Sunday, September 23, 2018

Our 3rd Graders New Class Blog....Voices From The Van Meter Corner!

We have been working on a very exciting project with Mrs. Volk's 3rd graders at Van Meter.  
This classroom of amazing kids "in the corner" of the 3rd grade hallway, has started an awesome class blog....
Voices From The Van Meter Corner....I Heard It From Mrs. Volk's 3rd Graders! 
Ann Volk came to us with the idea of starting a class blog as a place for her students to share news, events, stories and other things they wanted to share with each other, their families and our community.

Her classroom has had a newspaper for several years and it has been really fun for her students.  But as all of our students have laptops and access to iPads, Ann thought it would be even better using technology and starting a blog this year.

We couldn't wait to help!
As we brainstormed and planned with Ann, we also called on the high school journalism students to get involved too.  They will serve as the mentors and editors, helping the 3rd graders with their posts and writing ideas.
After they met their high school mentors,
the 3rd graders and the three of us helped the students brainstorm ideas for their posts.
They jotted down ideas to write individually and as a group.
And one of the BEST ideas....The title for their blog that we brainstormed together!

To keep everything in one place, we started a Google Folder, 3rd Grade Blogging, Volk, and had everyone join it.
Next, we had a small group volunteer to help get the blog started.
Raina and Jacob created the blog header by....
...talking about the header, sketching it out,
and using colored pencils and markers to color it in,
We love what they created.....their class did too!  We will have other small groups created headers as we change them throughout the year. 
Brayden and Brek worked together on the first news article about the 2018 Van Meter Homecoming.
They will publish their story this upcoming week on the blog.
As the other two groups worked,  Ben wrote the very first post to introduce their blog.
I helped him insert the images and proofread it so it was ready to be published.
When we visited their classroom last Friday to show them their blog, all of the students were so happy and excited.  
You can check out their blog here too.  They will be watching who visits their blog from around the world with RevolverMaps on the side of their blog. 

This is going to be a project for all of them to contribute to, share and have a voice in all year long.  

We can't wait to see what you come up with next, 3rd grade friends! 

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