Sunday, April 17, 2016

Wrap Up: What is Red? #ClrPoem

We just completed our second week of the Twitter Time :: Color/Colour Poem Project.  Many more weeks of color to come!



The object of this collaborative project is to create digital images, share original poems, and publish through our classroom Twitter account using the hashtag #clrpoem! Each week a color of the visible spectrum will be showcased! Everyone is invited to participate!


ROY  G  BIV 

One way to remember the visible spectrum is the
ROY G BIV acronym.
(red-orange-yellow-green-blue-*indigo-violet)








Here are some highlights of What is RED? week. There are poems from California, Hawaii, Georgia, Texas, and England!  Thank you to all who participated!  

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Some poets even recorded themselves reciting a poem in Seesaw!








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How do I collect the photos and poems? One way is via Google Classroom. Here is a screenshot for next week, What is ORANGE?







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We are looking forward to next week's Twitter Time!

What is ORANGE? Tweet out your class poetry using the hashtag #ClrPoem!



What was your favorite RED poem?


What are some other ways to collect poems besides using Google Classroom? 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Learning About Compound Sentences


Adding compound sentences to your writing can make your stories and essays more interesting. 

What is a compound sentence? 

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A compound sentence:
  1. Combines two shorter sentences (so has TWO subjects)
  2. Joins the two sentences with a conjunction (and, or, but, so, yet, nor, and for)   The comma goes BEFORE the conjunction.



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Here is an acronym to help you remember some conjunctions: 
F A N B O Y S
(for, and, nor, but, or, yet, and so)

 This image has information about WHAT each conjunction means. 

CLICK TO ENLARGE. 


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For social studies, we have been reading a book called Badger Claws of Ojai. This realistic fiction story is about a Chumash boy who wants to become a brave. To prove he is worthy, he must live in the mountains for three moons, hunt a big game animal, and complete a service project for his community. 




Here are some compound sentence examples that will tell you more about this great realistic fiction story. 



Badger Claws could go and live with his aunt and uncle, or he could try surviving in the wilderness for three moon. 

Badger Claws was a young boy, yet he was able to survive successfully in Little Matilha. 

Old Silver Tip was stalking the women and children as they collected acorns, but Badger Claws was able to save the villagers. 





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Here are some great student examples, but they are not about Badger Claws. (Hey that's a compound sentence!) 







Abigail's example:






Lily's example:





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By Friday, leave a blog comment with at least two compound sentences! 

F A N B O Y S
(for, and, nor, but, or, yet, and so)


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Twitter Time: What is Red?



T
he object of this collaborative Twitter project is to share original poems, create colorful digital images, and publish through classroom Twitter accounts using the hashtag #clrpoem! Each week a color of the visible spectrum will be showcased!

ROY  G  BIV 


One way to remember the visible spectrum is the
ROY G BIV acronym. 
(red-orange-yellow-green-blue-*indigo-violet) 



ac·ro·nym
(ak rə nim)
noun
  1. an abbreviation formed from the initial letters of other words and pronounced as a word


(*Indigo is the color between blue and violet. We might combine it with blue.) 



Teachers, YOU are invited to join our collaborative project! 
The more, the merrier!




This week, we are seeing RED! Shoot a photo of something red, compose a little poetry to complement the photo, and tweet it out! Remember, use the hashtag #clrpoem.


Consider adding your poetry to


What are some things that are red?

What are some elements of poetry? 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Wrap Up: What is Black and/or White? #ClrPoem


We just complete the first week of the Collaborative Twitter Poetry Project #ClrPoem

Check out a few of the many global contributions to 
What is Black and/or White?


























☛  Texas offers a wonderful acrostic! 




☛ Learning Japanese from our friends in Hawaii! 





☛ Great poems rolling in from New York City! 














 Here are few fabulous verses from Canada!















☛ Open the Door to B4 from New Zealand. 
Great to learn some of the Maori language! 







What is your favorite type of poem?

Which poet lives the farthest away from you? 

Which poet lives closest to you? 

Next, week...What is RED? 







Thursday, April 7, 2016

New Student Blog: Keys to My Life!


My third graders are starting to set up their own blogs using the GAFE platform. First, I set up a blog for the student, then I invited the student to join their own blog via an email invitation. Next, the student accepted my invitation. Because I do not want my students to use their real names, they signed in with the blogger profile. Students used a pen name so their real name would not show up on the blog. Parents are administrators too! 


Here is our first student blog!

"Smiley" would love a comment from you or even just a visit. 
A visit will give her a ClustrMap Dot!  




Thank you, in advance, for supporting student blogging!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Join Our Twitter Poetry Project! #clrpoem

April is National Poetry Month, so let's enjoy some Twitter Poetry!

#clrpoem


Twitter is a wonderful microblogging platform to connect, share, and learn with others. You can learn a lot in 140 characters! This annual #clrpoem Twitter project incorporates color, poetry, geography, social media, science, and fun!

This week, we will start this colorful global collaborative project in an interesting way. We will start with:


 What is Black and/or White? 


When you think about color/colour, some people don't think of black or white as colors/colours. In science we learn that, a black object absorbs all the visible light and reflects none of the color to our eyes. A white object reflects all light. Let's have fun with black and white. Use silhouettes (shadows)! Use a black and white filter on your ipad! Find things that are black or white!




The object of this collaborative project is to share original poems, create colorful digital images, and publish through classroom Twitter accounts using the hashtag #clrpoem! Each week a color of the visible spectrum, plus black and white, will be showcased!

ROY  G  BIV 

One way to remember the visible spectrum is the
 ROY G BIV acronym.  
(red-orange-yellow-green-blue-*indigo-violet) 



ac·ro·nym
(ak rə nim)
noun
  1. an abbreviation formed from the initial letters of other words and pronounced as a word


(*Indigo is the color between blue and violet. We will combine it with blue.) 

Teachers, YOU are invited to join our collaborative project! The more, the merrier!




A tip of the hat to Catherine Monaghan for this colorfully clever idea.


Consider adding your poetry to Mrs. Hembree's Global Poetry Unites Project.




What are some things that are black?
What are some things that are white

Have you ever used your black and white filter? Try it!



What are some elements of poetry? 

Couplet, triplet, or haiku,
What kind of verse can we expect from YOU? 

:-) 





Sunday, March 20, 2016

Vernal Equinox ~ 2016




One sign of spring is the abundance of colorful flowers that start blooming everywhere!


Rose photo by Mrs. Yollis  
Lilac photo by Mrs. Yollis 

Poppies by Mrs. Yollis 
Pink flowers in the eucalyptus tree by Kostaki and Will 

Our tree! by Bailey and Keya 
Pink flowers popping by Karissa

  
The first day of spring is called the 
Vernal Equinox. 
  
Spring started on Saturday, March 19, 2016, at 9:30 P.M. (PDT) in southern California. It is called the Vernal Equinox. There are two times when the sun is exactly above the equator. One equinox is in September and the other is in March. Equinox means equal night and there are nearly twelve hours of day and twelve hours of night.



 
 
 
Here is a video from Discovery Education to
 
help explain the Vernal Equinox!




video






Even Mrs. Yollis' website is blooming!


 

What signs of spring have you noticed?

Do you have springtime hobbies or activities?



What did you learn from the BrainPop movies