Spring 2014 Edublogs Challenge – Week 5

Posted: April 4, 2014 in Edublogs Challenge, Uncategorized

Welcome to the Cougar News Blog! We are very happy to be hosting this week’s challenge on our site. The activities were all designed by Cactus Canyon Journalism students and we hope you enjoy them. Please feel free introduce yourself in our “Questions for Edublogs Visitors” section. We’d love to know who is visiting us.


This week’s topic is all about memories. Whether they are good memories or bad, they come from the experiences in our lives that shape the people we are and who we continue to become. As you choose your activity – and which memories you write about – think about the impact those experiences have had on your life and the lessons you’ve learned from them.

1. What is your favorite childhood memory? Was it baking cookies with Grandma or visiting the community pool during the hot summers? Write a script and act out your memory with a few classmates in a short video of 2-3 minutes.

2. If you had to trash 2-3 memories to clear storage in your brain, what memories would you permanently delete? Write three detailed paragraphs why you chose that memory/memories to delete?

3. Who have you shared many memories with growing up? Create a slideshow comparing and contrasting two memories you’ve shared with one person, one good memory and one bad.

4. In your own words (not a dictionary) describe what memories mean to you and how they can affect people’s attitude, thought process, etc.

5. Create a comic strip with images that represent one of the strongest memories in your life.

6. Write a post that shows how one of your memories – even one from a long time ago – helps you make a decision today. Maybe it’s mistake you made and don’t want to make again, or perhaps a positive feeling you got from an act of kindness. Post your message in the comments below.

  1. […] you go, click on this link to go to this week’s […]

  2. […] task is optional. It was written by a group of student bloggers.  The full details are on their Cougar News blog .  I have copied the details below […]

    • Michele says:

      One of the mostly used memories is the one that i had at a kid which explains why i wear my contacts. I rarely remember any of my younger kid self years but, the one that stands out the most to me is when i came to school for the first time in glasses and that day people pushed me over, called me names, my hair was pulled, hair was cut, and my friends didn’t want to be my friend because they thought i wasn’t beautiful with glasses. When i got the chance this summer i got contacts because i’m afraid that will happen again. Sense that terrible memory my biggest fear is to wear glasses in my mind glasses are one of the biggest problems in my life.

  3. […] task is optional. It was written by a group of student bloggers.  The full details are on their Cougar News blog .  I have copied the details below […]

  4. […] memories, and all were created by a pretty awesome group of junior high journalists. Check it out here. I have also copied the details below. Don’t forget to go back to the original challenge post […]

  5. Mrs. Rombach says:

    I am excited to share this week’s challenge with my band of sixth graders. A great place to create a comic strip is http://www.bitstrips.com, if any of the visiting guest bloggers are searching for a source. In addition, I look forward to spending a little time exploring your blog, which I haven’t visited before. Congrats on your recognition!

    Mrs. Rombach
    Leesburg, VA

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  7. evanetiley says:

    when I was playing hockey I carried the puck in front of our team’s net and they took the puck from my and scored:(. now when I play hockey I always carry the puck up the boards. now I don’t let them score.

  8. sulaman says:

    what my favorite memorie was when i was learning how to to play basketball/Football it was very cool i went in a league and i had so much fun people where nice but it was very hard because of practice and i had to work like so hard. that whats my favorite memorie

  9. Nathan says:

    Some memories from a long time ago have many mistakes. I learn from those mistakes to make my decisions correct and to be sure I don’t mess up. Since I hunt, You always want to be sure what you are shooting at and that you know what your surroundings are. If you don’t take this into serious thought, it could get you into trouble and could very well kill someone who wasn’t expecting it.

  10. Corey says:

    Activity 6: What I have learned from past memories is to always think before you do. Find all the possible outcomes and choose the one that you want to be in your future. It might not go exactly the way you want but it will most definitely give you a bright future if you do this ll the time.
    For the rest of my post and message go to my blog at http://corey110gst.edublogs.org/

  11. […] you go, click on this link to go to this week’s […]

  12. Ellie says:

    Activity 6. What I have learned anything from my past memories is that always have a filter and to always be nice to people even if you don’t like them. They could become your future boss!

  13. […] memories, and all were created by a pretty awesome group of junior high journalists. Check it out here. I have also copied the details below. Don’t forget to go back to the original challenge post […]

  14. Anthony says:

    My name is Anthony and I am from Mrs.Donofrio’s class. I am choosing the favorite childhood memory. My favorite childhood memory is probably going on my third or fourth cruise with my mom and dad because we had a great time and shared a magical experience on the Disney Cruise ship. My favorite of that cruise that I can remember is probably when I went up and down the waterslides. What is your favorite childhood memory?

    • Holly says:

      Hi Anthony! Thank you for commenting your favorite memory on our post. I’ve always wanted to go on a cruise they sound like so much fun! My favorite childhood memory would be going with my two best friends to Miley Cyrus’s BANGERZ tour. It was an exhilarating experience.

  15. Johnnyhk says:

    I like this challenge! Congradulations on the medals. I have to finish this comment when I get home from school see you soon

  16. Erichk says:

    Cool challenge! Love the medals

  17. Raina says:

    Hi there. My favorite childhood memory was when I went to Maine with my family. We had just gotten our dog, Bentley, and I was seven. I had a great time. We climbed mountains, picnicked, and even had lunch at a crab shack on a dark, foggy day. We had to get back to our RV, so I had to hop on my dad’s shoulders and flag down a scat bus. It took a while because it was foggy. When we returned to the RV, there was a big, black dog sitting at the door. I couldn’t keep him, but I named him Shadow anyway. That is one of my favorite childhood memories. What was a place that you visited with your family where you made some memories? Come check out my blog at http://www.rainacysblog.edublogs.org. Bye!

  18. Matthew says:

    Activity 6: Hi my name is Matthew I’m part of the Student Blogging Challenge, I’m a member of Hey Kid’s my teacher Mrs. Donofrio’s blog. One memory I remember that taught me what not to do was, when I was walking around at this adventure park called Six Flag’s. I was with my friend and we were short so we couldn’t see so we stuck our heads through these wooden poles and got our heads stuck. So now I know not to stick my head in places they shouldn’t.

  19. Ellie says:

    Hello, my name is Eliana, I am also in Ms. Donofrio’s class. I am doing what I have learned from my past memories. I learned that if you don’t be careful of what you say, only if it was just a tease, you still can hurt someone’s feelings. Also to have a filter. If you say a word that is offensive to anyone, they could always think of you like that, no matter how many good things you do. They could always think of you as mean or bad-mannered. Have you learned anything from your past memories?

  20. Dan Dominguez says:

    Challenge 6. My name is Dan. I am doing a past memory that I can learn from. It was during my school baseball game and It was a tied game in extra innings. I came in a made the mistake of a high fastball and the kid hit it to deep center. It was the worst feeling ever because that was my lst game as a Rocket. The season was over.

    • Alysa says:

      I appreciate you sharing that memory. I know it must have been hard on you, but that’s the thing about memories – you learn from them! I hope all goes well for you with baseball! Thanks for commenting!

  21. Pranav R. says:

    When I went to a summer camp on a certain day… It was awesome. See more about it at my blog; http://lookatthisawesomeness.edublogs.org/

  22. Alice says:

    Hi there! I’m Alice! I’m participating in the Student Blogging Challenge. I like your ideas and the fact that your a cool class blog! Come check out my blog at http://writingfrommyheart.edublogs.org

  23. Paige says:

    # 6. A great memory of mine is when I was in swim class and had to get the courage to dive off the diving board. After , I felt great. Being able to accomplish that gives me the strength to try anything.

  24. Megan says:

    My name is Megan, and I am also in Mrs. Donofrio’s class. I would probably have to pick Challenge 1, because it seems like it would be really fun. My favorite childhood memory would have to be baking sweets with my dad at Christmas Time. I’ve have been doing it for as long as I can remember, and it’s kind of like a tradition now. We make all sorts of thing like Rum Balls, Chex Mix, and my all time favorite, Peanut Butter Fudge. If you had to pick one of the challenges, which one would you choose and why? Come visit my blog at meganbsblog.edublogs.org. Hope to hear from you soon!

    • Alysa says:

      Thank you for replaying! You should make a video about that experience and share it with us. I’m actually working on Challenge 1 with two of my friends; we are making a video about our favorite memories. I’d love to check out your blog. Thanks again! – Cougar News Blog Editor

  25. […] you go, click on this link to go to this week’s […]

  26. We chose to do cartoons about our memories, whether they were good ones or bad ones. But in the end, we reaslised that when you have a memory that makes you sad, you can think about the good times before that.

    Please have a look at our cartoons and leave some comments!

    Miss Toma and Grade 2 (Western Australia)


  27. […] Blog Challenge week 5 assignment has been set by Cougar News Blog, an amazing blog. They had some great activity ideas, but I have changed them up a little bit for […]

  28. Holly says:

    Activity 6: A very strong memory of mine would have to be when one night I stayed home with my two older brothers while our parents went out for the evening with friends. At one point in the night someone was sitting in our driveway trying to get us to answer the door but we knew that it was not safe, so we called our neighbors to come get us. Once he got tired of waiting for us to come out he sat in his car for awhile and then left before our neighbors had the chance to come grab us. This experience taught me to always be cautious of your surroundings and never open the door to strangers, especially if you’re home alone.

  29. […] Blog Challenge week 5 assignment has been set by Cougar News Blog, an amazing blog; make sure to check it out. Write a post (or posts) about memories and include […]

  30. Jannat says:

    Activity 6: A memory of mine that I believe helped me make a better decision today would be when crossing roads. When I was 5 years old, I tend to walk ahead from my family and one day, I tried walking across the street to get home. Getting home, I had to walk across a road. When I did, I didn’t pay attention if there were any cars coming. I ran across the road and my dad was catching up to me along with my mom. He caught me in the middle of the road and ran across the road along with cars coming from each side. I am very thankful for my dad because I could have gotten injured or even killed on that day if it wasn’t for him. Watch both road and cross when it’s clear is a great decision I made from this horrifying memory. I also believe that this memory truly helped me make a better decision today

  31. Cassidy says:

    Memories could be good or bad. Whether the memory was falling of your bike or opening your favorite toy on Christmas. But memories all mean something to someone. To me memories mean something you want to remember or wish to forget.
    Memories could also affect people’s attitude. When they think of something good they could be in a happier mood, or at least put a smile on their face. One time I was in class and I thought of something my mom said the day before and almost started laughing. Just one thing I remembered changed my mood for the whole entire day. But when they think of a bad memory, their attitude could completely turn around. It could change in an instant. I remember this one time I was hanging out with my friends and one of them said something that reminded me of a hard time my family went through and it was hard to forget about it and it ruined most of my day. See just like that you could go from having fun and talking to your friends to being sad and ignoring everyone around you.
    Even though some memories are bad, we should focus on your best memories you’ve had. If you keep thinking of stuff that happened in the past and you keep dwelling on it, it won’t make it go away and it will just make you depressed. But if you think about the good memories you had, you will feel happier and be in a better mood.
    To me memories are something that happened in the past.

  32. I am doing challenge 6 and my name is Quynten.
    My favorite memory is going to the Space Needle in Seattle,Wa. It is my favorite memory because it is about 600 feet in the air and so much fun. It is even more fun because there is a resteraunt there also. It is a good memory because it is amazing to see the whole town of Seattle,Wa. I remember once when i was about 6 or 7, I went with my dad and we watched a gu sky dive of the top onto a big balloon it was so cool. These are the reason why the Space Needle is my favorite memory.

  33. bookworm1123 says:

    A long time ago, I had an encounter with a bully. I was maybe 5 or 6 and saw someone being bullied. I had never encountered something like that, I did nothing. I am older, know what bullies are, and every time I see someone being bullied, I get help. I learned this, and am doing it for as long as it happens.

  34. bookworm1123 says:

    I was 5 or 6 at the time when I saw someone being bullied. I didn’t know what was happening, so I did nothing. I regret that decision but whenever I see it happening, I get help. That encounter changed my way of thinking forever.

  35. […] students from Cactus Canyon, Arizona ran one of the challenge weeks during the March challenges. Check it out here for an example of what can be […]

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