What comes to your mind when you hear the word community? You must be thinking it is something where lot of people gather together, and do many things. Yes, to some extent it is true but a community can start from something as small as a family until something as big as a global group.
You might be thinking, how can a family become an example of a community? Believe me! A family is an example of a community! For an example, in my family, I am the eldest child. So it is my responsibility to take care of my sister and become a role model. We help each other, and we take care of each other. In my family, we all have different roles and responsibilities. So it is an example of a community!
Last year, I was part of the scout club here at my school. I was one of the group leaders! Yay! I met some students who I never knew before, which means, I made many new friends, which I love to do. As member of scout club I learned many things like the scout law and the promise and how to make different knots, sometimes I got mixed up though. I can also never forget the team building activities which were hard but fun at the same time. But on the downside, there were some people in my group who didn’t follow my instructions very well, which made me feel sad, but overall it was a valuable experience!
Next on the list is my school, the most important community in this whole world! The place where we can have fun and learn many new things! Friendly students and teachers, where you get help from everyone whenever you need. If you come to my school, you will be surrounded by the boundary of safety and care. You will also meet groups like Student Council members and Peace Makers, who will listen to your problems and help you. You will also get to know about special groups like singers’ group called Glee Club. I feel really proud to tell you that I am part of that community also. While singing, everyone' s support is needed. Everyone must try their best.
And lastly, I am participating in Student Blogging Challenge, which is a global community where we get to know about students from other countries, learn new things from them and get to comment on them. We also showcase our creativity and get a chance to have discussions about world problems through challenge activities like BAD (Blog Action Day).
Let me summarize everything...
Advantages of being in a community
Disadvantages of being in a community
I think that is it. If you have any questions, please tell me in the commenting section! Bye for now!
Well you might be wondering, what is this Joy of Reading Program? Don't worry! I am going to tell you what it is! Joy of Reading Program or what I simply call JOR, runs twice a semester. You have to choose a book or more, and complete 3 book lover tasks to get one JOR tag. If you want to earn a certificate, you must do 15 tasks, which is equal to doing tasks for 5 tags. Click here to know more about it! Well, I think you got the idea. Don't forget to read my JOR tasks that I recently completed for one JOR tag. If you still have any confusions, please tell me anything in the commenting section!
An image of a JOR tag!
Hello Everyone! Today, I am going to tell you something unique about our school. Guess what? It is....the class names! It is a bit not interesting if we only call by the grade. Which is why, each and every class in my school has a specific name. I interviewed my school teachers to know what are the reasons for them to choose different class names. So below, is what the teachers told me.
Nursery - Playful Pandas
"Well, pandas are really cute and kind of a baby type. They are also playful. So, since the nursery kids are little, cute and playful, that is the reason why I named them as Playful Pandas."
Prekindergarten 1 - Cuddly Bears
"Teddy bear is a favorite soft toy among the children. It is not exclusive for any gender. Both little boys and girls like it. They use it when they go to sleep, or when they are alone. They are close to it, and when they hug it, it comforts them. The kids who are around 3 years old, they love to cuddle. Specially it can affect the new comers to the school. I want them to feel the school as their home. So when I hug them, they are really happy and they start to feel better and comfortable. So that is why I named them Cuddly Bears."
Prekindergarten 1 - Creative Caterpillars
"As you know in the life cycle of caterpillars, they are very young to become butterflies and fly in the sky. So in Prek1, my students are still in the process of growing up. But as soon as they leave my class, they will become fully bloomed beautiful butterflies. So I say that children are born with wings and teachers are the ones to help them fly."
Prekindergarten 2 - Ducklings
"Ducklings are always happy, cute and smart, and they help each other to reach their goals. In my classroom, I am like their mother duck and they follow whatever I say and do. So they are my cute little ducklings."
Kindergarten - Dynamic Dolphins
"I really like the way Dolphins move. In my class, my students are so dynamic and can't stay still, just like the dolphins. That is why they are called Dynamic Dolphins."
Grade 1 - Soaring Eagles "Since Grade 1 is the first elementary class, they need a good take off to go to higher grades. An eagle is a big bird who is brave, independent and strong. So I named them Soaring Eagles."
Grade 2 - Kestrels "We are birds and we can fly high. We can reach whatever goal we want to. So we are Grade 2 Kestrels."
Grade 2 - Trail Blazers
"My students always go blazing around and leave a trail of success. So they are Trail Blazers."
Grade 3 - Bright Owls
"Owls represent the love for learning and books. I really want my students to be smart and intelligent, which means bright.
O - Outstanding
L - Learners
Since my students are outstanding wonderful learners, I call them Bright Owls."
Grade 3 - Unique Unicorns
"Unicorn is a mythical animal and it represents good luck. For my students, I wish them good luck and I want them to be different and unique from others. I also want them to carry a good message as they grow up. So I named them Unique Unicorns."
Grade 4 - Fantastic "Grade 4 students are, F - Funny A - Artistic N - Nice T - Truthful A - Awesome S - Studious T - Talented
I - Inquisitive C - Creative So they are, Fantastic!
Grade 5 - Voyagers
A voyager is a person who travels. That is why some spaceships are also named as Voyager because spaceships travel in space. And so are grade 5 students who travel through the world of knowledge.
Grade 6 - Explorers
This is the class that I am learning now. As the senior most class, we will be leaving the school very soon. So before leaving, we are learning and exploring many things to train ourselves. We always have to become role models for the people around us. We are wanderers, and that is why we are called Grade 6 Explorers!
Did you like my post? Tell me which class name you liked the best? Do you have a class name? Do you know the meaning of it? Please tell me anything in the commenting section!
Hi Again! This time, I made a video which includes some comment starters and my feelings about commenting. Hope you will enjoy!
Just in case if you want to know what my comment guidelines are, check my other video in the 'how to comment post.'
Hello everyone! Today, I am going to tell you who I commented on for this week and why I commented on them. Please click the colored words to visit each post, or the blog.
Game 1 : As mentioned in Ms. W's post, I visited some blogs from student/class lists and commented on some posts.
Let me take my comment number one as an example. Please have a look at the order of the each colored word. As you can see, the first word is Global Explorers. Next one is Ella and the last colored one is Danika. It means that I went to Global Explorers' blog first, which is count one, and from there I chose Ella's blog, which is count two, and I found Danika's blog from Ella's blogroll, count three. For my last step, which is about selecting and commenting in one of Danika's interesting posts, I have included three links below there, because she has many posts about the same topic. I think you got the idea about what I am trying to explain.
1. Global Explorers> Ella> Danika> Posts about Cruel Circuses and animals
Danika's posts were about cruel circuses. In her posts, she has mentioned how she feels about elephants, who are getting hurt by circus people. She has included an email address of them and asked others to help her save the elephants. So in my comment, I mentioned that how I feel about the problem and I will do whatever I can do to help her. I especially commented on her posts because they were really inspirational and she was a role model regarding that problem.
2. Mrs. Thomas> Ashley> Katie> Free choice, Guinea Pigs
Katie's post was all about her pets, cute Guinea Pigs! I didn't know anything about Guinea Pigs before reading her post. Her post was well written in an interesting way. So in my comment, I asked her why she chose guinea pigs among other cute pets like rabbits and cats. After giving her a compliment, I asked her to recommend a suitable pet for me.
3. Mr. Geiman > Leila > Ella > The quiz
This time, I commented on Ella's post because of her enjoyable singular nouns to plural nouns game. How can I not comment on something that I really enjoyed? Additionally, I got the perfect score also! So that is why I commented on that post. After giving a compliment, I asked her two questions. I asked her about the application she used to create the game, and I also asked her how did she upload it in her blog.
As mentioned in Ms. W's post, I visited some posts from flipboard and commented on them.
Well, in this game also, it follows the same order and the rule. First word is the blog link, and the second one is post link.
1. McDowell Media> A shoe for me
This time, the post was a story about a shoemaker called Sasha and her missing dog called Soda. I commented on that post because as I read it through, I was really stuck to the story because of the writer's own unique style of writing. I don't know how, but I felt like a character of that story and I was really curious. So I think you got what I mean. When I commented on it, I mentioned which parts of the story attracted me. I also added a compliment in it.
2. Jagga > JagArts
That post was all about singing, which I love to do! In the post, Jagga has described about JagArts, which is an art exhibition for all sorts of arts. As she said, this year, she sang a song called Summertime Sadness by Lana Del Ray with her friends, Jennifer and Gabby. She has mentioned about her stage fright and how she came over it. So I consider her post as an encouraging post. That is why I commented on it. In my comment, I gave her a compliment and mentioned how I am connected with it because we both have something in common, which is singing.
3. Lucie > The bird flew in the wind
How can I ever forget Lucie's wonderful story? It was a great combination of sadness and the happiness of freedom. It is about a girl named Ella and her dreams. I really like her imagined picture of the swing! What did you say? You have no idea about what I am talking about? You need me to tell more? Well, I am not going to tell you anymore about it, because you must really visit her blog and check it out. In my comment, I told her that she is a great writer. I also told her what I felt about the story.
Well, that is all I commented during this week...... Hope you will leave a comment for me! Bye!
Yes, I am very proud to be a Sri Lankan.
You might haven't noticed my country on the world map since it is really small. But it exists, just below India. Wait a second! Did I just go out of the topic?
Let me get back to the topic. Did you know that our country is called "The pearl of the Indian Ocean" because of its natural beauty? Sri Lanka is also called "The Tear of the Indian Ocean" because of its shape and location. And it is also known as "The nation of smiling people," because we smile a lot! Well, I am a good example of that. How can I not be proud of those beautiful names?
What did you say? Is that the only reason I am proud to be a Sri Lankan? Of course not. We have a well-known female runner Susanthika Jayasinghe. She really runs as fast as wind. She won many medals for our country during Olympic Games and brought pride to our country.
But our professional cricket players’ achievements can also not be forgotten. Sri Lanka registered its first ODI win against India at Manchester, England in 16 June, 1979. We also won the 1996 Cricket World Cup. We were co-champions in 2002 ICC Champions Trophy and we also became five times Asian champions in 1986, 1997, 2004, 2008 and 2014, which makes me feel so proud.
Do you drink tea? Sri Lanka is renowned for its high quality tea and is the fourth biggest tea producing country globally, after China, India and Kenya. It is best known in the world market for the production of tasty, traditional tea. Our pure "Ceylon Tea" is considered as some of the finest tea produced anywhere in the world!
I almost forgot that indigenous medicines are a huge part of our culture. Believe it or not, our traditional medicines can save many people's lives! No wonder, those are fully made from the resources of the nature, such as, leaves, roots, fruits etc. Very honestly, our traditional medicines can beat all the modern doctors’ medicines, and help people cure their diseases like cancer. If you ask me how, I think that is the miracle of the nature!
And last but not the least, I am proud to be a citizen of an independent country. After many years of struggle, our country gained independence from Britain in February 4, 1948.
Which country you are from? Are you proud to be a citizen of that country? I don't need so much details, just give me one reason when you comment about my post!
If you want to know more unique things about Sri Lanka, visit these links.....
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Hello Everyone! Today, I am going to tell you about one of my favorite places around the world. 5 years ago, when I was about 7 years old, I visited an amazing place called 'Horton Plains,' which is located in central highlands of Sri Lanka. Me and my family went there early in the morning hoping to see all the things, but since it was a bit foggy and misty, we couldn't see anything clearly. However, we didn't have to wait that longer, because the sun shone brightly after few minutes, making the mist run away. Do you want to know about its weather? Well then, imagine of the cold wind passing by, making you feel like you are flying in the sky!
I have heard that there are many types of species in Horton Plains, but unluckily, all I saw was a huge Sri lankan sambar deer, who was sneaking around to steal our food, a purple faced monkey, and a grizzled giant squirrel who is the national animal of Sri Lanka. I am sure that you are going to love the plants such as forest canopy, myrtaceae, lauraceae, orchidaceae and ochlandra.
There are 2 wonderful waterfalls that I have seen in Horton Plains. Baker's Falls is the waterfall formed by Belihul water stream, a tributary of the Walawe river is named after Sir Samuel Baker, a hunter and explorer, who attempted to establish a European agricultural settlement at Nuwara Eliya. Baker falls are 20 meters high. Slab Rock Falls is the other waterfall which is also well known in Horton Plains. But honestly, I like Baker Falls than the Slab Rock Falls.
Have you ever seen to the end of the world? Of course you can't see, because our planet is round. But in Horton Plains, you can see the end of the world! Don't believe me? Read more to know about it. In Horton Plains, there is a place called 'World's End.' It is a sheer cliff, with a drop of about 4,000 feet! You can have a fantastic view from up there. Well, I wasn't that brave enough to go to the edge and see it, even if my parents told me that it is perfect. Did I mention that I am afraid of heights? If you are also scared, you can simply go to the Small World's End. It is 1 km away from the main cliff and it is a smaller cliff with a 1,000 feet drop.The Indian Ocean, which is 81 km away to the south, can be seen on clear days from there.
I enjoyed my visit so much! If you want to have a great experience just like me, go ahead and visit Horton Plains. How did you like my post? Don't forget to share your great thoughts with me!
Do you know how to comment on my blog?
If not, no need to worry. Because I am going to teach you how to do it.
First, choose the post that you want to comment on. Then, look for the word 'comment.'
Every post has two places to comment. First place is located just a bit below the title of my post. Second place is, at the end of the post. When you click the word 'comment,' it will take you to another page. You will be able to see all the comments and replies for that post. If you go down just a little bit more, you will be able to see a form called, leave a reply. Fill each detail in the each respective section.
Do you have a trouble of visiting my blog again and seeing the reply to your comment?
Don't worry, there is an easy way. Just click on the box beside 'notify me of new comments to this post by email.' You will get my reply easily through gmail! Then, simply submit it.
If you want to reply to someone's comment, click reply button, which is located below the comment.
Then you will get another form called, leave a reply. Just fill it and submit it. There you go, you learned everything about how to comment on my blog!
Week 2, Activity 2 - How to write a good comment?
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