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Sentence Contest – Week Nine

Another week has come and gone, with less than two weeks of school remaining. It’s hard to believe that my last days as a classroom teacher are going by so quickly. There’s so much I still want us to do!

I was thinking that this would be our last sentence contest, but I’m going to plan on doing at least one more. We may write our sentences on Friday so that we can give everyone plenty of time for voting. Keep an eye out!

Last week’s winning sentence:

The ferocious lion roared into the air, as his golden mane flowed around his face, challenging anyone who dared come near him.

Written by Alex

This week, students were asked to rewrite the sentence “My brother cooks” to create a much more descriptive sentence. Please help us select the best sentence. Thank you!

Voting closes Thursday, May 28th, at 11:59 p.m.

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Sentence Contest – Week Eight

Since our school year is starting to wind down, there will be only two more sentence contests – this week and next week. Let me once again say how much we have appreciated your support and all of your votes these last several weeks. It’s wonderful to see students putting so much effort into their writing!

Without further ado, last week’s winning sentence was:

We all watched the thin boy, overcome with hunger, ungracefully chomp into the steaming pizza which just begged wordlessly to be eaten through the melting gooey cheese and grandma’s homemade tomato sauce that scented the air with a subtle hint of oregano.

Written by Laura

This week we are off to the savannah. Students were given the boring sentence, “The lion roared” and asked to make it much more descriptive. Please help us decide the winning sentence by voting for your favorite here:

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Sentence Contest – Week Seven

Last week’s sentence contest was the closest vote so far! The winning sentence was:

Luke ran home with tears dripping down his swollen face; his body shaking violently as his mind replayed the moment where he was shoved into a locker and teased in front of half of the student body.

Written by Lindsey

This week’s sentences may force you to run to your local pizza parlor, post haste! If you could help us with a vote this week, we would greatly appreciate it. Voting closes Thursday, May 14th, at 11:59 p.m.


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Sentence Contest – Week Six

For those who weren’t aware, yesterday was Star Wars Day…May the Fourth Be With You! So I thought I should come up with a Star Wars-themed beginning sentence for my students to work with. I had sentences that included Yoda, Darth Vader, Luke and Leia; there was even one that had Jar-Jar Binks as the subject. But knowing that I actually have a few students who have never seen any of the Star Wars movies (I know…it shocked me too!), I decided to go with “Luke ran home.”

The form for this week’s voting can be found below. We would greatly appreciate your vote by Thursday, May 7th, at 11:59 p.m. Thank you!

Last week’s winning sentence was written by Julia:

The majestic bald eagle soared slowly over the rolling hills dense with evergreen trees; gliding, dipping, and spiraling effortlessly before finally landing softly and silently on a high branch.


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Sentence Contest – Week Five

I hope last week’s contest didn’t cause too many people to quit their diets and head out to the nearest ice cream store. The voting was especially close last week, but here’s your winner:

Dark chocolate sauce dripped down the cold French vanilla ice cream, rich and creamy, with a cool, perfectly sweet dollop of whipped cream on the top, stained bright red from the Maraschino cherry that lay buried in the cream.

Written by Katie C.

This week we head outside to watch eagles soar. Won’t you please help us decide the best sentence? Thank you!

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Sentence Contest – Week Four

Many thanks again to everyone who voted in last week’s sentence contest. Students were given the sentence “The student cried.” The winning sentence was:

As she sat in the corner of the biggest bathroom stall, hugging her knees to her chest, the depressed, lonely student cried heavily, rivers of water pouring out of her mysterious, lost gray eyes and the salty drops rolling down her red face and stained cheeks.

Written by Izzy

This week I thought we’d do something just a bit different. On Saturday I went with a friend to Fenton’s Creamery in Oakland for dinner…oops, I mean for a mid-afternoon treat. My sundae was so pretty that I just had to snap a picture of it. My first thought after looking at the image…I am so totally using this for something in class. And here it is…this week’s sentence contest:

Please help us decide the winning sentence. Voting closes Thursday, April 23rd, at 11:59 p.m. Thank you!

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Sentence Contest – Week Three

Many thanks to everyone who voted in our March 30th contest! The winning sentence was:

The sunset looked as if someone grabbed a brush and mixed the most beautiful colors together and splattered if upon the sky, letting the paint drip into the ocean.

Written by Sophie.

After a lovely spring break, we are back at it and hoping you might take a moment to vote for the winning sentence. This morning I provided my students with the sentence “The student cried.” I felt it was fairly appropriate as it was our first day back from break. Can you help us with a vote?

Voting will close Thursday, April 16th, at 11:59 p.m. Thank you!

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The Results Are In

More than 100 people from around the world voted in our Photo Captions Contest last week.  I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to vote on our captions and share with you the winning captions.

Congratulations to the students whose captions were chosen!

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YouTube Space Lab

Attention Science Fans! Are you ready to go into outer space? Well, I may not be able to help you with that, but the folks at YouTube might be able to at least send one of your science experiments into space. You can find more information here: Coming to a Universe Near You.

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Photo Captions Map

In order to share with my students the number of people (and where they’re from) that voted in our Photo Captions Contest, I created a Google Map with a pin for each of the responders. I can’t wait to share this with my students!


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