Monday, March 11, 2019

How to Write a Quality Comment!

Comments bring a blog to life. Let's write quality comments!

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!

We 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.

How do you get comments typed and published?

-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 create a hyperlink if you have the code set up in a Word doc.

If you like to add fun are those codes!

My class, DO NOT sign into anything. Instead, choose NAME/URL


What did you learn about quality commenting? 

 Why is it important to proofread a comment before pressing publish? 

How many comments will you publish this week?

Student Blogging Challenge Week 2 Google Form

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Student Blogging Challenge Begins!

Edublog's Student Blogging Challenge begins this week, 
and my student bloggers are very excited! Visit the student blogs via our sidebar. 

It is exciting to be connecting with students all over the world! Look at this list of continents and countries. 
  • What continent is missing and why? 
  • Which countries will you connect with and why? 

Here are the tasks for Week 1:

We got right to work. 
First, we created avatars using the site choices below: 

Peanutize Me

PowerPuff Yourself


Next students completed their Avatar Post and/or their About Me Page. Finally, bloggers added the appropriate URL to this Google Form. Soon, we will have comments and the connections will begin!

Thank you to @kathleen_morris  and @tasteach  and Edublogs for the fun challenges!  

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What has been the best part of blogging so far?

What questions do you have?

Thursday, January 10, 2019

What are Text Features?

Mrs. Yollis' class is learning about informational text

Informational text, or nonfiction writing, is based on facts, real events, and real people. There are many helpful text features found in nonfiction writing. Some common text features are:  headings, subheadings, captions, diagrams, time lines, maps, charts, table of contents, index, and the glossary.

Below is a humdinger of a video made by Sheriff Yollis and Sheriff Salsich. They hope their video helps you greenhorns learn about these important reading features!


Here it is on Vimeo if YouTube is blocked.

The Nonfiction Trail from Jonah Salsich on Vimeo.

In class, we used published informational texts as mentor texts.

Here are some headingsphotos, and captions.

Photo by Mrs. Yollis

Look closely. Here is a heading, a subheading, a map, a photo, and a caption

Photo by Mrs. Yollis 

Here is a map with a key. I wonder what the red means? Check the key and it will unlock the meaning. 

Photo by Mrs. Yollis 

Wow! Text features are everywhere and you can sure learn a lot if you pay attention to them.

Photo by Mrs. Yollis 

What are your favorite text features and why?

(Headings, subheadings, captions, diagrams, time lines, maps, charts, table of contents, index, and the glossary.)

What are TWO facts that you learned from a mentor text explored in class? Be sure to tell us the text feature you used to learn the factual information! 

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Family Blogging Month Winners!

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Congratulations Family Blogging Month Winners!

Photo by Mrs. Yollis
Each blogger received a free kid's meal to a local restaurant, a fabulous crown to wear, and a free choice post on Mrs. Yollis' Classroom Blog!

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Mrs. Yollis created the idea of Family Blogging Month back on April 1, 2010. The participation, the quality of the commenting, the interaction and learning that transpired via this classroom blog makes Mrs. Yollis beam with pride.

Not only are her students and their family members becoming superior writers, but they are also honing important digital skills like how to communicate and contribute online, how to limit personal information on the Internet, and how to develop a dynamic digital footprint. (To hone is a fancy verb that means to improve over time.)

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Mrs. Yollis would like to personally thank all the parents and family members for their constant support. Your participation is the key to your child's educational success!

What did you think of Family Blogging Month?

Who commented from your family?

Where did your family comment from? 

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Throw Back Thursday! Gingerbread From 2016

Repost from former students 2016. It's that good!
Gingerbread Mission

By Nolan and Elie

Photo by Mrs. Yollis 

One day, Elie was at Nolan’s house when they saw the mailman. “I’ll get the mail,” announced Nolan.

Strolling to the box, he popped open the lid and saw a flyer for something. The flyer read: “Come to the Gingerbread baking competition! It will be a blast! It is at Marcus Hall on Peach Street at 2:00 P.M. It is on Sunday, June 18th.”

It was Saturday, June 17th. There was no time to waste. Nolan rushed in the house while waving the flyer.

“We should really enter this!” Elie said while reading it. “We are some of the best bakers in town!”

That was true. One time Elie and Nolan entered a cookie baking competition, and the judges were blown away by their creations. They won by using a secret ingredient. The boys were going to use that ingredient for the gingerbread house. They were confident.

“We should start baking right now!” Nolan exclaimed. So, they started planning.

They got a ride to Buck’s Market from Nolan’s mom. At the store, they got the ingredients. Plus Nolan’s mom got some groceries. Back at Nolan’s house, they started baking. Gingerbread and frosting went flying as they baked and baked. Then they put in the secret ingredient. After an hour, Elie said, “I’m tired.”

“Good,” said Nolan. “because we are done!”

“Great! But it will melt if we don’t put it in the refrigerator,” Elie noted.

“Right!” concurred Nolan.

They put the gingerbread house in the refrigerator and they went away. Elie was sleeping over, so they got their sleeping bags unrolled and quickly fell asleep.

The next morning, they were very excited. It was Sunday, June 18th, and it was time to go to the competition. They went to the refrigerator. Then it happened, and they saw it...

Write your own ending in the comment box!
Have fun!

Any of our blogging guests are free to write ending too! Join the fun!

Monday, December 3, 2018

Hour(s) of Code!

This is a post for the Student Blogging Challenge! Let's get coding!

Hour of Code is an annual event to promote Computer Science. According to their website: 

The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week. The 2018 Computer Science Education Week will be December 3-7, but you can host an Hour of Code all year round. Computer Science Education Week is held annually in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906). 
We're starting Hour of Code and changing the name to Hours of Code!

Thank you, Hadi Partovi for creating this project!

Computer Science week coincides with the birthdays of two computer science pioneers. A pioneer is a person who is one of the first to enter a field of study or explore a new area of thought. 

1. Ada Lovelace, born in England on December 10, 1815, is considered the world's first computer programmer.

    Photo Credit

    2.  Grace Hopper, whose birthday is December 9, 1906, was an American computer programmer and Navy rear admiral. She contributed to the development of the COBOL language and is credited with popularizing the term "computer bug" in the programming community. 

    Grace Hopper said, "To me programming is more than an important practical art. It is also a gigantic undertaking in the foundations of knowledge."

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One of the important things about problem-solving is persevering. Sometimes you try an algorithm, or list of steps used to solve a problem,  and it fails, adjust your algorithm. Try again! This strategy is called trial and error

Check out this group below who worked collaboratively to solve a very difficult puzzle. First, they tried to solve it online. The code failed. Next, they tried to write the steps out on paper to look for a loop. That helped, but the code still failed. Finally, Mrs. Yollis gave us a small hint using the solution. That did it. The zombies ate the sunflower!

As a surprise for the class, I booked Mrs. Minnicozzi, our district tech expert, and she taught a robotics class! We applied our Blockly coding to robots!

Mrs. Minnicozzi showed us how to link blocks together on the ipad to make the robots dance.

We worked in small groups to get the bots to boogie.

After the dance competition was over, Mrs. Minnicozzi hit the road with her wagon of bots!

Students, on our Blogger blog, you can use HTML code to level up your comments. Here is some information about HTML code. Here is the HTML code for some fancy shapes. There are many more!

What do you like about coding?

What did you learn about robots from Mrs. Minnicozzi?

What are you creating? 

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Celebrating Veterans Day!

On November 11, America celebrates Veterans Day. It is the day we honor the men and women who have served in the armed forces. Veterans Day is a national holiday. This year, Veterans Day is observed on Monday, November 12. 

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Photo by Mrs. Yollis

Veterans: Men and women who have served in the armed forces.
Soldiers: Men and women who are currently serving in the armed forces.

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Here is a link to a wonderful BrainPop

 video about America's Armed Forces.

What did you learn about the 
Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard?

Here are some fabulous "Make a Map" 
examples made in class!

Kishor's Map

Samantha's Map

Katie's Map

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To help us learn about Veterans Day and the men and women who serve, I asked my students if any of their family members are in the military or are veterans. We honor our veterans and soldiers with this blog post! 

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Our superintendent

NAVY: Meet our district superintendent, Dr. Stepenosky. As you can see, he served in the Navy. From 1990 to 1994, he was on the USS Chancellorsville which was a guided missile cruiser. It was 9,000 tons and had a crew of 330. Notice the destroyer in the background.

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Lily's grandfather

ARMY: Meet Lily's grandpa, Dr. William Zanger. This photo was taken in 1971. He served in the Dental Corp as a Captain of the United States Army. He was stationed in Fort Benning, Georgia and Fort Polk, Louisiana from 1970 through 1972. The baby in the picture is Lily's mother, Sybil.

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Scarlett's grandfather

NAVY: Meet Dr. Tocchet who was born and raised in Summit Hill, Pennsylvania. He joined the Navy in 1963 while attending medical school at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Following his studies, Paul assumed active duty as an intern at Camp Pendleton, California, before serving overseas. He was attached to a Marine Corps combat M.A.S.H. unit in Viet Nam from 1966-67. He then completed his final two years as a general medical officer at the Naval Station in Monterey, California, until his honorable discharge in 1969. 

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Hana's uncle

MARINE: Meet Hana’s Uncle Josh who served in the United States Marine Corps. He was an electrician who worked on FA-18 jets. He was stationed at Miramar Air Station and was deployed to the Persian Gulf twice. He also went to Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

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Rebecca's grandfather

ARMY: Meet Rebecca's grandfather Barney who served in the army during World War II. He was a private and served in the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. His brother Sammy was also a private in the Army and fought and died in the Battle of the Bulge.

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Faith's great-grandfather

NAVY: Meet Grandma Barb's dad, Faith’s Great-Grandpa, who served in the Navy during World War II. He served on a destroyer called the USS Gainard. Though his mother was a widow and none of her five sons would have had to enlist, they all did. 

Faith’s great-grandpa was the youngest in his family, only 17 years old, and a few months away from graduating from high school when he wanted to enlist in the Navy. Since he was under 18, he had to get special permission from his mother, Faith’s great-great-grandma, to enlist. At the time of his high school graduation ceremony, Faith’s great-grandpa was already in the Navy so his mother went to school that night to receive his diploma for him. 

Faith’s great-great-grandma was very proud of all of her sons. The second photo shows all five sons in their uniforms. One son was in the Navy, one was in the Air Force, two were in the Army, and one was in the Marines. They were stationed all over the world. During the war, families put a star in the front window of their homes to indicate they had a loved one in the war. Faith’s great-great grandma had FIVE stars in her front window. Miraculously, Faith’s great-grandpa and all of his brothers returned home from war safe and sound and proud to have served their country.

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Ben's great-grandfather

ARMY: Meet Ralph Linore, Ben's great-grandfather. He was a United States Army sergeant who proudly served from 1942 to 1945 in WW II.

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Are any of your relatives or friends veterans?

Please tell us about them and thank them for their service!