The Smoking Curse by Yoav
Have you ever thought to yourself "Should I be smoking cigarettes?" The answer is NO ... it's bad for you health, it causes pollution for our planet, and it's bad for people in your surroundings.
You rush home. You plop down on your bed. You take out your favorite fiction book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Then suddenly you remember your parents telling you fiction is a true waste of your time. You shake off that thought like a dog shaking off water. Then suddenly your mom's voice is ringing in your ears. "I know you're reading fiction; how many times do I have to tell you, fiction is a true waste of time!" Or is it, Mom? I strongly believe reading fiction is not a waste of time. I think this because fiction is fun, it builds big minds and imaginations, and it also is the perfect place to find juicy vocabulary and great story plots.
Did you see that kid bully another student? Kids don't have any social skills these days. This could be different if kids had more time to practice being social. In fact, kids need enough time to learn to get along. Let me give you ideas about why longer recess will make education better. It will convince you that longer recess will help, not hurt, kids' learning at school.
Lego for Girls? By Jake
_You open a box of new Lego ... finding only pink and purple Legos. Oh no! Girl Lego? The Lego company is planning on coming out with a new set of Lego this month that are designed just for girls called Lego Friends. They will have different colors and minifigures than the regular Legos. I don't think girls should have their own Lego because Lego is particularly for boys, if girl Lego doesn't work it will be a waste of money for the company, and girls are not going to know that there is a Lego made for them.
The Class 344 Writers
These third graders have some strong opinions and they are not afraid to share them. Read on for their opinions on all sorts of topics ranging from dodgeball to feminism. Then PLEASE share your thoughts in the comments sections below the posts. The writers would love to know whether you agree or disagree with their points of view. All respectfully worded opinions are welcome! Let the debates begin...