Friday, December 2, 2011

Blogging Lesson #1 What is a blog?

Today was the first day of our "learning to blog" lessons. (Don't mind my was team shirt day and all the teachers wear this shirt!) We started by talking about where the word "blog" comes from. I had to back up and talk about what the "web" is and what a "log" is. We are keeping a list of all of our Blog Words. I am hoping that we will continue to add to this list throughout our lessons.
We used the smartboard and went to look at our classroom blog. I showed them what "comments" were and we read a few. It was interesting to the children to see that even people that do not know us were looking at our blog!
The next step in our lesson today was to look at a post that I started. I posted a picture of the food that we had collected in our classroom for our school food drive. I started with the title.

Me: What would be a good title for our post?
Them: We collected food.
Me: That sound more like the story! What would the title of that story be?

After a while, we got to "Cartons for Caring" as our title.
Then I worked on generating the information that we wanted to put into our post. We had a discussion about why we don't need to list all of the foods that we collected. The picture tells the reader that information! The children were excited and insightful. the last line of our post made me most proud.
Check out our finished post on my classroom blog Mrs. Faas' First Grade!
I was really happy with how this lesson went. It took about 20 minutes or so. I am hoping to add some words to our word list next time (scroll, upload). I think that I would like to spend the next lesson looking at a bunch of pictures (some good and some bad) and talk about what kind of picture makes a good blog picture.

If any of you out there have worked on teaching young ones to blog and have any suggestions for me, let me know!

Stay tuned!

Bee the Change~


  1. I love that you taught your students about blogs. Especially since it was on the smartboard. (I could teach everything on my smartboard!) This is great. I have a classroom blog too, it's for parents and students to access--and I think it's a great idea to teach students the blog vocab. and use the blog as a teaching tool for writing. Thanks for the great idea.
    ☺ Tanya
    First Grade is Fantabulous!

  2. Hey Lori, I'd love your blog teaching info!
    ☺ Tanya
    First Grade is Fantabulous!

  3. Cute idea. I'm sure they loved it. I really want a smart board. I guess grant writing is in my future!

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