Thursday, October 16, 2014

A GREAT Assembly!

This week we enjoyed an entertaining, yet purposeful assembly!

Mark and Obediah from Razzle Bam Boom are talented musicians with an outstanding message!

They introduced their five strategies to being a “G.R.E.A.T.”TM student.

Photo by Mrs. Grubb

G.R.E.A.T is an acronym. 

(ak rə nim)
  1. an abbreviation formed from the beginning letters of other words and pronounced as a word

Here is what G.R.E.A.T stands for:

Goals – Know what you want to do.
Retry – Don’t give up. Try, Try Again
Excel – Always do your very best.
Attention – Focus on the most important things.
Train- Practice until you are GREAT.

What GOALS have you set for yourself?

What will get your ATTENTION?

How will you TRAIN?

Thank you, to the PFC for making this awesome assembly possible!

Seasonal Haiku Decks

Today, Mrs. Minicozzi came into our room and taught us all about Haiku Deck! 

 In class, we have been talking about topics and details, so this visual app was a fun way to practice these concepts. First, Mrs. Minicozzi gave each student a month of the year and a planning sheet. On the planning sheet, the students wrote their topic and then came up with 4-6 details about that month. Some of the details were national holidays or typical seasonal events. Sometimes students added birthdays. Once the plan was approved, students logged into the class' Haiku Deck account and started creating their slide show. Each detail became a word or phrase and the students looked for a Creative Commons photo to complement the detail.  

Mrs. Yollis published the Haiku Decks on this class blog. The HTML code used was modified to fit. The height was "304" and the width was "480".

Hint: If you can't see the decks in Chrome, switch to Firefox. 


February - Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Copy of February - Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Nicholas Arena - Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

May - Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

June - Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

July - Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

August - Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

September - Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

October - Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

November - Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

December - Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

What are some tips for using Haiku Deck? 

Tell us how you changed your slides to make them better! 

How will you use Haiku Deck in the future?

Monday, October 6, 2014

Celebrating Traditions!

This week Mrs. Yollis' class started
a new unit in Language Arts called Celebrating Traditions!

 A tradition is something that family, friends,
or another group of people has done for many years and continues to do on a regular basis.

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The story for this week is "The Keeping Quilt".

 In the first story, "The Keeping Quilt," by Patricia Polacco, the author retells the story of her family's handmade quilt. In the story, a Russian immigrant mother and family arrive in the United States. She plans to make a quilt from a basket of old clothes, telling her daughter, "It will be like having the family in back home Russia dance around us at night."  The quilt is passed along from mother to daughter for four generations. It becomes a Sabbath tablecloth and a wedding canopy. It even becomes a blanket for new generations of children. "The Keeping Quilt" is a heart-warming story about one family's tradition.
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In the comment section, please 
share a tradition your family celebrates. 

It can be an annual party, a holiday, or any traditional event.

Please include details about: special foods,  decorations, songs, and/or activities.

 Your comment should be 4 to 6 sentences long. 
 Students: Your comment is due on Friday, October 10th!

Monday, September 29, 2014

A New Word Problem

Today we learned about a new kind of math problem. It was different than other word problems we've done.   Usually word problems ask questions like:  

How many in all?         How many more?       How many fewer?

This was a new kind of word problem.
Panda and Hoppy left 25 comments. Hoppy left 5 more comments than Panda. 
How many comments did Panda leave? 
How many comments did Hoppy leave? 

Here is a tutorial a student made illustrating one way to solve this type of problem.  

What do you think of this process?

Here is another math problem to solve. 

Photo by Mrs. Ranney

Frogger and Curious George left 45 comments on the blog.
Frogger left 5 more comments than Curious George. 

How many comments did Frogger leave? 
How many comments did Curious George leave?

The answer is:
Frogger: 25 comments
Curious George: 20 comments

Write one of these new word problem for the class to use for practice?  

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Live Link to the BAMMY Awards!

The BAMMY Awards are tonight!

Here is a direct link to the live show.

Here is a list of the five Elementary School Teacher finalists. I am deeply honored to be included in such an esteemed group! 
(Esteemed means highly regarded.)

Click on the name below each picture to 
learn about each finalist! 

To learn more about the BAMMY AWARDS, click here. 

I have been in Washington, D.C. for a few days. Here are some of the highlights my students help scheduled for me. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Washington, D.C. ~ Day 2

Day two in Washington, D.C. was equally exciting and fun!

Although it was a cloudy day, I was excited to get to go to the top of the Washington Monument. Notice the circle of flags around the base of the obelisk. How many flags do you think surround the monument? What is an obelisk?

Park Rangers monitor the government monuments. They help tourists and answer questions.

As you enter the base of the monument, there is a statue of our Founding Father.

Tourists wait in line for their turn in the elevator to the top.

Up at 500 feet, visitors exit the elevator and observe Washington, D.C. Here are the four views!





The World War II Memorial was spectacular from 500 feet!

The beautiful Potomac River was interesting to observe. 
What do you notice in this photo? 

The windows at the top face north, south, east, and west. The compass rose was the perfect decoration inside the elevator!

Next stop, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. 
No photography was allowed inside, but photos were permitted in the lobby. 

Giant posters of bills were placed along the walls for viewing!

Color was introduced in 2004. 
Click on the photos to enlarge.

Click to enlarge.

Sheets of two dollar bills on display in the lobby. What is the value of this sheet?

What is the value of this sheet of fives? 

How tall am I in stacks of hundreds? 
What is that value?

Around noon, I stopped by National Geographic. 
What is this strange animal behind me?

In the afternoon, I visited the National Archives. There I saw the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights! No pictures were allowed, but I did capture this great sculpture outside the building.

After the National Archives, I dashed over to the Museum of Natural History. There is an elephant in the lobby! 

Upstair, a real gem of exhibit...the Hope Diamond!

In the evening, I was fortunate enough to get a tour of the White House. My former student, Ella, lined up this special tour!
Thank you Ella!

What are some questions you have for me about my day?

Which photos did you like the best? 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Washington, D.C. ~ Day 1

It has been an exciting first day in Washington, D.C. I am in our nation's capital because I am a BAMMY Elementary Teacher of the Year finalist. What an honor!

My students helped me plan my first day, and it was a busy one! 

Washington Monument

Lincoln Memorial 

Jefferson Memorial

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Arlington National Cemetery 

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Washington Monument

A close up photo of the American flag against the stone obelisk. Tomorrow, I will go to the top! 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial 

I even when on a moonlight memorial tour! Spectacular!

Because I have limited time, I am only posting photos right now. 

Students, share some facts about the landmarks photographed above. I will add your comments to the post!