Plenty of teachers have either heard of or tried having a stuffed classroom pet that travels home with students and asking children to write about the animal's adventure away from school. Some commonly used ideas that tie in with class read-alouds are: Flat Stanley, Tacky the Penguin, or The World According to Humphrey. Mrs. Woody has put a 21st century spin on a journal going home with students and she is asking that kids blog about the animal's experience. Her first grade students take a photo of themselves with the pet and then email the photo along with a message to the student-run blog. What a fantastic way for students to see a real purpose for blogging!