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It is the time to nominate my favorite blog, and the moment I feared the most.
You might be thinking, why am I scared to reveal my feelings? Don't I have the freedom to express them?
Throughout the adventurous journey of blogging which was created by Ms. W, I have made various friends from many different nations. Just as I told you before in my previous posts, I love making new friends. But I have a fear that I might lose them by my decision on my favorite blog. Will I hurt their feelings?
I know that there are many talented bloggers who are participating in the challenge. But my favorite blog must be filled with many interesting posts and I must have a great connection with that person. So after considering these two things, I was able to make my decision a bit easier.
Even so, I still wish that I was granted to choose 4 great blogs, because I do have 4 great friends who are very close to my heart as if they are my sisters. I really mean it, because I spent days to make my decision, since they are really important and friendly to me. Choosing one of them is not very easy! They are, Summer, Dakota, Lucie, and Danika.
Let me tell you just a little bit more about my 4 special friends. If I am not mistaken, Summer is a 4th grader from Pennsylvania, while Dakota is a 5th grader from Australia. And Lucie is a 9th grader from Belgium, while Danika is a 6th grader, just like me.
As I told you before, the student blogging challenge was a great help to meet new friends, no matter whatever their age and nationality is. That is how I met all of you, my dear friends! I was talking about my special friends right? Well, all my 4 special friends are very amazing and have their own unique way of writing. Many of their posts are featured in Flipboard, which proves that they are great bloggers. The most important thing that I like about them is, they comment back on whoever leaves a comment with a blog URL. Believe me, their comments are always great! I think you can understand why it is hard for me to choose one of them.
But anyways, I have to choose one right? If I really have to, I would choose Summer. I hope I didn't hurt your feelings, my other three friends!
Summer is a person who always has many interesting posts to comment on, and also the first overseas friend I made. She inspires me always by using her cool way of writing. To me, she is my guide for blogging. Her blog is the best example I could ever think of. So by considering all these reasons, I think she is suitable to be nominated for the Edublogs Award. Her blog link is - http://blog.elanco.org/stern338/
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Hello my Dear Adventurers! Have you ever visited a waterfall?
Some of you might find it boring, while others might think it is so interesting. Even I did not like waterfalls before. But it was all until one day, I saw the most beautiful place on Earth, a waterfall.
Turquoise water, its icy coldness, the way it was falling, it took me to a magical world of imagination. Such a place is always covered with trees, and everywhere you look, you will see an amazing sight. The breeze will pass by, tiny droplets of water will drizzle on you, while filling your heart with delight.
The waterfall I visited is Kuang si, located near Luang Prabang, Laos. Don’t believe me? Yes, in Laos it is, the most beautiful place on Earth. Kuang si is the home to many different species, the empire of beautiful nature.
There are many ways to get there, but I used a tuk tuk. Do you know the vehicle with three wheels? That is a tuk tuk. For me, it is the best way because it shakes on bumpy grounds and bolts through the wind. It is really fun! Shaking and bolting through the cold wind! It is also the cheapest way to get there and takes about one hour to reach there, since it is about 30 kilometers from the town. But I recommend you to take another transportation if you are not comfortable with bumpy vehicles. And if you are visiting this place, make sure you have a lot of time to spend! It is a magical world with many wonders, so you might need a lot of time!
Compared to many other countries, Laos citizens smile a lot. I wonder why they are not famous for smiling! For Sri Lanka and Thailand, they are well known for smiling. So why not Laos? Oh yes! I almost forgot! The currency of Laos is Laotian Kip, but in my opinion, paying in Dollars or Thai Baht feels like saving your money! For one person, it equals 20000 kip for the entrance fee, which is equal to 2.44 US dollars. Cheaper than you thought, right?
What was I talking about? Oh yes, I was talking about Kuang Si Falls! Before you go to Kuang Si Falls, please ensure that you have a good camera. Or else you will easily get into trouble of getting great photos. If not, even though the place is beautiful, your photos will not look great!
On your way to the waterfall, make sure you also stop by the Kuang Si Bear Rescue Center and spend some time to differentiate Noy, Deng, and others among their friends. It will be really fun!
For the people who love to swim, I think Kuang Si is a great place, because it is a cascading waterfall which consists of many stages. And almost everywhere you can swim! Imagine yourself floating on top of beautiful turquoise water, which shines when the sun is present. Imagine yourself shining like a star in the glory of the sun! Wow! Well, for swimmers who are not that experienced for swimming, it can be a bit dangerous, because the water gets deeper as you go further. So if you are not that good at swimming, please be careful! Do not let the floating water carry you away! You must also be careful when you are near water because the ground can be very slippery and cause accidents. Also beware of the rocks when you are inside the water, or else you will hurt yourself.
And you might want to bring something hot to drink after you swim, because the water is freezing cold and I shivered a lot! A hot cocoa or a hot cup of tea will be godlike at an instance like that! Or else you will still feel like you are surrounded by millions of ice cubes!
Are you a tall person? Well, you will feel yourself very tiny compared to the giant trees. There are also some bridges on the way, and you will really enjoy crossing them, just like I did. Kuang Si Falls are really long and beautiful!
As you go through, you will see some old tree trunks which are laid on the ground. Well, that is the rule of nature, right? Even though they are dead, they can still be useful by being great compost for the next generation of plants. Not only that, they also increase the natural beauty by adding different colors to their surroundings.
Did I tell you anything about a fish spa? Oh sorry, I haven’t. Well, if you stand still in the water for few minutes, you will feel ticklish. Do not be scared, it is just the little fish around you.
How can I ever forget that wonderful experience? I can still feel the cold wind passing by. I can still hear the beautiful song of the birds, like they were sung for me only. The water seemed to be a floating turquoise satin which was threaded with silver. Some plants seemed to be resting on the nature's bed. The mist made me feel like I am lost, which created a great adventure. At some places, the water was pounding on to rocks, which was trying to match to my heartbeat. For one second or two, I wanted to be a fully bloomed butterfly, to fly around and drink some tasty nectar from the flowers. But then, everything would look enormous and I would be surrounded by predators! Then I was happy for being a human. Well, if you are lucky you will be able to see beautiful butterflies near the falls. I saw a tiny white one! I was lucky, aren't I? I really feel like I belong there, under the glory of the sun, along with the wonders of nature.
I think I don't need to tell you more about this place, because you must really go there and have the wonderful experience by yourself. Do you have any questions or tips? Please feel free to share with me in the commenting section!
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!
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