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10 Blogging Activities for Elementary Students

There are many ways that teachers can integrate blogs into curriculum. Here are a few ideas to get you started!

1. Blogger

Empower students! Most bloggers are experts in a particular area. They write articles based on their experience. Encourage your students to recognize that their experience has value. Have them write a series of articles about a topic in which they are knowledgeable such as a hobby or area of interest. For example, skateboarding, hockey, piano, video games, dirt bikes, pets, or fashion. Each week or month students write a new blog entry using a different writing style: how-to, opinion, biography, product review, pro/con comparison, top 10 list, personal story, inspiration/quote, useful links, timeline, or interview. By the end of the term or school year, students will not only have a series of articles that inform, instruct, and inspire others, but also a body of work that highlights their unique value.

2. Reading Response

To track independent reading many teachers have students complete a reading response. This activity often has a standard form such as title, author, pages, summary, and response. The response may require students share their thoughts, feelings, and reactions to the story. It may also require students to make a personal connection or prediction. Make this task digital! Have students write a blog entry for each reading response (or at least some of them). These entries can be set to private so that only the teacher is aware of the content of each post. The benefit to blogging is that now teachers can engage in an online discussion about the book. They can comment to ask questions to provoke deeper learning, offer a fresh insight to promote new ideas, or establish a connection with students by sharing their own experience. The goal is to offer comments that encourage a further response.

3. Digital Reading Log

Don’t just create a reading log, instead create a reading community. Teachers are always looking for creative ways to track the books students read throughout the year. As part of the reading program, have students write a book review on their blog. By using tags such as genre or rating, it is easy for fellow students to peruse the articles for recommended reading. As well, if a student reads the SAME book, they can add their own comment about the review.

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4. Collaborative Novel Study Activities

Transform some of your class novel study activities into blog entries that encourage collaboration. To get started, gather a list of standard discussion questions or written assignments associated with the novel. Now divide your class into small groups. Assign one member the role of blogger and the remaining students as commenters. The blogger selects an item from the list and writes a short blog post. Commenters read the post and then offer their comments. Here are some ideas:

  • have the blogger pose a question they would want to ask a character in the story, and then have the remaining members comment upon what they think the character might respond to the question
  • have the blogger post a picture of the latest action in the story with the text, what will happen next and then have the remaining members post comments outlining their predictions
  • have the blogger write a short article about how they think the book will end, and have the remaining group members comment upon whether they agree or disagree

Collaborative novel study activities are an excellent way to engage all students in a conversation about the novel.

5. Writing Buddy

Pair an older student with a younger student to foster writing skills. The older student reads the younger student’s work and then offers positive feedback. This encouragement is a great way to boost confidence and enjoyment in the writing process.

6. Peer Editing

Revision is an important part of the writing process. Students can post their draft and receive constructive feedback from peers to improve work. Feedback can take the form of compliments, suggestions, and corrections. It is a good ideas to provide sentence starters to help your students learn to phrase comments appropriately.

7. School or Class Newspaper

A blog can act as a school or class newspaper written for fellow students. Articles can be about a range of activities including field trips, fundraising events, concerts, sports, assemblies, project displays, and more! The blog can be part of an extracurricular club or it can be undertaken as a class initiative. If writing a class newspaper, the teacher can assign student bloggers each week to post articles allowing everyone the opportunity to contribute throughout the school year. This is also an excellent way to manage blogging if access to computers is limited to only a few at the back of the classroom.

8. Current Events

A blog can transform teaching about current events. Instead of clipping an article of interest from the newspaper, then sharing it with classmates by standing at the front of the classroom, relaying the article details, students can post the news story or video report to their blog. Fellow classmates can then write comments that state their opinion about the issue. It is a great way to engage everyone in an online discussion, leaving no “voice” unheard.

9. Brainteasers

Post a weekly or monthly brainteaser that encourages problem solving. Have students post their answer using the commenting system. Teachers can set the comments to require approval, which sends a copy of the responses to the teacher, but prevents them from being visible to all the other students. After a specific amount of time, the teacher can discuss the answer to the brainteaser and can either delete all comments or approve the correct answers.

10. Video Tutorials

Assign students to create videos or screencasts of a math concept. Post the tutorials to a Math category on the blog. Now when students are doing homework they can quickly refer to the blog if they need help.

Students become bloggers.

12 Reasons to Use Kidblog for Student Blogging

What Is a blog?

A blog is a short form for a web log or weblog. It is web-based publication consisting of short articles posted, in reverse chronological order. Blogs have been compared to journals or diaries because the content is fuelled by personal experiences.

Blogging promotes literacy.

The author of a blog is called a blogger. A blogger writes an article or post. The post is a text entry that can include photos, videos, links, or other digital media.

Reading blogs is not passive. The reader actively engages with the author by writing comments stating their opinion, suggesting topic-related resources, or offering encouragement. The author can then respond to the comments, creating a dialogue about the text.

In education, a school can have a blog reporting about topics relating to the school community, a teacher can have a blog to communicate with students and parents about classroom activities, or students can have their own individual blogs as part of school assignments.

Kidblog.org Is a Blog Service Designed Specifically for Educators

There are many services for blogging. Some require a yearly subscription and others do not. One of my favorite options is Kidblog.org. This service is easy to use. Teachers can instantly create a class with a blog for each student. There are many reasons this is an excellent option:

  1. Maintain Control: Teachers maintain control over all student blogs and accounts. They can easily add, edit, and delete accounts.
  2. Protect Privacy: Student blogs are private and are only viewable to classmates and/or the teacher. Teachers can elect to make posts public.
  3. Moderate Content: Teachers can moderate all content posted to blogs including articles and/or comments.
  4. Establish Guest Accounts: Teachers can create a guest account to permit parents or other users to read only or read and comment on posts.
  5. Require No Personal Information: Accounts are created by the teacher. No personal information is required for students, nor do students need an email account.
  6. Bulk Account Creation: Adding student accounts can be fast! Upload a plain text file or spreadsheet with user information.
  7. Easy Login Options: The blog has its own unique URL. However, if students forget the address, they can visit kidblog.org, type in their class name, and then select the correct option from a list.
  8. Create a Blog Roll: Connect with other classes that blog. A link to their blog will appear in the blog roll widget. Now students can read and comment upon posts written by other classes from within their school or from around the world.
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  10. No Ads: There are no banners, rotating images, or other advertisements placed onto the blog.
  11. Personalize Blog: Teachers can give students the option of uploading their own profile picture or avatar and select a theme for their blog. Once this is set, teachers can restrict access to the profile to prevent students from changing their display name.
  12. Custom Navigation: The blog has a built in navigation structure. However, teachers can set categories and tags, to organize and filter blog entries further.
  13. Straightforward Tools: The writing tools are similar to most word processing programs allowing students to easily format text, insert pictures, add a link, and more!