Sunday, March 29, 2020

Quality Commenting Lesson

Mrs. Yollis' class is participating in the International Student Blogging Challenge!

The focus of week 2 is composing QUALITY comments!

Parts of a Blog

Blogging has many parts: the post, the comments, and the sidebar. If you do a good job with all of the parts, your blog will be more interesting. Today we will focus on quality comments! The comment section is where the blog comes to life and a learning community is built. 

Content is key!

In our class, we evaluate our blog comments. A one-point comment is a general comment that doesn't add very much to the post.   Example: I like your blog. Please visit mine! 

two-point comment adds something to the comment conversation. A commenter might compliment the writer in a specific way or add new information. Another idea is to make a connection. Maybe the post reminds you of an experience that you've had. Share that connection!  Try to end your comment with a relevant question. That way, an interesting conversation can develop.

What should I say in my comment?

Here is a video made by Mrs. Yollis' students called How to Compose a Quality Comment!  It offers FIVE tips to help you take your comments to the next level!

Mrs. Yollis made a poster using the five-steps to writing a quality comment. You are free to use this infographic, but please give credit and link back to this like to open our comments with a greeting and end with a closing. We choose to do this as it makes it easier for us to follow the conversation within a comment section.

Here is a poster that Mrs. Yollis made! 

-For Advanced Bloggers-

Some bloggers like to use HTML code to make their comments better.  Learning to write HTML code, or HTML tags, is a somewhat simple way to take your comment to the next level.

HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) is a language.

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To write HTML code, use the following symbols:

Important: Do not add a space between the HTML tag and the word or sentence.


1.  To put text in italics, place this HTML code around the text:



The sentence will look like this when published:

Bloggers should always proofread a comment before publishing.


2.  To make text bold, place this HTML code around the text:


The sentence will look like this when published:  

Bloggers should always proofread a comment before publishing.



3.  To make a hyperlink, it gets a little tricky.

Use the following HTML code around the URL and add your own link word/words:

  [The URL is the address of the web page. It starts with http://www…]

The HTML code below:

Will become this hyperlink when published:

                                                                 Mrs. Yollis’ Website

Sometimes it is hard to remember the HTML codes. I keep an HTML word document on my desktop with all the common codes, especially the one to create a hyperlink. Here is a video demonstrating how easy it is to a create a hyperlink if you have the code set up in a Word doc.

If you like to add fun are those codes!

What did you learn about quality commenting? 
 Why is it important to proofread a comment before pressing publish? 

Each one of my third graders has their own blogs. They would LOVE a comment from you! 

Click here to find all the third-grade blogs. 
Comments welcomed!

Friday, February 14, 2020

Happy Presidents Day!

The third Monday in February is Presidents Day.

George Washington and Abe Lincoln were both born in February, so we honor these men with a national holiday.

Washington Monument
Photo by Mrs. Yollis 
Lincoln Memorial with Mrs. Yollis 

Learn about these historical figures from our PuppetPal videos.

Ben and Elijah


 Carsyn and Kevin 


 Archie and Paul


 Cade and Isla

 Emma and Darien

 Emily E. and Ivy

 Evan and Kasra 

 Julia and Natalia

What are some additional fun facts about President Washington and President Lincoln?

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Global School Play Day, 2020

Today, my class participated in Global School Play Day

I was heavily influenced to participate in #GSPD after listening to this eye-opening presentation:The Decline of Play TED Talk from the psychologist Peter Gray. 

Photo by Mrs. Yollis 

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On Monday, I emailed parents, shared "The Decline of Play" video, and asked for games to be brought in for our #GSPD event. On Wednesday, we played!

First, we talked about the rules. 
There would only be , the Golden Rule.

There were so many fun group games!

Photo by Mrs. Yollis 

Photo by Mrs. Yollis


Photo by Mrs. Yollis 

Giant Checkers on a woven game board!

Photo by Mrs. Yollis

Some kids play Jacks for the first time! 

Photo by Mrs. Yollis 

Key to the Treasure

Photo by Mrs. Yollis 

 There was a new game, Blank Slate.

Photo by Mrs. Yollis 

Many kids enjoyed creating. 

Origami was a hit! 
Photo by Mrs. Yollis

Photo by Mrs. Yollis 

Some students were driving their toys all over the world!


Outside games and fun were enjoyed. Some kids created a mega-hopscotch game! 

 Even our principal join in!

Photo by Mrs. Yollis  

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Photo by Mrs. Yollis 

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 What is your opinion of Global Play Day? 

In your opinion, what is the best game? 

Be sure to add support sentences for your opinion. 

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Family Blogging Month: Generational Comments

Our November is Family Blogging Month post has some wonderful exchanges! Some comments are student-to-student. However, some are generational! 

Below are some sample comments that involve students, their parents, and grandparents.   We love our online learning community!

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Ivy's Generations

Here is a comment to all of us from Ivy's mom on Our Emoji Math.  She ends with an algebraic answer for a student sports puzzle. 

Ivy, her mom, and her grandfather have a conversation going on here! 
Everyone loves blogging and math!

Here is a comment to all of us from Ivy's grandmother in Chicago:

Several students commented back to Ivy's Chicago grandmother.

Ivy's dad has a wonderful conversation with Kate! 

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Evan's Generations

Here is a comment to all of us from Evan's grandmother in Kentucky. We started a comment back to her on the Family Blogging Month post so stay posted!

Evan and friends have commented back to Grandma Alice! 

 Evan's mom has a terrific comment on the Family Blogging Month post.

Emily E. and her grandmother have written a comment together on Dolphins Delight!

 How do you encourage your family members to contribute to Family Blogging Month? Leave some tips to help your classmates.

What are some relatives besides parents and grandparents? 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Emoji Math! (Student Blogging Challenge)

This week it is fun with Emojis!

There are a lot of options, but we chose Emoji math!

First, we looked at some sample Emoji Puzzles from Solvemoji. We got ideas about how to set up equations and use known numbers to solve unknown symbols. 

Next, we created three equations on scratch paper. We thought about the unknown numbers and how to solve each equation. Then we made a key to help us solve our own puzzle.  After lots of tries, we were ready to create our Emoji puzzles on a Google Doc. It was fun to pick a theme! 

To create in a Google Doc:

1. Open a Google Doc
2. Go to INSERT in the menu bar
4. Select EMOJI

5. Select the topic or theme to use (See below) There are many!

Here are our first few puzzles. More to come! 

Mrs. Yollis' Emoji Math!

What is the value of the chicken drumstick?

Ivy's Emoji Math!

What is the value of the sun?

Emily E.'s Emoji Math!
What is the value of the green snake?

Evan Emoji Math!

What is the value of the soccer ball?

Kate's Emoji Math!

What is the value of the sunflower?

Emily E.'s  Emoji Math!
What is the value of the bear?

Where you able to solve any of our puzzles? 
If so, leave us a comment with your solution!

If you created a puzzle, please leave your blog address and we will head over and solve yours!

(More puzzles will be added here throughout the week. 
Check back soon!)