Lesson Plan

I Blog, You Blog, We Blog

Students will publish their thoughts on the web and collaborate with each other.
Lisa O.
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P.S. 102 Jacques Cartier
New York, NY
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math
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Students will be able to...

  • Understand what a blog is.
  • Look at and discuss examples of different blogs.
  • Look at and discuss examples of replies to posts on blogs. 
  • Identify what positive and supportive feedback looks like.
  • Create a blog post.
  • Reply to a blog post from another student and give supportive feedback, and/or offer suggestions.
  • Understand that they are writing for a real audience.
English Language Arts
forming arguments
writing clearly
English Language Learning
Grades 2 - 5
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1 Hook

Students will watch a short movie on Blogging with Tim and Mobi, where they will show how online blogs work,  how people use blog sites to try to get discovered and how blogging got started.


2 Direct Instruction

  • Students will view and explore 2 blogs written by children.
  • Open the link for the blog " Musings from 9 Year-Old Mara".
  • Go over one of the posts and the comments, so students become acquainted to what a blog looks like.
  • Open the link for the blog  "Would you rather be a blogger or a doctor?"
  • Go over one of the posts and the comments, to once again get students acquainted to the blog structure.

There are more resources from Scholastic Here:

How to use Blogs Grades 3-5 , with rules for Blogging and a Rubric.


3 Guided Practice

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  • Make a class blog on either KidBlog or Blogger. If your school is a GAFE School, I suggest Blogger since it's part of Google.
  • Write a blog post to demonstrate how it's done. Have a couple of students come up with possible comments. Type the comments so they see what it looks like.
  • Explain that for now students will post on the Class Blog while making sure they write their names so everybody knows who posted and replied.
  • At some point you might want to make accounts for your students.

4 Independent Practice

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  • Students will write a brief blog  post, with a comment, a thought, an idea or a question.
  • Each student will write a supportive comment to at least 3 classmates' posts.
Student Instructions
  1. Write a brief blog post. Think of something that interests you, that you wonder about, that might bother you, that you are curious about... and post it in your blog. It can be a statement, a comment, a thought or a question. It should have an opening sentence, 3 supporting details and end up with a concluding statement or a question.
  2. Read at least 3 of your classmates blogs.
  3. Write a supportive comment of their blog post. You don't have to agree with them but you need to be respectful. 

How to write a supportive comment/ reply:

  1. Start with a greeting, say hi!
  2. Give the writer a compliment :  

    That was a great idea, because....
    I agree with you because .....

  3. Make a connection with the writer:  I wonder about that too, because ...., I don't agree with you because......, but I think you made a great point because.....Have you ever wondered about.....
  4. Ask the writer a question.
  5. Sign your name
  6. Proofread what you write before you submit it.


5 Group Share

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  • Share with the class what the students posted and the comments that were made.
  • Go over the different types of posts, so students can see the different types of writing ( statements, comments, questions).

6 Wrap-Up

  • Create a Google Form as an assessment or exit slip.
  • Get an idea of their understanding and what might be your next steps.
  • Some questions you may ask  on your exit slip are:
  1.  What is a blog?
  2. Why do people write blogs? - to entertain, - to inform, to teach, to solve a problem, - to encourage discussion, - all of the above.
  3. What makes a blog different from other webpages?