A fresh canvas, an empty page, a blank screen; these await inspiration and have boundless potential!
Teachers are constantly searching for new activities and writing topics for their students to fill that blank screen or empty page. Look no further. We have found the month of March to hold a wealth of great topics for discussion. In particular, its variety of widely celebrated, and often peculiar, holidays serve as great starting points to intriguing, in depth, or just down right funny conversations and projects. Below are some ideas for blogging in March, broken down by grade level.
International Woman’s Day – March 8
- Students write about or draw a picture of a woman in their life that they appreciate and how they are inspired by this role model.
- Discuss influential women in history and have the students write about what they learned. Students can also focus on one to write a post about.
- Discuss how gender stereotypes can be harmful and have students post about 10 things they identify with boys versus girls: 5 traditionally “girly” activities, emotions, etc., and 5 traditionally “boyish” (e.g. student likes the color pink or video games).
- Students learn about the history of women’s day and research an influential woman. Post about an important woman of their choosing and what they learned in their research.
- Ask students why equality matters to them and have them share their thoughts in an essay, art project, presentation or video and share with the class on a blog.
- Ask students to brainstorm some common gender stereotypes and suggest ideas for overcoming them in a post or comment on a teacher’s post.
- Have students write about the advancements in woman’s rights and what they as students can do in their own lives to continue to advance equality.
- Have students identify role models who have defied gender stereotypes to achieve success and write about their achievements. Comment on each others’ work.
- Invite a guest speaker from a local service or development organization to talk to students about the challenges facing women and what can be done to help them.
International Question Day – March 14
- Writing Prompt: What do you wish you knew more about and why?
- Have students post an “Ask me anything!”. Have each student then go and comment on 5 different students’ posts 5 different questions you want to know about them. Only 5 comments per student post (so no favorites), no repeating questions per post, and you must answer honestly. Ensure you have rules around asking too private/personal questions- i.e. “What’s your biggest secret.”. Teacher moderation tools will be helpful for approving comments here.
- Give students a list of would you rather questions with impossible answers, have them pick one to answer and go into further detail (e.g. Would you rather fly or read minds? Would you rather travel in time only to the past or only to the future?).
- Writing prompt: If you could ask any person in this world (alive or dead) one question, who would you pick and what would you ask?
- Ask your students a big question (What is the meaning of life?, What makes us human?) and have them answer in their own posts. Encourage them to write as much as possible about their answer, and back it up with evidence. Why do they feel this way? After writing, have them read each other’s post and have a class discussion around 5 posts students found interesting that were different from their own opinions.
- “He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever” – Chinese proverb- Discuss the importance of asking questions- to learn, to innovate, to grow- and have students give examples of blockers that keep them from asking questions, and techniques for overcoming those obstacles.
- Writing prompt: Discuss a time someone asked a question that changed the course of history and have students ask a question they’re curious about (i.e. Newton: “Why does an apple fall from a tree but, why does the moon not fall into the Earth?” Darwin: “Why do the Galapagos Islands have so many species not found elsewhere?” Jimmy “Why do so many people hate to exercise when it gives them endorphins?”).
- Science question: Nature Vs. Nurture – which is more influential? Have students answer in a blog post comment and back their reasoning with research evidence.
- Open blog post with a question: Have students open their blog posts for the day with a question. If you’re looking for a topic- have them write about their morning routine.
St. Patrick’s Day – March 17
- Writing Prompt: Write about a time you felt lucky.
- Write about how you would catch a leprechaun or what gold you would keep at the end of the rainbow.
- Math prompt: Use chocolate gold coins to assist with math problems (addition, subtraction, etc). Take before/after pictures and post answers to problems in comments.
- Learn about how St.Patrick’s day is celebrated and create crafts. Share your craft on KB and comment on your classmates’ crafts.
- Picture Prompt: give each student a different St. Patrick’s day related illustration or photograph and ask them to write a story about whats going on in the image.
- Celtic Knots: learn how to create using a how-to via the teacher post, and have kids comment with pictures of their completed knots.
- Plan ahead: Have students cook a traditional Irish recipe for their family. They will take a picture of the finished product and post about their experience with cooking the food, and opinions on how it turned out in the end, if their family liked it, etc.
- Potato science project: Potatoes came from Ireland, so it’s a fun way to incorporate some learning into this day. How many potatoes will it take to power a lightbulb? Split the class into groups and have them share their learning (with photos) on a post.
- Storytime: Many Irish tales were passed down through spoken word. Have students look into and pick one of these globally famous myths and legends, and have them practice telling it aloud to the class.
Earth Hour- March 24
- The class is held “in the dark” (lights mostly or completely off). Students learn about conserving energy to help the environment. Students write about 5 choices they will make to help the environment moving forward (always recycle plastic water bottles, never litter, turn lights off in room at home when not using, etc.)
- Discuss activities you can do in the dark, and have the students post about energy efficient activities they like to participate in at home (playing outdoors, playing board games, etc).
- Turn “Earth Hour” into a solar system activity. Assigning each ‘hour’ of the day to a body in our solar system (will need to include moons/sun).
- Each student gets assigned a landmark that participates in Earth Hour. They’re responsible for researching why that landmark is important and what other sustainable choices that landmark participates in, and posting their findings. Then they’re required to comment on 3 other students’ posts with questions or comments about how the landmarks are similar.
- Each student is to create a cut out of an endangered animal, post a picture of their cut out and a photograph of the actual animal on a blog post. They can talk about what the animal is, how long it’s been endangered, and where to donate to help endangered animals. All the cut-outs will go into a mural to be hung in the school. Make sure posts are public so other classes can learn more about the animals they’re interested in.
- Discuss renewable energy in a lesson: Wind, water, solar etc. Have them pick a favorite renewable source and write about where in their life they could see this source of energy more utilized.
- Students are to run a fundraiser promoting sustainable choices: students bring in and sell goods made from recycled materials. They will record and promote their experience through a public blog post.
- Use Earth Hour’s FAQs: Assign students each a different FAQ to research and answer in a blog post. Have them present their findings to the class in a post, as well as make commentary on what they think about their findings and if it’s made them think of ways to be more energy conscious.
- Research a company that uses sustainable energy sources. Create a post utilizing this research. Have students explore and explain how they can use this renewable resource in a company they are interested in building in the future.