Thursday, September 24, 2020

National! Punctuation?? Day,

Today is National Punctuation Day Yes If it wasnt for punctuation we would not be able to understand what is being said at least not easily do you agree with me 

Mrs Yollis read us a wonderfully funny book called Punctuation Takes a Vacation We thought it was a clever story idea that punctuation could go on a trip and not be available anymore What a problem that would be for everyone Everyone appreciates how punctuation helps with understanding

Leave a comment down below but do not use any punctuation Lets see if we can figure out what you are trying to say

Which punctuation mark is your favorite and why Is it a mark that is easy to use

Monday, August 17, 2020

Welcome Back! 2020-2021



Parents and Students

This blog is the centerpiece of our classroom community. It is a wonderful space for sharing and learning together. Here is a link to an article I wrote about the benefits of classroom blogging. I hope you'll have a chance to read it before our Back to School Night.

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If you are a new or returning student, please sit with your parents and leave a comment telling me about yourself. What did you do over your summer break? What adventures and experiences did you enjoy? Be sure to limit personal information! Never give away your YAPPY!

If you are one of our blogging buddies, please introduce yourself to my new class. Where are you from? What have you been up to?

Remember to proofread your comment with a parent before you publish it! 


If you are not sure how to comment on this blog, watch this video tutorial! It will walk you step by step through the process!

Happy Blogging! 

I am looking forward to learning with you!

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Friday, May 22, 2020

My 12 Quarantine Essentials

This time of quarantine has been like no other. To document our time and share what brings us comfort and utility while being in quarantine, we are sharing our 12 essential items for happiness during the quarantine.  

Hat tips to Ms. Lirenman, who got the idea from Mr. Walker from this tweet while thanking Gregg Segal for the inspiration! Good ideas are worth spreading around!

Here are our 12 quarantine essentials! Follow the links to the student blogs. They'd love a comment!

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Mrs. Yollis' 12 Essentials
Photo by Mr. Yollis

1. Buck: He brings me joy when he chases his ball, spins in the morning when he wants his food, and snores at night.
2. ukelele: Playing music brings a smile to my face and I love to sing along. 
3. cell phone/camera: I like to take photos, especially of nature, so my phone is never far from reach.
4. ipad: When I need another machine for a Zoom or I want to create a greenscreen project on Do Ink, I reach for my iPad.
5. tennis shoes: Walking has provided excellent exercise for my husband and me.
6. computer: Zoom, zoom, zoom! 
7. whiteboards with markers: These have been invaluable for teaching. I prepare them ahead of time with mini-lessons, and I grab them when I'm ready to share. 
8. books: I ♥ reading! 
9. Suduko: Doing one puzzle a day is good for my brain!
10. Moose, the stuffed animal: Moose has been a wonderful addition to our read-aloud sessions. He loves to act out scenes for us!
11. Jelly Belly beans: It's good to have a special sweet treat every now and then! 
12.  plants: Gardening and being in nature brings me a feeling of happiness and tranquility. 

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Chasing Cheetah's Blog Post

has accepted the challenge to collect 12 items that I use during the quarantine.  Here are all of the things I use.
  1.  Lego – I have been having fun building Lego with my cheetah bro.  This is a fun thing for us to do together.
  2. Journal -I use this to draw and write stories when my eyes get tired from my computer.
  3. Wipes – These are important because I help my cheetah mom wipe things down.
  4. Mask – Whenever I go out scootering, biking, or walking I wear this.
  5. Goggles – I have been spending a lot of time in the pool with my goggles and cheetah family.
  6. Schedule – This helps me know what to do during my day at school.
  7. Slime – I enjoy making and playing with slime.  I like butter slime because of the way it feels.
  8. Maple – I love spending quality time with her.  I got her during quarantine and she is making this time at home more fun.
  9. Phone – I have fun taking pictures, playing games, and face timing with my grandparents on this.
  10. Hand Sanitizer – This helps me when I touch something.  I use it to wash my hands.
  11. Water Bottle – It is really good to drink water all day.  I try to drink two of these each day.
  12. Acer – This computer helps me with so many things.  Without this I would not be able to do my school work and blog.

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These are some things Lucky Llama needs for quarantine.

1. That puppy is Dutchess, my stuffed animal.

2. The Xbox controller is there because I like Xbox.

3. The thread and felt are there because I like crafting.

4. The huge teddy bear is there because she helps me sleep.

5. The goggles are there because I like to swim in the pond.

6. The hot cocoa is there because it's sooooo yummy.

7 & 8. The book and iPad are there because I would get bored without them.

9. I forgot one thing: Nutella. I love Nutella it's sooooo good.

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Lucky Ducky's 12 Essential Quarantine Items

Photo By Mommy Duck

1. Toothbrush:  Cleaning my teeth is very important, so I don’t get cavities.

2. Z bar: Z bar is a healthy snack I have once a day.

3. Soccer ball: I have a soccer ball to practice soccer. I really enjoy playing soccer and I miss playing with my team.

4. Swimsuit and goggles: Twice a week, I like to go swimming with my brother.

5. Vitamins: I take my vitamins every day to stay healthy.

6. Minecraft books: One of my favorite books to read are Minecraft books. Some of the books give me great tips and some are the adventure, such as Minecraft the Island.

7. Nerf gun: I like to do nerf gun battles with my brother and my dad. My dad shoots very fast which makes the game more fun.

8. MacBook Pro: I use my MacBook Pro for education and watching youtube videos.

9. Boxing gloves and rod: I do my kickboxing through zoom every day for one hour. It is a great way to learn discipline and get good exercise.

10. iPhone: I use my iPhone to listen to music.

11. Hand sanitizer: The hand sanitizer keeps my hands clean which is very important.

12. Pokemon Cards: I collect pokemon cards and trade with my brother. I have some very good cards and some not so good ones. I try to trade the bad ones with good ones.

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Milos Supreme's 12 Quarantine Essentials are:

1. FIFA 14: I like Fifa 14 because it is really fun and makes me feel proud when I score a goal.

2. Xbox controller: I like the Xbox controller because I can connect it to my brother's computer.

3. Swimming trunks: I like my swimming trunks because I don't want to swim naked!

4. Music: I love music because it calms me down when I am having a hard time.

5. Basketball: I like basketball because it is a challenging game.

6. Dogman: I love Dogman books because they are so funny.

7. Kyrie Irving shoes: I like my Kyries because they have a really cool design.

8. TV: I like TV because I can relax I'm being entertained.

9. Badger Claws: I like this book because it makes me feel like I'm there with him.

10.Lego: I like Lego because it's challenging to build what I can picture in my mind.

11. Coloring: I like coloring because it's fun to draw beautiful pictures.

12. Gaming: I like gaming because it's something fun I can do with friends while we're in quarantine.

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Cooper's Coop-tastic Place Post

  1. A speaker because music is one of my passions.

  2. My VR goggles to watch Netflix with.

  3. A drawing notebook to make creations in.

  4. Hairbrushes come in handy.

  5. My toothbrush so I can brush my teeth twice a day or more.

  6. My book, reading is another thing I enjoy.

  7. My I pad for the weekend and when I earn it.

  8. My favorite stuffed animal is a good one for cuddling.

  9. My spray bottle I can’t brush my hair without it!

  10. Cooper, my standard poodle, who is always playful.

  11. I have glasses on under the emoji, and they keep my eyes safe.

  12. I have activity boxes above me I use them a lot.

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1. Ipad: I can communicate with my friends on computer applications such as Facetime and Roblox.

2. Cloud slime: When I’m stressed or need some time to brainstorm,  I stretch, poke and squeeze it.

3. Doll: Dolls are used in my mini Shopkins mall. I use the dolls to roleplay and pretend play.

4. Mask: When I am outside of my home, I always make sure to wear a mask to protect my face from germs.

5. Acer: I use my Acer to Zoom with all my classmates and my teacher twice a day. I also use this nifty little device to complete all of my schoolwork.

6. Markers: When I have free time I draw pictures like beautiful colorful butterflies, shopkins, and cute girly characters. Drawing helps me relax.

7. Book: I really enjoy reading and using my imagination to visualize the characters and settings in the books.

8. Ouija Board: Oooh this is so scary. With this game you can ask questions to ghosts and have them spell out the answers for you. Do you think they are real?!

9. Beads: So many beads! You can use various shapes, like hearts, stars, and circles, to create really cool pieces of art with any colors you want.

10. Microphone: Nothing is more fun than twirling around your room while singing and dancing to your favorite songs!

11. Snorkel: When I am swimming in my pool, I like to go underwater and breath out of my mouth from this super stylish snorkel.

12. Puppy: When I’m lonely, my puppy, Archie, is always here to play and cuddle with me. He’s so cute.

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More lists to come! Check back again!

What items are similar on your list?

What are some differences?

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Quality Commenting Lesson

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!

Mrs. Yollis made a poster using the five-steps to writing a quality comment. You are free to use this infographic, but please give credit and link back to this 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.

Here is a poster that Mrs. Yollis made! 

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

If you like to add fun are those codes!

What did you learn about quality commenting? 
 Why is it important to proofread a comment before pressing publish? 

Each one of my third graders has their own blogs. They would LOVE a comment from you! 

Click here to find all the third-grade blogs. 
Comments welcomed!

Friday, February 14, 2020

Happy Presidents Day!

The third Monday in February is Presidents Day.

George Washington and Abe Lincoln were both born in February, so we honor these men with a national holiday.

Washington Monument
Photo by Mrs. Yollis 
Lincoln Memorial with Mrs. Yollis 

Learn about these historical figures from our PuppetPal videos.

Ben and Elijah


 Carsyn and Kevin 


 Archie and Paul


 Cade and Isla

 Emma and Darien

 Emily E. and Ivy

 Evan and Kasra 

 Julia and Natalia

What are some additional fun facts about President Washington and President Lincoln?

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Global School Play Day, 2020

Today, my class participated in Global School Play Day

I was heavily influenced to participate in #GSPD after listening to this eye-opening presentation:The Decline of Play TED Talk from the psychologist Peter Gray. 

Photo by Mrs. Yollis 

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On Monday, I emailed parents, shared "The Decline of Play" video, and asked for games to be brought in for our #GSPD event. On Wednesday, we played!

First, we talked about the rules. 
There would only be , the Golden Rule.

There were so many fun group games!

Photo by Mrs. Yollis 

Photo by Mrs. Yollis


Photo by Mrs. Yollis 

Giant Checkers on a woven game board!

Photo by Mrs. Yollis

Some kids play Jacks for the first time! 

Photo by Mrs. Yollis 

Key to the Treasure

Photo by Mrs. Yollis 

 There was a new game, Blank Slate.

Photo by Mrs. Yollis 

Many kids enjoyed creating. 

Origami was a hit! 
Photo by Mrs. Yollis

Photo by Mrs. Yollis 

Some students were driving their toys all over the world!


Outside games and fun were enjoyed. Some kids created a mega-hopscotch game! 

 Even our principal join in!

Photo by Mrs. Yollis  

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 What is your opinion of Global Play Day? 

In your opinion, what is the best game? 

Be sure to add support sentences for your opinion. 

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Family Blogging Month: Generational Comments

Our November is Family Blogging Month post has some wonderful exchanges! Some comments are student-to-student. However, some are generational! 

Below are some sample comments that involve students, their parents, and grandparents.   We love our online learning community!

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Ivy's Generations

Here is a comment to all of us from Ivy's mom on Our Emoji Math.  She ends with an algebraic answer for a student sports puzzle. 

Ivy, her mom, and her grandfather have a conversation going on here! 
Everyone loves blogging and math!

Here is a comment to all of us from Ivy's grandmother in Chicago:

Several students commented back to Ivy's Chicago grandmother.

Ivy's dad has a wonderful conversation with Kate! 

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Evan's Generations

Here is a comment to all of us from Evan's grandmother in Kentucky. We started a comment back to her on the Family Blogging Month post so stay posted!

Evan and friends have commented back to Grandma Alice! 

 Evan's mom has a terrific comment on the Family Blogging Month post.

Emily E. and her grandmother have written a comment together on Dolphins Delight!

 How do you encourage your family members to contribute to Family Blogging Month? Leave some tips to help your classmates.

What are some relatives besides parents and grandparents?