Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Student Blogging Challenge Begins!



Mrs. Yollis and her students love blogging! They are excited about joining other bloggers from all over the world to learn together!

What countries are participating? 



What are some of the tasks for this week? 


Some Information About Us! 


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Meet Mrs. Yollis  
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Our teacher is Mrs. Yollis. She has been teaching elementary school for 32 years and has been an educational blogger for 11 years. She is the administrator of this class blog, but also runs a class photo-of-the-day blog. It is called the Yollis 365 Project, and it is a fabulous place to share photos, creative writing, and poetry!




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Meet the Third Graders 
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Our class is a third-grade class filled with 11 boys and 15 girls. We are 1:1 with Acers, so we love integrating technology. For example, we LOVE watching BrainpopJr videos, looking at the National Weather Service's forecast, educating ourselves with Freckle,  creating and sharing our learning with Seesaw, and "going places" using the Chrome Extension Earth View



Meet Beverly the bear, Barnaby Bones, and Flat Panda! 

When not at school, the class has a lot of hobbies and interests. We are only about 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean, so many students like to collect shells, swim, boogie board, climb the rocks, search for sea glass, build sand castles, and surf. One student recently went deep sea fishing and caught over 18 fish, some sand dabs and rockfish. Several students have made the trip to Catalina Island. 

Sports are a big part of everyone's life. Numerous students play soccer. Handball is popular, and so is baseball. At recess, some popular games are prisoner, jump roping, kickball, soccer, tetherball, dodgeball, and hula hooping. 

One student goes to the local public pool to do laps.

Food is an important part of life and we have many favorites! Some popular foods at lunch are pizza, hot dogs, corn dogs, pasta, and chicken nuggets. Sometimes they serve pancakes! 

For fun, we like to play Silent Speed Ball, learn sign language from one of Mrs. Yollis' former students, and of course, juggling! 





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 Our Avatars 
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We used Seesaw and our Acer cameras to make avatars. An avatar is an image used to represent you online. Notice how we limited our personal information! 









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Where Are We?
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Mrs. Yollis' third graders live in the northern hemisphere. It is fall. North America is our continent. Our nation is the United States of America. However, sometimes our country is abbreviated as the U.S.A. or America. Our country is divided up into fifty states, and we live in one of the fifty states, California. 

California

California is the third largest state after Alaska and Texas. Out of all the 50 states, we have the largest population. There are more than 39 million Californians! Our state capital is Sacramento, and our largest urban area is Los Angeles. We live in a suburb of LA. 



Here is the Californian flag. 









What hemisphere and country do you live in?

What are some popular foods and games played at your school? 

What fun games do you play for a brain break? 

What questions do you have for us?
We will reply to your comments. 

Tell us about your class! 






12 comments:

  1. Greetings Mrs. Yollis and Class,

    I haven’t visited the blog or commented in awhile, and I can see that you certainly have been busy! I’m impressed by how well this post is put together and explains so much information about you and where you live.

    I think my favorite part is seeing your avatars and how you cleverly used Seesaw and your Acer cameras. Well done!

    Now, to answer all your questions:

    I live in the same hemisphere and country that you do.

    When I was in elementary school, pizza and hot dogs were also very popular, although the cafeteria did not serve them. One meal I remember from the cafeteria at my school was Salisbury steak with mashed potatoes and green beans. I think I remember it because I didn’t really like it at all! I’ll let you do your own research about what Salisbury steak is! I actually took my own lunch to school most days, and my favorite sandwich was peanut butter and ham with crunchy lettuce! I’ll bet you’ve never even heard of anyone eating such a sandwich!

    The recess activities I enjoyed most were tetherball, handball, and four square. I also loved playing kickball and hanging upside down on the bars.

    Brain breaks are so important, but when I was in school, we didn’t use that term. I remember loving to play Heads Up/7 Up. Nowadays when I need a brain break, I go outside and work in my garden or do some yoga stretches.

    Being active is a very important part of my day. I ride my trike at the beach bike path, take water aerobics and yoga classes, and hike or walk as often as possible. What do you do to get exercise?

    I’d love to hear more about how to use Seesaw, as well as how you learn using Freckle!
    I’d also enjoy hearing about what places you’ve “visited” using Chrome Extension Earth View.

    All the best,

    Mrs. Ranney

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    1. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

      What a treat it was to get a comment from you!

      Thank you for sharing about what you ate in elementary school. Brett loves steak, but is not sure what Salisbury steak is. From your reaction, it does not sound too tasty. Everyone has hear of peanut butter and jelly, but no one has ever heard of peanut butter and ham with crunchy lettuce. We are going to think about that. :-)

      Everyone loves to play! Katie loves to play tether ball and kick ball at recess and lunch. Sometimes Scarlett and her friends skip around singing songs. They converted "It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas" to "It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Halloween!"

      You asked what places we've “visited” using Chrome Extension Earth View. Rebecca has visited the Statue of Liberty! Faith has journeyed to the Eiffel Tower. Hana explored London, England.

      We have some questions for you. What is your favorite color? What is your favorite food? Do you have a pet?

      Sincerely,
      Brett, Logan, Katie, Abby, Hana, Rebecca, Kishor, Faith, Josh, Scarlett, and Mrs. Y♥llis

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  2. Dear Mrs Yollis and class,

    What a fantastic first post for the Student Blogging Challenge!

    I loved seeing your creative avatars!

    I also loved seeing a picture of my old friends Panda and Beverly. I was once lucky enough to visit your very classroom and meet your lovable mascots. You can read about that here http://yollisclassblog.blogspot.com/2012/06/blogging-buddies-meet.html

    As you know one of the most popular lunchtime activities at our school is downball. Yesterday I noticed that a group of grade 5 students were playing with a group of prep (kindergarten) students. Do students from different grade levels play together at your school? Or do you have certain parts of the school you have to stick to?

    Best wishes,
    Kathleen Morris

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    1. Dear Mrs. Morris,

      Thank you for being our first international commentor!

      You asked if kids play in different areas. Yes, they do. The 4th and 5th graders play at recess and lunch by themselves. The 2nd and third play before them. The kindergarten students have their own playground.

      On our playground we cannot we have to stay on the yard or blacktop. Recently, we got to fabulous soccer nets. In the upper yard we have beautiful mural that the kids play handball and sour apple against.

      What is your favorite state in America? What is your favorite state in Australia?

      What is your favorite Australian animal?

      Your blogging buddies,
      Sasha, Colin, Kishor, Josh, Michaela, and Mrs. Y♥llis

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  3. Dear Sasha, Colin, Kishor, Josh, Michaela, and Mrs. Y♥llis,

    How lovely to receive such a quality reply from you all!

    It sounds like your students have breaks at different times? I haven't seen that in any schools here. The bell times are all the same but sometimes students are only allowed to play in certain areas of their school.

    How lucky to get some new soccer nets! The mural sounds nice. Did the students paint it?

    Hmm, I live in the state of Victoria which is very nice but I do love Queensland. The weather is warmer than here and there are lots of nice beaches. It's a popular holiday destination -- a bit like California perhaps!

    I have two favourite US states -- California, of course. I have visited Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco. My other favourite state is New York. Who doesn't love New York City? It's a very exciting place to visit.

    Just yesterday I was telling my students about an Australian animal called a quokka. It lives on a small island off Western Australia called Rottnest Island. Maybe Mrs. Yollis could help you find a picture of quokkas. They're very cute!

    Your blogging buddy down under,
    Mrs Morris

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  4. Dear Mrs. Yollis' class,
    We are Mrs. Holliday's second grade class. We have 22 students in our class. We live in Ohio in the United States. We are in the Northern Hemisphere, and we are also in North America.

    For brain breaks we like to do GoNoodle videos. One of our favorites is Run the Red Carpet. We love pizza day at school, and Chicken Little Friday. Our favorite games in P.E. class is Capture the Football and GaGa, which is kind of like Dodgeball.

    What is your favorite thing to do in your classroom?

    We would love to share our avatars and fun facts about us. Please visit our class blog to learn more about us! http://holliday2nd.weebly.com

    Sincerely,
    Mrs. Holliday's Class

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    1. Dear Mrs. Holliday's Class,
      I have never been to Ohio, but my grandmother grew up outside of Columbus. I have some family that still lives there. My grandmother never misses watching Ohio State play football. I hope to visit Ohio one day.

      What are the rules for Capture the Football? What is Chicken Little Friday?

      My favorite thing to do in our classroom is to try new technology on our Acers. I especially like to try using Google Earth to look at landmarks. Recently, I wandered off to look at the Acropolis in Greece because my family is planning a trip there next Summer.

      I also like to post math tutorials on Seesaw. Explaining math problems helps me to learn how to solve them and present my work at the same time.

      What city in Ohio do you live in?
      Are there any really popular foods in your city?
      Do any of you have relatives in Los Angeles?

      Your new friend,
      L★gan

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    2. Dear Mrs. Holliday's Class,
      I haven't been to Ohio, but my sister has and she had a great time. Hopefully next time we visit our friends in Ohio I can go too.

      I'm really curious what Chicken Little Friday is, it sounds really fun. I really like playing Gaga too. I don't play it at school but we play it at my summer camp. Silent Speed Ball is my favorite game to play in the classroom.

      Sincerely,
      Samantha

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  5. Hello, Californian friends !

    (What hemisphere and country do you live in ?)
    We live in the northern hemisphere, in the south-east of France, in Brindas close to Lyon city.

    (What are some popular foods and games played at your school ?)
    The most popular food in France is definitely steak with French fries (fried potatoes).
    Currently, we are playing rugby at our school.
    During our breaks, we play soccer, "the seated ball" and "touch the wolf".

    (What questions do you have for us ?)
    - How many students are there in your school ?
    - What is the age of the youngest pupil of the school ?
    - What is the age of the oldest pupil of the school ?
    - What languages do you learn at school ? Do you have French Classes ?
    - What arts do you do at school ?
    - What are your class values ?

    (Tell us about your class !)
    We are 25 students from a primary school. We are all 9 or 10 years old. There are 13 girls and 12 boys in our class. Our teacher is a man.
    We study French, mathematics, English, history, geography and science. We have drawing classes. We also dance at school and play rugby and music.
    Our class values are "Respect et gentillesse (Respect and kindness)".
    We use a class blog to connect with friends from New Zealand (Auroa School, Worser Bay Shool and Mangatoki Te Kura o Nga Ruahinerangi) and from Tahiti (Punaauia Manotahi School). We invite you to visit our blog and to write some comments. We’ll also be sure to answer you.
    Welcome !

    Serge Galligani and the Students of the CM2 from Brindas Primary School, France
    class blog : http://cm1.galligani.eu/

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    1. Hello French my friends,

      I visited France this summer. We went from London to France on the Eurostar. We visited Paris and also went to the Palace of Versailles.

      We also live in the Northern hemisphere and we live in the United States.

      We also have art classes they are starting soon. We learn about famous artists like Picasso. We do not learn a language until middle school.

      The youngest students are in Journeys and they are 5 years old. The oldest students are in 5th grade and they are 11.

      Do you learn about French painters like Monet? He is one of my and my mother's favorite painters. I saw his paintings at the Louvre museum. Have you been to the Louvre? Do you have any favorite American painters? My favorite American artist is Georgia O'Keeffe.

      Cheers,
      Lily

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  6. Dear Lily,

    I also went on the Eurostar this summer to travel from Paris to London. Our class asked today what the Eurostar is so I thought I would provide an explanation.

    The Eurostar is a fast-speed train that connects Paris and London. It's different than other trains because it travels in a dark tunnel built under water. It leaves from Gare De Nord in Paris, one of many train stations. It arrives at St. Pancras station in London, which is right next to King's Cross Station. Who knows what is significant about King's Cross Station?

    I also want to talk about another type of transportation that I took on my summer vacation. In Paris, once again there is an underground transportation system called the Metro. It feels like an entire city underground because not only are their trains but stores, food places and entertainment. We used the Metro all the time to get around. Our main station was Hotel D Ville.

    In London, the underground rail is called the Tube. Each day we would get on the Tube at Notting Hill Gate and travel to the sights we planned for the day. Sometimes the Tube was empty but one time during A Tour for Muggles, it was so crowded, we could barely move. Who wants to learn more about the Tour for Muggles?

    I hope you enjoyed this post on the transportation system in two European countries. Has anyone else been on transportation anywhere else?

    Happy blogging,

    Katie

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  7. @ Katie,

    I also took the tube in London and the metro in Paris.

    We traveled by plane to get there. We also took taxis, shuttles and boat tours. I have taken cruises on ships. One of the most interesting types of transportation was the cable car we went on up to Table Mountain in South Africa. If you go on Google Maps you can see it too.

    We also took a Harry Potter Tour. The significance of King's Cross is that is where 9 3/4 platform is. The platform is the way Harry Potter and his friend get onto the Hogwarts train.

    @Class,

    Where did you travel this summer?

    What continents have you visited?

    What countries have you traveled to?

    Where would you like to journey to?

    Cheers,
    L¡ly

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