Come Out of the Deep Freeze!

     Come out of the deep freeze...and have a little fun with your students!
     Those who know me well know that I don't do well in cold weather. Some people have anti-freeze running through their veins, and they're never cold. I'm just the opposite. I don't let the air conditioner go on in my car unless it's 95 degrees out. And if it's below 75, I've got a sweatshirt on.
     So when we decided on Out of the Deep Freeze for a Secondary Smorgasbord blog hop theme, I bristled. I don't even like ice in my drinks. The title alone was making me shiver. Then I thought about it, and I realized that in  my classroom, I AM trying to "warm" things up a little. Last week I had my students complete a fun fun fun activity. They created a "desktop" and blog for a book character.
            We had a blast. I've said it before and I'll say it again: kids are so clever and creative! We had blogs called Freak the Mighty Dragon Tales (They liked the double allusion.) and The Katniss Chronicles. A good time was had by all. 
            Or should I say, a warm and fuzzy time was had by all?


  1. I saw your pin for this item the other day and thought it was VERY creative!

  2. This is so clever! I can see many uses for this idea.
    Thanks for sharing it!

    Desktop Learning Adventures

  3. This is just what I need for our quarter 3 book projects! Perfect Timing!! :)

    Mrs. Spangler in the Middle

  4. This is a great idea. In my Common Core implementation, maybe I could have my students blog their lab reports..... hmmmm, it just might work!

  5. So creative! It's sure to "warm" any classroom!

  6. This is so cute! What a great way to integrate some technology with ELA!

  7. How fun is this! Or, as my students would say: This is HOT!"

  8. I love it when students have the opportunity to be creative while learning! And your Create a Desktop and Blog activity is perfect for that!

    Michele Luck
    A Lesson Plan or Teachers

  9. Did you use a specific program to have students create the Desktop? I love it!

    1. No, Lyndsey. It's just a blank template. The kids type up the blog and glue it on the template. Then they have a graphic organizer to fill out supporting their "bookmarked" choices. It's a lot of fun! Follow my FB page, because I think I'll do a flash freebie on it soon. (hint-hint)

  10. Your students probably jog out of the cold and into your hot learning classroom with this Desktop Blog activity. I would definitely have bought this for my seniors. Awesome idea.

    Happy Teaching,