting lots of stuff!
    I have completed my Food post, about my favourite Canadian food, maple syrup! The best topping for pancakes, waffles, whatever!
    Thank you for setting this challenge up. I’ve had another blog for some time now, but I like the one I have now much better because of the Student Blogging Challenge. It’s really opened my eyes to how blogging is really done.
    Maybe you could visit my blog and check out some of my posts? I’d really appreciate it. I will include the HTML code below.
    Thank-you!
    ~Chantal <3

    Chantal’s blog
    Huzzah! Our class blog

  27. Hey Miss W,
    I’m new to this site and I entered my info but my name hasn’t showed up yet. Could you please get me in?

    • Hi Lily,
      I just checked the list and you are there near the end of the 9 year old students.

  28. Hi Ms. W
    I have just finished week 5 of the student blogging challenge. I thought it was very fun to explore my culture food wise.
    Here is the link to my post http://aylaz13.edublogs.org
    Thanks,
    ~Ayla

    • Well done Penelope, Claudia and Matthew. Great polls and I tweeted them out last night so hope you get some results.

      • Hi Miss W. I’ve finished week 6 about our food I hope you like my post, here’s the website: james82.edublogs.org

  29. Vegemite, huh? I never knew it was popular in Australia.
    I’m going to try it. My Mom says it tastes terrible, even if I don’t like it, I will try it as a challenge. Meat pies as well, sound pretty Neat-O! Learned two things today from one post. 🙂

    • Hi Miss W!
      I am excited you have used my blog as an example!
      Did you now my name is spelt with a hyphen?
      If my name is mentioned again please spell it like “Mary-Ellen” 😀

      Thanks ;D
      Mary-Ellen.

      • Sorry about that Mary-Ellen,
        I will remember to use the hyphen next time.