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It’s the penultimate (second last) week of the Student Blogging Challenge for 2019!

Some of our STUBC participants will be celebrating Thanksgiving soon. Other participants will have other special holidays coming up like Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, or New Year.

This week we’d like to find out about the celebrations and festivities that are important to you. You might learn a few things about different cultures as well. Week 7 of the Student Blogging Challenge looks at festivities and celebrations around the world

Week Six Recap

Trophy image -- great workYou can find all the posts submitted about emojis here (or click on the pink week six box on the sidebar).

Let’s take a look at just some of the fantastic work we spotted last week:

Reminders

Here are a few more important reminders:

  • The Google Forms for weeks 1-5 are now closed. If you’re catching up, just submit your post in a Google Form that’s still open (week 6 or 7).
  • To become a better blogger, before you publish consider: have I proofread? Is my text broken up in short paragraphs (bullet points can be good too)? Do I have an image?
  • Do your posts have any writing in them? Some bloggers are just adding an image to a post without any text. This can leave readers confused. Step up your efforts by including a little bit of writing that introduces the task.
  • Some classes are currently on holidays. That’s totally fine. You can catch up when you get back or just skip the weeks you’re away.

Time to begin this week’s topic…

Celebrations And Festivities

We have a diverse group taking part in the Student Blogging Challenge with lots of different cultural backgrounds represented.

Around the world, people celebrate different holidays and festivals.

It can be fun to tell people about our own traditions while hearing about others!

Want to learn a bit more about just some of the holidays that are celebrated around the world? This video might help.

This resource from ABC Australia also has some useful videos and information.

ABC Education Australia Celebration resources

Celebrations Poll

Just for fun, let’s find out what events you and your family celebrate.

Please take our quick poll below. 

Here’s a link to the poll if you want to share it with your students.

https://forms.gle/KaDUKnWQUw7FLzZu7

We’ll share the results next week.

Week Seven Tasks

This week there are 4 tasks to choose from that explore holidays, celebrations, and festivities. 

Our graphic summarises the tasks and I will explain each task in more detail below.

Week 7 of the STUBC is about holidays and celebrations

Task 1: Family Celebrations

Think of all the holidays, festivals, or celebrations that are important to your family. Write a blog post about this.

  • You could make a list of your family’s celebrations with a short description for each one, or
  • You could choose one celebration to explain in more detail.

Don’t forget to include lots of information about your holiday so your readers can get a clear understanding of this special day/season.

You could include things like:

  • The time of year/date it’s celebrated.
  • What you do to celebrate? Are there special costumes, decorations, music, lights, food, prayers, etc?
  • Do people give each other gifts?
  • Who is involved in the celebration? Do you visit other people or host family and friends?
  • What special memories do you have?

You might even like to do some research into the origins of your holiday.

Examples:

  • Nandini from India used a Google Slides presentation to tell us about the Holi festival.
  • Mr. Matt told us about Chinese New Year in Taiwan.
  • Brady shared a bit about all the holidays he celebrates.
  • Satheprincess14 wrote about Holi.
  • Mrs. Matveyeva’s class in Kazakhstan wrote about their spring festival called Nauryz.

Task 2: Photo Spark

Often, holidays and celebrations include different decorations, food, costumes, or other objects.

Think of a celebration that’s important in your family and share a photo of something that represents that holiday.

Write a reflection to give readers an idea of the significance of this object.

Check out this example on the New York Times — Holiday Memories. 

Holiday Memories NY Times

Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo for sharing this idea. 

Remember, don’t include photos of people (including yourself) without permission.

Examples:

  • Keylee shared a photo that represents Christmas.
  • Gabby wrote an excellent piece about celebrations that included multiple pictures and some fun polls.

Task 3: Holiday Craft

Some people enjoy making craft for special holidays and seasons.

This task involves creating something and then adding a photo of it to a blog post with a description. Or you could even make a video tutorial for your readers!

If you find inspiration from a website, be sure to include the link in your post.

Craft inspiration:

  • Origami Club has a list of origami (paper folding) objects you can make for a variety of holidays.
  • DLTK has lots of ideas sorted into different holidays.
  • RedTedArt has some great seasonal craft ideas.

Diwali kids craft

Examples:

  • Rhiann made a fantastic video to share a craft idea.
  • Kaylie made a candle and explained how she did it. She also including the link to the site she used.
  • Mia explained how she made some snowflakes.

Task 4: Holiday Poem

A special holiday or celebration can be a great topic to write a poem about.

This task involves writing any sort of poem about any celebration or festival that’s important to you.

Stuck for ideas?

Why not try magnetic poetry or a visual poem?

Magnetic Poetry — This is where you put words together to make a poem. It uses Google Drawings or Slides.

Visual Poem

Explore the fantastic poetry generators on the Language is a Virus website. (I believe this works best on a computer rather than tablet/mobile device).

For example, their visual poetry mosaic tool displays your work as a shape. Take a screenshot of your end result and add it to a blog post as an image.

Visual Poetry Example The Edublogger.

If you don’t want to use that tool, you could display your poem creatively using a tool like Google Drawings or Canva.

Submit Your Post URL ⬇

If you’d like a commenter and others to visit your post about celebrations, fill in the form below.

This video shows you how to find your URL…

Note, this isn’t a real class blog. Just one I used for testing 😉

 

This graphic below should help you understand what a post URL looks like if you’re using Edublogs/CampusPress/WordPress

Examples of post URLS for STUBCThe Google Form

Edit: The week 7 Google Form is now closed. Feel free to enter the URL of your work in the week 8 Google Form (closes Sunday December 8, 2019).


Next week’s topic: Celebrate And Reflect!

Remember, next week is the final week of the Student Blogging Challenge.

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  1. I LOVE THE BLOGGING CHALLENGE!!!!!!!!

    • You’ve been busy, Samantha! I’ll add this to our group Flipboard so others can take a look!

      Best wishes,
      Kathleen

      • Kathleen Morris
      • Thanku!!!

    • Hi Chase,
      Access is denied on this work. Maybe you need to change the privacy settings?
      Thanks!
      Kathleen

      • Kathleen Morris
    • Great work, Ruby! I just left you a comment 🙂

      Kathleen

      • Kathleen Morris
  2. I love celebrations and festivities!!

    • I like trains!
  3. Hey Kathleen, i redid the entry form and wanted help getting english III

  4. Amazing Challenge!!

  5. Hey Kathleen!
    I have completed the challenge of writing about celebrations and festivities. Make sure to read it on riddhi4k.edublogs.org/2019/11/17/celebrations/

    • Sorry, the permalink is incorrect. It is actually riddhi4k.edublogs.org/2019/11/17/celebrations!!