Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween Fun Friday!

This week was an eventful week because it was
Say No to Drugs! week
and
Halloween is Sunday!

One of the activities for Say No to Drugs! week was to decorate a poster with relevant messages and slogans. Mrs. Yollis' class poster featured each student saying what they think about drugs. The poster later became personal bookmarks for everyone! People thought the poster was a real winner!

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For Math, we learned about arrays!

ROW   X   COLUMN  =  PRODUCT

Students created Halloween arrays! Boo!

Above we have:

5 rows of 4
5 X 4 = 20 Halloween pencils!

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Above, we have 3 rows of 9.

3 x 9 = ? Halloween erasers

How many Halloween erasers?  ARG!

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Look out! There are 4 rows of 4 ghosts!

4 x 4 = ?

Thanks, Grace, for the Halloween treats!

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Above, we have birthday glow sticks from Aaron!

How many rows? How many columns?

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Next it was time for a fun craft!
Tucker helped us READ the directions for creating a creepy spider web!

Check off the steps one by one.

Many students in Mrs. Yollis' class appear to be part spider!

Finally, the webs had been spun!

Here is an array of arachnids!
How many webs?

How did you like the day?

What are you going to be for Halloween?

Where did you hang your spider?

Do you have other decorations on your house?

1. Dear Mrs Yollis and students,

HOOOOO! Happy Halloween to you all.
I just loved how you used rows and colums and made it part of your Halloween activities and boy it sure looked like fun too.
How great were your creepy spider weds, including spiders. I must say they looked super cool too.
Well on that note HOOOOOO and Happy Halloween.

from down under AA.

2. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

Wow! It looks like you had a fabulous day at school today! It is funny, because we also studied arrays in math and learned how to make spiderwebs, it was just in a different format.

I really like the costumes that you wore. Did the teacher dress up, too?

Happy Halloween! Be safe and have fun.

Sumac School

3. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

Happy Halloween! I an going to be a batarinna for Halloween this year. A batarinna is a bat and ballerina mixed. It has a puffy skirt, a striped purple and black top, and purple and black striped tits. I just used commas and a serious.

I decorated my house with spiderwebs and giant spiders. I have two skeletons in my window and they have lights on them that glow. I am going to put more decorations up inside with my babysitter in a cupel of minutes.

Warmly,

Grace♥

4. Goodness gracious! Halloween sounds like so much fun. We acknowledge the day in NZ and you will see some costumes in shops but many people do not celebrate it. Most kiwi schools are not allowed to celebrate the day and when I see what you got up to with your maths and crafts, I certainly wish we could. It looks like you had loads of fun while you were learning!

You're right, we did have a fabulous day at school! It was fun making spider webs and studying arrays using different materials. We also got many treats, such as lollipops, candy corn, and cookies.

Mrs. Yollis wore skull earings and necklace. She also wore socks with skull and bones on them.

Happy Halloween to you also!

Sincerely,
Hannah ★

6. Dear Mrs Yollis' class,

What a busy week you've had!

I must say, I love your "Say no to drugs" poster. It is a real winner!

Your Halloween arrays are terrific! We did a post about arrays a couple of months ago. It was inspired by our friend Mr Salsich!

I just ♥ your spiders. I have never seen anything like that before. How long did they take to make?

I can't wait to hear what everyone is doing for Halloween.

We don't really celebrate Halloween in Australia but there are a few students who are going to go Trick or Treating. I think the Halloween spirit is spreading!

PS - I just love Grace's idea for a costume. A batarinna? How cool!

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@ AA,

Thanks for your spooky comment! We had a fun time incorporating Halloween into our day! OOOoooOooOOOOoooo! I had no idea there were so many arachnids in my classroom!

@ Grace,

Happy Halloween to you too! I have never heard of a batarinna before! I can't wait to see a picture! You wrote some outstanding detail sentences about your costume! Wow! Because of your vivid details, I can picture you. In addition, I did notice you used commas in a series! I agree commas are serious business...and series sounds like serious, but it is spelled commas in a series. :-) Funny, no?

Again, excellent detail sentences about your house decoration. You didn't just say, I decorated my house. Instead, you wrote specific detail sentences describing your house. Well done, Grace! You are an excellent role model for us all!

☠ Happy Halloween! ☠

Pirate Y♥llis

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@ Ms. Bee, (from NZ)

Although it is a day that is celebrated by many at home and in neighborhoods, it is fun to tap into the excitement and have special times in class! Plus, it is fun!

Yes, we turned every Halloween treat into a math lesson! It was much better to see an array of webs or glow sticks...than just some tiles. Thanks for leaving us a comment!

@ Hannah,

YOU...are an impressive blogger! I ♥ how you jumped in and commented back to one of our readers, Mrs. Madden! That is the sign of a fabulous blogger. Not only did you comment back, but it is a real quality comment! Thank you for modeling such great blogging etiquette for everyone. Did you know that Mrs. Madden is a teacher in our district? Yes, she is! :-)

It was quite a week! Thank you for your compliment about our poster! I liked that it became a bookmark for each child at the end of the week. The messages on the bookmarks are important, and the students will always have them. Otherwise...the poster just gets thrown away at the end of the year. :-(

Thanks for the link to our good friend Mr. Salsich! It is great to learn from one another!

The spiderwebs did not take too long to make. Tucker helped us read the directions and create the webs. Some kids had more arachnid in them and were able to teach the other spiders the skill of web spinning.

Thanks for a great comment!

ARG!

☠ Happy Halloween! ☠

Pirate Y♥llis

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9. Dear Mrs Yollis and class,
BOOO!!! Did I scare you? Now trick or treat!
I am dressing up as a bat. In Australia we don't really celebrate Halloween but I am :) Mum is dressing up as a witch and dad is dressing up as a vampire. But we aren't going trick or treating.
Happy Halloween everyone (BOO) Stay safe.

From Bianca the Bat.

10. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

I had a wonderful day yesterday. For Halloween I am going to be a football player from the cowboys. I have some questions.

1. Are you going to dress up for Halloween?

2. Did you have a good day?

Warmly,

11. @ Mrs.Yollis,

I saw the pictures that you made. I especially liked when we put our shirts on, and that we set up the crafts in rows and columns. I had so much fun at fun Friday!

From,
Nicolas

12. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

I thought our day was phenomenal! My favorite part of the day was when we all made the fantastic spider webs. I think the spider web was very tricky to spin! I guess I'm not part spider. I can answer Aron's problem. There are 5 columns. There are 5 rows. That makes 5x5=25. We don't have many Halloween decorations up yet because we are about to move! Our only decoration is my spider on my chandelier. I am going to be a U.S. army troop for Halloween. I have camouflaged pants. Also, I have a black shirt. I have a little strap for my cardboard knife. My dad bought me a dog tag with my phone number, my first and last name, and my address! Isn't that cool! I'm not sure yet but, my grandma might face paint my face camouflaged! It's going to be a great Halloween! I have some questions for you. Do you have any decorations up yet? What are you for Halloween? Did you carve a pumpkin?

Best Regardes,
Ryan

13. Dear Mrs.Yollis

BOO!My favorite part of the day was making the spiders. I am being Bat girl for Halloween.As a special costume I was princess Leia. I did that because my brother is a clone trooper and for my cousin's first Halloween he is yoda. I love Halloween !

from,
Ileanna

14. Dear Mrs.Yollis

I am going to be Olivia the pig for halloween because I love the show and the books. I am going to a friend's party to trick or treat.

Love,
Anais

P.S Trick or treat

15. Dear Mrs.Yollis and class,

Booooo! did I scary you Happy Halloween. I was very happy to have fun Friday 2 days before Halloween. My favorite was reading/reading counts.

From,
Misha

16. @class
I hope everyone had a fun day trick or treating yesterday. I was a genie for Halloween.

The history channel had a program about the origin of trick or treating and I learned a lot of interesting facts.

I learned that the holiday as we know it today, is not very old. The holiday began in urban cities such as New York were children would dress up in costumes and parade around the streets begging for coins or treats, and pulling pranks when they didn't get anything. Shopkeepers would often 'buy off' these pranksters, trading some sweet snack or bread loaf for security from tricks such as soaped windows or destroyed shop signs. During the great depression in the 1930s the treats became scarce, and the tricks became vandalism. Things got out of control in the 1930s, with several brawls and acts of violence associated with Halloween pranking. To counter this, homes started to offer parties for children, as an incentive to curb vandalism. Candy and treats were offered to stop children from misbehaving on Halloween. After World war II bite-sized candy started to be manufactured and the holiday became as we know it today.

From,
Miriam and Mom.

17. Dear Class,

I hope you had a good trick or treating. I got 131 candies and my sister got 142 candies.
I have a question: " Where did you go trick or treating?" I went to Santa Monica at Montana Avenue and 25th street. I like there a lot. There were great decrations and people wore awesome costumes. I was a chain-saw man with a hockey mask, my mom wore a Devil costum, my dad wore Jailbird con and my sister wore Wenda costum (Waldo's girlfriend). I made the chain-saw from a cardboard all by myself. I had a great time!

From,
Aaron

18. Dear Ms. Yollis and class,

I am a student at The University of South Alabama and currently enrolled in Dr. Strange's EDM310 class. I read your post and enjoyed the creativity of the math lesson. I'm sure the students had a blast with the ghost and spooky spiders. I was a Barbie for Halloween. I absolutely love dressing up for Halloween, makes me feel like a kid again! I hosted a Halloween party at my house with friends and family. We participated in many games, bobbing for apples was exciting.
Did your class participate in any Halloween activities? Ex.(costume contest, bobbing for apples)

19. Dear Mrs Yollis and students,

My name is Crystal from University of South Alabama and I am currently in Dr. Strange EDM 310. I loved how you used different rows and columns part of your Halloween activities at school. All the costumes and decorations looked great.

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