Welcome to the first blog post of our 2016-2017 school year!
This blog started in the fall of 2011, so this is now my sixth school year of blogging with my students. We’ve made so many connections with the people who read and comment on our blog and it’s taught my students much about reading, writing, and digital citizenship!
I wanted to make a shift in the way we use our blog for this year. In the past, students and I brainstormed ideas for posts based on the activities we do in class, then I put the ideas together and wrote the bulk of the blog posts. Although sometimes students wrote guest posts, most of the students’ own writing came in the form of comments. This year, most of my students were introduced to blogging early in their school careers by the fabulous K-4 teachers at our school, so they have some experience with the way blogs are written. I’ve decided I want to make a shift and have students do most of the content creation on the blog. Our goal is to have the students collaboratively write at least one post per month, and have individual student contributors write posts later in the year. I’m looking forward to seeing what the students produce!
If you’d like to see more of the day-to-day activities from our classroom, you can follow our classroom Twitter and Instagram accounts, both with the username @hammanclass.
We’re on summer break until August 5. Next year, Mrs. Hamman will be moving from third grade to fifth grade!
One of the things we study in fifth grade is the history and geography of the United States. This is a picture of one of the cities I plan to visit this summer. Do you know where it is? Photo Credit: Brian Koprowski via Compfight
The 2014 Iditarod Champion is…Dallas Seavey! Congratulations, Dallas!
We wrote in the last post that the end of the race would probably be very close, and it was! The first and second place finishers were less than three minutes apart.
The ending of the race was extremely dramatic and exciting. You can read about it on the Teacher on the Trail Blog: Photo Finish! If you are in Mrs. Hamman’s class, after you read the article, leave a comment on our blog with the answers to these two questions:
1. Who came in second in the race?
2. What happened to Jeff King’s team?
Here is a news video explaining how the finish of the race became so close.