Thursday, February 25, 2010

3-D Shape Extravaganza!

By Ben, Sydney, Trent, and Ethan

In math, Mrs. Yollis’ students have been working on geometric 3-dimensional shapes. 

3-D shapes have flat faces, straight edges, and pointy vertices

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One 3-D shape is a cube. It has six square faces, twelve edges, and eight vertices. 

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 Another  3-D figure is the cylinder. This space figure has two circular faces, zero edges, and zero vertices. 

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Rectangular prisms have six faces, twelve edges, and eight vertices.  

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A recognizable  3-D shape is the cone. It looks like an ice cream cone. The cone has one face, zero edges, and one vertex. 

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One very unusual 3-D shape Mrs. Yollis’ students have learned about is the square pyramid. The square pyramid  has five faces (four triangular and one square base), eight edges, and five vertices. 

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The final 3-D shape our class  learned about is the sphere. It has no faces, edges, or vertices. 
Poor sphere.

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Here is a PhotoPeach show we put together!  See what the faces of the shapes look like!

3-D Shapes Extravaganza on PhotoPeach

3-D shapes are extremely fun to learn about!
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Thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Kim for the photo of the pyramid at the Louvre Museum!


Do you know any 3-D figures we didn’t mention?

How many faces, edges, and vertices did you find?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Internet Weather Day!

Mrs. Yollis' and Mrs. Ranney's classes joined a fabulous Internet Weather Project sponsored by Switlik Elementary School in New Jersey.

Internet Weather Day ~ February 23, 2010 on PhotoPeach

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Participants were asked to check and record weather conditions at noon on
February 23, 2010. We checked to see if it was hot or cold, cloudy or clear, calm or windy, and wet or dry. The slide show that you viewed above shows how we did this.

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We will send our results to Switlik Elementary School in New Jersey. Then they will post the results they receive from all the participants.

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You can see that the participants are from all over the United States and the World.
We can't wait to find out about the weather in each of these places!

What did you enjoy about weather day?

What new weather facts did you learn?

What kind of weather do you enjoy most?

Monday, February 22, 2010

Introducing Collaboration Corner!

Mrs. Yollis' class has met many wonderful teachers and students through their educational blog. 
 Last year, they became good friends with Miss McGeady and her students from the  2KM blog in Australia. 

Mrs. Yollis and her class were so excited when they made their new international friendship, 
they sent a song to their new blogging buddies.

The two classes regularly read each other's blogs and have met via Skype.
Read about that experience here.

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Recently, Miss McGeady and Mrs. Yollis have been collaborating on ways to

get the two classes to work together. They have created a new blog for their joint projects called

Collaboration Corner!
(Collaboration is a fancy word that means working together)

The Collaboration Corner blog will be a place for the two classes to collaborate on projects.

The first project is called What's For Lunch?

This fantastic project was first discovered on our new friend's blog, The Smarties, from Western Australia!

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The What's for Lunch? project will begin soon! 

Tutorials: Identifying Quadrilaterals!

In our polygon unit we are learning about four-sided figures called


Many people were confused about why some shapes have more than one name. Here are some tutorials to help you learn about quadrilaterals.

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What is a parallelogram?

Here is an interactive parallelogram.

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What is a rectangle?

Here is an interactive rectangle.

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What is a rhombus?

Here is an interactive rhombus.

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What is a square?

Here is an interactive square.

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Have you used our quadrilateral tutorials? 

Which one helped the most?
Please leave a comment by clicking the comment link right below this sentence.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Video: Fun Friday and the Olympic Halfpipe!

 Trent made an Olympic Halfpipe model for Shaun White and Rocky, Panda's little brother.

Enjoy the show!

What do you think of Trent's Olympic project?

What you you think of Rocky, Panda's little brother?

Learn to Write a Compound Sentence!

Mrs. Yollis' class is always trying to improve their writing skills.

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 A compound sentence:
  1. Combines two shorter sentences (so has TWO subjects)
  2. Joins the two sentences with  a conjunction (and, or, but)
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    Here are some quality compound sentences using the words Olympics or reflection.
    (Two spelling words.)

    Jaxon:  My brother, Jordan, went to the Olympics, and he bought me a pair of red maple leaf mittens.

    Sam: The Olympics had magnificent actions, and I hope Team U.S.A. dominates the other teams.

    Kate: You see your reflection when you look into a still, flat pool, and you can also see yourself when you look into a pond. 

    Richie:  This morning I saw Shaun White snowboarding, and he is a participant of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

    Jared:  At the Olympics, I am cheering for my country, and the host country of the Olympics is Canada. 

    Ayush:  I am excited because the Olympics have started, and Shaun White from Team U.S.A. won gold!

    Kendall:  The Winter Olympics take place in Vancouver, and many athletes come to compete there.

    Kayla:  I think the Olympics are really cool because it's fun watching all the exciting tricks they're performing, and I'm rooting for Team U.S.A.

    Many of the compound sentences used the word...Olympics.

    Readers can leave a comment about the outstanding compound sentences, or  they can comment about the Olympics. 
    (Hey, that's a compound sentence using the conjunction OR!)

    Challenge: Try to use a compound sentence in your comment!  :-)

    Monday, February 15, 2010

    Let the Winter Olympics Begin!

    February 12-28, 2010

    Mrs. Yollis and her students are excited about the 2010 Winter Olympics!

    The official website of the Vancouver Olympics is filled with important Olympic information.

    The Olympics are special because athletes who have been training for a long time, many for their entire lives, meet together for this international competition. Each competitor represents his/her country.

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    Although Mrs. Yollis' class has friends from around the world and will be following all the games,
    they are very excited to watch their own Team USA as they compete with
    other Olympians.

    If you would like to sign-up and receive the latest information on Team USA, click here

    If you would like to see some Olympic sites on Mrs. Yollis' website, click here.

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    The Olympic motto is Citius, Altius, Fortius!
    In Latin, that means Swifter, Higher, Stronger!

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    I will be adding interesting videos/stories here throughout the Olympics: 
    (Let me know if you find any to add!)
    1. Halfpipe video
    2. Figure skating video (a triple lutz-triple toe loop
    3. U.S. Aerialist (double full full full)
    4. Medal Count by Nation
    5. Olympic Fun Facts 

    Please leave comments throughout the Winter Olympics! 
    Keep the conversation going!

    What sport did you enjoy watching and why?

    Which athlete or team demonstrated the best sportsmanship?

    Do you know any Olympic facts to share?

    Sunday, February 14, 2010

    Join: Internet Weather Day Project!

    February 23, 2010 is Internet Weather Day!
    Sign up and be a part of it!

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    Last February, Mrs. Yollis' class was part of a fabulous Internet Weather Project sponsored by Switlik Elementary School in New Jersey.

    We learned a lot about weather and geography from the experience.

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    FUN WEATHER LINKS on Mrs. Yollis' Websiste!

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    Here is some information about our experience on February 17, 2009.

    The class went outside and gathered data about the weather at noon.

    Students paired up to read their thermometers. The temperature was between 64˚ and 65˚F.

    Although the air seemed still, we were able to get a reading on the wind meter.

    The white ball registered approximately 2.5 m.p.h.

    Switlik teachers collected and shared the information. It was interesting to compare the weather and learn about new places!

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    Weather Day is February  23, 2010

    Here is some information from Switlik School about how to participate.

     At noon on February 23, 2010, record the following: 
    • temperature (indicate Celsius or Fahrenheit), 
    • precipitation (rain, snow, or none), 
    • sky conditions (sunny, cloudy, partly sunny) 
    • snow depth (how many inches or none). 

    • You are welcome to send pictures (jpeg format preferred) and comments about your weather. Please send the results by February 26, 2010. 
    • The final results along with comments and pictures will be posted on our website. 
    • We will email an Excel spreadsheet to everyone by March 2, 2010. 
    • On our website: Switlik Elementary  you can click Weather Day February 23, 2010, for a list of participants. You can also check our website:  and click Weather Projects on the left to view our previous weather projects. 

    If you are interested in participating please email: 

    by Wednesday, February 17, 2010, with the following information:

    Name of School:
    City, State, Country:
    Contact person:
    email address:

    We're looking forward to February 23, 2010! 

    Friday, February 12, 2010

    Happy Valentine's Day!

    Much Love From Mrs. Yollis' Class!

    What was your favorite part of the day?

    What surprised you about Sweetheart Math? 

    Did the box from Paul have more or less hearts?

    Wednesday, February 10, 2010

    A Variety of Van Allsburgs!

    Recently in our reading textbook, we read The Garden of Abdul Gasazi, Chris Van Allsburg's first children's book. 

    It is a clever and mysterious story about a dog named Fritz who runs into Mr. Gasazi's garden. Fritz is possibly turned into a duck by Mr. Gasazi, but the reader never really knows for sure. Mr. Van Allsburg leaves that up to the reader to decide.

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    Because Mr. Van Allsburg is such a talented writer and has written so many wonderful books, Mrs. Yollis read three more Van Allsburg books.

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    The first book we enjoyed was Bad Day at River Bend. 
    The story seems to take place in an old western town. Everything and everyone in town is being covered by a colorful greasy slime. However, at the end it is revealed that all the characters are in a young boy's coloring book!

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    The second one we listened to was called Two Bad Ants.  
    Through their experiences in the jar of crystals, which turn out to be sugar, these ants learn that they are better off staying with their colony rather than venturing out on their own.

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    Finally, Mrs. Yollis read The Widow's Broom to us. 
    It was an eerie tale in which a witch's broom comes to be owned by a widow. The neighbors are very upset about this enchanted broom who does all the widow's chores and want to do away with it. However, the widow comes up with an extremely clever plan to trick the neighbors and keep her broom!

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    Which of these stories did you like best and why?

    What other books by Chris Van Allsburg have you enjoyed?

    Please leave a comment and give us your opinions.

    Tuesday, February 9, 2010

    Tessellation Tuesday!

    Today Mrs. Yollis' class learned that when plane figures combine to cover a surface without overlapping or leaving any space between them, those figures tessellate.

    The repeating pattern formed by the figures is called a 

    Above is a radiating tessellation. 
    (The pattern tesselates from the center out.)

    Here is a linear tessellation. 
    (The pattern is tessellating in a straight line.)

    We had fun exploring and even creating some beautiful geometric artwork!

     Our Tessellations on PhotoPeach

    Do you see any tessellations in your house?
    What is the shape? 
    (We bet you're seeing tessellating squares!)

    Friday, February 5, 2010

    Visit the Pacific Ocean!

    By Anais

    Last weekend, I went whale watching with my family. It was windy, and sometimes the mist from the ocean got us a little wet. Please watch my slide show to see some of the wildlife in the Pacific Ocean!

    Visit the Pacific Ocean! on PhotoPeach

    Here are some diagrams of baleen whales

    and toothed whales.

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    Have you ever been whale watching?

    Do you have any questions that I can answer?
    Please, leave a comment!

    Thursday, February 4, 2010

    The Polygon Movie!

    Mrs. Yollis' class has been learning all about geometry.   Last week, they learned about  the CIRCLE!

    This week, the students are learning about POLYGONS! 
    (A polygon is a closed figure with straight lines.)

    In this 2008 drama, Circle tries to get a starring role in the new movie, Polygons, but is forced to accept the fact that

    A CIRCLE is NOT A POLYGON and never will be.

    Don't worry, it has a happy ending!

    Click here to watch the movie!

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    Do you have any polygons in your house?

    Which shape was your favorite character?

    Tuesday, February 2, 2010

    Join World Maths Day!

    March 3, 2010 is World Maths Day!

    It is a fantastic Internet project for students.
    Mrs. Yollis' class participated last year and really enjoyed the experience!

    All students were given a Username and Password today so they can prepare for March 3.

    Good luck! 
    Let us know which countries you have played against!

    Happy Groundhog Day!

    Today, February 2, Punxsutawney Phil came out of his burrow at Gobbler's Knob in Pennsylvania.

    He saw his shadow!

    Tradition says that:

    If Punxsutawney Phil 

    sees his shadow... then winter weather will continue for six more weeks.

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    If Punxsutawney Phil 

     does NOT sees his shadow... then spring weather will come soon

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    What do you think of  Punxsutawney Phil?

    Do you know of any other traditions?

    Monday, February 1, 2010

    Circular Circles!

    In our class, we are studying geometry, and
    we are learning about circles.

    Mrs. Yollis' necklace was made of CIRCLES.

    The playground had many CIRCLES. 

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    We  learned that circles have a center point. It is the same distance from anywhere on the circle.  

    In addition, we  learned that a line segment drawn from the center point to the outside edge of the circle is a radius.

    The diameter is a line segment. It passes through the center and has endpoints on the circle.

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    After the vocabulary lesson, Mrs. Yollis' students were ready to make their own CIRCLES.

    Chalk was tied to a piece of yarn. The yarn was the RADIUS. 
    A student sat in the CENTER. 

    Keeping the RADIUS tight,
    the chalk was dragged around the CENTER creating a CIRCLE!.


    It was hard to keep the chalk the same distance from the CENTER. 

    Finally, we had a beautiful CIRCLE.  

    Screech, our local hawk, was too busy hunting to be interested in circles.


    After the class circle was drawn, 
    students broke into teams to create their own CIRCLEs.



    One group used the CENTER from the class CIRCLE.

    Now there were two CONCENTRIC CIRCLES!




    After the CIRCLES were made, it was time to measure the RADIUS and DIAMETER.

    The DIAMETER of this CIRCLE was 6 feet.

    We divided the DIAMETER in half and got a  RADIUS of 3 feet.


    Here we used a benchmark unit of 1 yard to predict the DIAMETER. 

    Some students marked off their guess using giant steps. 

    Each team's circle had a different radius, and of course, a different diameter!

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    Some students confuse a circle and a sphere.
    A circle is 2-dimensional.
    A sphere is 3-dimensional.

    Here is a quiz. Do you know the difference?
    Circle or Sphere? on PhotoPeach

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    How do you like our circles? 
    What circles can you find around your house?

    Try measuring the radius of a circle you find at home and let us know what the measurement was.

    Remember, to find the diameter, double the radius!