Friday, December 18, 2009

Best Class Blog • First Runner-Up!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who voted for us!

The winners of the Edublog Awards - 2009!

Mrs. Yollis' students are on Winter Break until
January 4, 2010.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Holiday Sing-a-long

Christmas Time is Here!

By Mr. B. (Our music teacher!)

Christmas is here, Smiles all around All is so bright, All is so bright! Santa will come, To see our town, Into the night, Into the night!

And it’s Christmastime I love, People are smiling,
Holiday singing,

There’s a good feeling


Christmas is here, Gifts all around, All is a=light, All is a-light!
Santa will come, To see our town, Into the night, Into the night!

And it’s Christmastime I love, People are smiling,
Holiday singing,

There’s a good feeling


Oh Hanukkah! Oh Hanukkah,
Come light the menorah

Let's have a party,
We'll all dance the hora

Gather round the table,
We'll give you a treat

Dreidels to play with and latkes to eat

And while we are playing

The candles are burning low

One for each night, they shed a sweet light

To remind us of days long ago

One for each night, they shed a sweet light
To remind us of days long ago

Holiday Party 2009 on PhotoPeach

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

4 GB Flash Drive Gift!

Last Tuesday, several teachers and administrators visited Mrs. Yollis' class to observe the steps the class takes to prepare and publish a post.

The teachers were also interested in learning how to teach commenting skills to students.

Two days later, Mrs. Schillinger, the district's Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, came back to the class to personally thank the students for their blogging help.

In addition, she presented each student with a
4 GB flash drive!

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How are you going to use your flash drive?
Who knows what a GB is?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Northern Hemisphere Skypes Southern Hemisphere

Today Mrs. Yollis' class MET their blogging buddies in Australia!

However, the word today meant two different things.

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Today in Mrs. Yollis' class it was:
Tuesday, December 15, and the clock read 2:00 P.M.

Today in 2KM's class it was:
Wednesday, December 16, and the clock read 9:00 A.M.

Today in Mrs. Yollis' class, it is almost Winter Break!

Today in 2KM's class, it is almost Summer Vacation!

Students enjoyed meeting and sharing with Miss McGeady and their blogging buddies.

We noticed the our two classes had a lot of similarities and a few differences.

One difference: Australia uses the metric system and the U.S. uses customary units.

Here is a converter to compare the two systems.

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What did you like about the experience?

What did you learn?

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Multiplication Games

Now that all of Mrs. Yollis' students understand the concept of mutiplication, it is time to memorize the facts!

Games were played in class to help with the memorization.

In addition, students play games at home on Mrs. Yollis' website.

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Have you mastered the facts?
Do you have any tricks to help with memorization?

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

We Have an Edublog Nomination!

Mrs. Yollis' class works together to document interesting stories about what we are learning. In addition, we have made fabulous classroom connections throughout the world.
Our hard work has paid off! 
There are 38 outstanding nominees.
Click Here to vote from your home computer or iPhone!
Voting closes December 16.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Students as Teachers!

Mrs. Yollis' students are not only students, they are also teachers!
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Today several teachers from the district visited our classroom to learn about how we integrate technology in our learning.

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During our Language Arts period,
Mrs. Yollis' class worked toward finishing a future post that uses student-created images and high-level writing.

Above, third graders
discussed and evaluated
their images for the post.
Questions included:
  1. Why did you pose this way in your image?
  2. What story are you trying to tell with your image?
  3. What makes your image a good one for the Internet?
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    Above, students typed their text on their wireless computers and then peer-edited.

    In Mrs. Yollis' class, everyone strives for high-level vocabulary words to insert in their paragraphs.

    How did it feel to be a teacher?
    What do you think your students will do with your information?

    Saturday, December 5, 2009

    Technology Convention

    Mrs. Yollis is not only a teacher, she is also a student.

    This weekend, she attended the CLMS K-12 Technology Conference in San Diego.

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    There, she acted as a teacher by presenting a class on integrating technology in the classroom.

    She also had the privilege of being a student and attended many fascinating classes about technology in education.

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    Her favorite part of the weekend was listening to keynote speaker, Alan November. Mrs. Yollis took a picture with him using her laptop camera!

    Alan November talked about the roll of teachers in the the classroom and what students should be learning. Some of the ideas he shared with the educators were:

    • Students should know how to do good research on the web.

    • The classroom should be a global communication center.

    • Students should be self-directed.

    What do you think of his ideas about education?

    Tuesday, December 1, 2009

    The Chumash: Our Local Native American Tribe

    Enjoy the photos from our Chumash Interpretive Center field trip.
    The captions on each slide were composed by the students!
    They learned so much!

    Our Visit to the Chumash Museum on PhotoPeach

    Below are the mule deer we spotted while walking the trail through the oak woodlands.

    Below is a recording of a Chumash song!
    Panther thinks we're perfect!

    What was the most interesting fact that you learn about at the Chumash Museum?

    If you were a Chumash Indian, what do you think would be the most challenging activity and why?