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Next week we will be playing a commenting game. But you need to get prepared for this.

  1. Make sure you have at least 5 other student blogs linked on the sidebar of your blog, in a page near your header area or in a recent post that your visitors can find easily. Make sure these are blogs from other students around the world, not just those in your class or school. Perhaps have a blogroll or link category called Global students or Global classes. Here is how to add a blogroll if using Edublogs or Blogger. If using Kidblog write a post mentioning at least 5 great blogs you enjoy visiting.
  2. Have some visitor widgets on your blog sidebar – maybe a revolver map or a flag counter – this way you can see where your visitors are coming from. Remember only one visitor in 30 will actually leave a comment.
  3. Make sure your blog looks interesting – maybe change your header to suit what you are writing about. Do your pets make a noise as soon as your blog is opened in a tab? That can be annoying so make sure the visitor can click on the sound button if they want to hear your animal pet. Have you changed the tagline under the title of your blog? Have you included some tags or categories to help your readers find a great post?

This week’s activity

Have some interesting posts for your visitors to read when they get to your blog. Last week you visited some class blogs and throughout the challenge you have visited some student blogs.  I am not going to give any clues as to what to put in your posts but remember the following, especially if you want a post flipped to our magazine.

Having read many of your posts, I came up with the following essentials in a great post.

  1. catchy title
  2. includes at least one visual (with attribution) whether photo, cartoon, video or another web 2.0 tool like padlet or glogster
  3. interesting topic with the passion of the author coming through
  4. well written and not copy/pasted from somewhere else
  5. shows it has been proofread and spellchecked
  6. written in paragraphs – at least three of them
  7. includes links to other websites on similar topics – at least two of these

When you have finished your post, please come back here to the blogging challenge and leave a comment on this post. Mention what topic you wrote about and leave a link to your post. Those posts covering the seven things mentioned above will be added to the flipboard magazine. Many students are forgetting to add links to other websites relating to the topic they have written about.


Can you please check your students blogs this week and get back to me via email or comment with names of students who are not really participating in the challenge activities? By now students should have an about me page or post and at least two other posts relating to images, avatars, their country, emergency preparedness, games at school, Gaia or how to comment.


  • The students in Serbia presented about Shakespeare – to read in English, go to the translate button under the challenge badge.
  • Students in Mrs Ives class wrote about fun facts for their country.
  • Beech class have lots of great book reviews for you to check out – use the category on the sidebar area.
  • This teacher in Portugal created a survey to see how well you read the information on Eugene’s post about South Africa.


  • Thanumi from Thailand is showing her video skills with this fun facts about Greece
  • Celeste is part of the WriteAbout community and has written some posts for you to comment on.
  • Roman created a jigsaw puzzle using an image
  • Naani has an interesting story and she would like your opinion .
  • Kaan decided to get ready for the apocolypse


Still more time left this week

  • Read some of the posts in the flipboard magazine – your teacher might want to create a class flipboard magazine to add to your class blog
  • Visit other classes and students in the lists above the header of the challenge blog.
  • Reply to any comments left on your blog especially if from a mentor.

184 thoughts on “Week 5: Free choice

  1. Hi Mrs W,
    I have made a post on my blog for week 5.
    It is about Nelson Mandela and why he is my hero.
    Would you be able to check it out please?
    I have done all the 7 dot points for a good post.
    Kind Regards

  2. Hey mrs W!! Just wanted to let you know I completed the “free write” blog challenge!! It would be amazing if you could give me your feed back! Have a great week!

  3. Howdy Mrs. W,

    I completed the week 5 tasks. For my free choice blog I wrote about the time my horse was born. It’s titled “Lightning Strikes”. Please check it out since it means a lot to me. Thanks!!!

    My blog:

  4. Hi Miss W,

    This week’s challenge was very fun! I enjoyed the free choice, and writing about what I wanted to write about! With that being said, I wrote about King Charles Cavalier dogs, and some facts about them!
    Here is a link to my blog post if you want to check out my story:

    Thanks so much!

  5. Hey Miss W! It’s Sonya. I really liked this weeks student blogging challenge of how we get to decide on our own post. Also adding widgets to our blogs is brilliant! Widgets can actually help other people that come to our blog negotiate through the blog easy and effortlessly to find what they are looking for. My post is about dancing a hobby I am really interested in. Please come visit my blog at

  6. Hi , Miss W. I have completed SBC week 5! I wrote about my favorite sport, gymnastics. If you’d like to leav a comment, please visit

  7. Hi Ms.W thanks you for the challenge. I just finished it. We’ll have a great weekend. And don’t forget to visit my site and my recent post.

  8. Hi Miss.W! How are you doing? I just wanted to say that I think that you’re doing an amazing job with this student blogging challenge! And I finished this weeks challenge. I hope you can check it out at

  9. Hi Miss W,
    My name is Alexis, and I just finishes you challenge for week 5. My topic was gymnastics. I hope you come check it out at

  10. Hey Miss. W,
    My name is Kylee, I finished your SBC 5 challenge. My topic was about Cheerleading. I hope you come check out my blog at

  11. Hi Miss W!
    My name is Victoria.
    I finished my SBC5 and I wish for you to take a look at it.

    Thank you!

  12. Hey Mrs W.
    I would really be thrilled if you visit and take a look at my blog whenever you get the chance I can imagine that you are very busy thank you.

  13. Hi Mrs W.
    I made my blog post of Fun Crafts that you can do whenever you have free time. They are really fun to make and you don’t need many things to make them, most of them you only need things you have around the house. Come check out my blog at .

    Thanks you,

  14. Hi, my name is Andrew. My blog post is about the presidential election in the United States Of America! I give backgrounds to ALL of the candidates, and I think that you will enjoy it!

  15. Hello Ms. W.! I have had tons of new experiences with my blog this week. I added the blogroll, improved it by adding a countdown clock and changing my theme and tagline. Then I wrote a free choice blog about Monarch Butterflies. Thank you so much and I hope you will come and visit my blog please at

  16. Hi Miss.W. My name is Rylee. I finished this my week five post. Its about my top five recommended books. Come check it out @

  17. Hi Ms. W I finished this weeks challenges. Check out my free choice blog at my site My topic is on why students should play sports. I also decked out my site by adding a count down clock and a new seasonal theme. Also check out my blog roll they have some pretty cool blogs you should check out!

  18. Hey Miss. W, I have completed your task. Have a good rest of the week. Please come visit my blog, and leave a comment at

  19. Hi Miss W,
    My class are all enrolled as individual students in the #16sbc. They have just jointly written this post in reply to a comment we received. It shows how much they have learned in class and through your challenge. It is so exciting to see their enthusiasm for writing.
    Thanks for your commitment to all your young learners.
    Pru Thomas

  20. Hi, I am from “Rayne’s Blog”. You may also know me because I had won the student blog challenge last year! Anyway for this the post I wrote was “Being Ready For Emergencies”. I accidently made it a page. I hope that is not a problem. When you got on my blog it may not be submitted yet from my teacher. But, it will one or two days from now. Bye!

  21. Hi my name is Emmanuel. I love blogging so much! At the beginning when my teacher told us about blogging everyone was like uh, but when we started everyone loved it and wanted to write more. By the way I live in Lancaster county, please leave me a comment at thanks!

  22. My name is Ashlyn and I live in Lancaster County in Pennsylvania. What I did was a free write which is where you make stories and one of them that I am making is called Cheesesqueak. Please visit my blog and comment! Here is my blog URL:

  23. Hi I’m Ryder and I wrote about a football player thet helps his team to the finals. Here is my post http /the-finals-stubc-week-5-2016-byryder/ Thanks!

  24. Dear Miss W,
    I have completed my week 5 articles. Which was about a Debate and my Favorite person. So I did 2 not 1. I just noticed that my post was flipped to the magazine and I felt very excited and proud of my self so it would be again an awesome thing if my posts were flipped to the magazine again!

    My Blog Post’s for Week 5:
    My Blog Post’s for Week 5:
    My Blog:

  25. Hi Mrs W.
    I was just wondering if you could help me. I’m not sure how to add a visitors widget… It’s something I’ve been trying to do for a while but there doesn’t seem to be that option in my widgets.

    I haven’t commented on here in a while, but I’d love if you kept visiting my blog:

    Thank you,

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