Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Student Blogging Challenge #2

One of the tasks for Challenge #2 in the Student Blogging Challenge is to create an avatar. 

An avatar
is an image or cartoon that is used to  
represent a person online
An avatar can show a little about the person,  but should not reveal too much personal information. 

For our educational blog, we use avatars to protect a child's true identity.

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Mrs. Yollis has used several avatars in the past.
Third Grade Picture
At Google Headquarters
In the Classroom

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Here are our new class avatars!

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What do you think of our avatars?
Which is your favorite Mrs. Yollis avatar, and why?
Have you ever used an avatar before? When?

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Check Out These Blogs!

Miss W. from the Student Blogging Challenge has highlighted several blogs that are worth visiting! 

Please take a moment to visit a few and hopefully leave a comment! :-)

In your comment, tell them  
who you are 
specifically what you liked about their blog
(Remember: first names ONLY!)

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Teegan – NZ,  World Star Academy – USA, Mental Weight – USA,  Simone – NZ, Mr Carson – a little school in Canada, Calie – USA, Connor – NZ, Indy – Australia, Coleman – USA, Mason – USA, Digiridoos – NZ, Abbey – USA, Mrs Yollis – USA, tj at Hyden – Australia, Mrs Tieppo – Australia, Braxton – NZ,  Rachel – USA, Bree - NZ, Finn – NZ, Alice – NZ, Jakob – NZ, Mrs Davis-Louis – USA, Mrs Melton – USA, iCubed – USA, Robert – USA, Derek – USA, Brenna – NZ, Daniel – NZ, Miss T – NZ, Daiki – Thailand, Chloe – USA, Dakota – USA, Christian – USA, Addison – USA

Here is a Fantastic ‘About’ page 
Mr Baldock – Australia

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If you left a comment on one of the blogs, tell us which one!

Let's help promote great bloggers!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Why Visit this Blog?

Mrs. Yollis' class  joined an international project called the

One task for Challenge #1 is to publish a post answering the following questions:

Why is this blog going to be interesting? 
What will this blog be posting about? 
What could someone learn from reading Mrs. Yollis' Classroom Blog?

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We post about what we are learning! 
Here are FIVE sample posts from the archive to show what you can expect from Mrs. Yollis' Classroom Blog!

1.  This blog will take you on a tour of North America

2.   We have fabulous Lucky Hats!

3.   You can read about a Rescued Hummingbird!

4.   You can learn Spanish

5.    We to comment! 

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Are you looking forward to the 10 challenges?

What kinds of posts/topics interest you?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Fabulous Fall!

Did you know that this year, September 22, is the first day of autumn?

In Southern California, we do not experience autumn, or fall,
the same way some places do.

However, we do feel a change in our weather, and even
the leaves of our trees sometimes change c

Have you ever wondered why leaves change color in the fall?

If you'd like to find out the answer
or learn some other fabulous fall facts,
click on this link called Awesome Autumn!


What did you learn from the Awesome Autumn! site?

What are your favorite fall sports and activities?

What do you like most about fall?

Friday, September 17, 2010

Lucky Hat Day! 2010

This week, Mrs. Yollis' class read "The Lost and Found", a story
in our anthology by Mark Teague.

The story is about three friends who get lost in the Lost and Found bin! Their lucky hats bring them good luck at the end of the story.

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For fun, we wore our lucky hats today!

Lucky Hat Day! 2010 on PhotoPeach

(PhotoPeach captions written by Mrs. Yollis and Jaden during Fun Friday!)
Tell us about your lucky hat?

Whose hat did you like the most and why?

What was your favorite part of the day?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Back to School Night!

Normally Mrs. Yollis' class looks like this.

Tonight, Mrs. Yollis' class looked like this!

It was Back to School Night!

Parents came to hear about third grade!

Mrs. Yollis shared her website, where 
homeworkspelling words, parent information, and learning games 
can be found.

Parents viewed the reading video about how to choose the right book. They also learned about searching for a Reading Counts book.

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What are you excited to learn about this year?

What did your parents think of your organized desk?
Parents, how is third grade different from when you were in school?

Unsure about how to comment? Here is a video tutorial


How to Find a Reading Counts Book

Finding a book that is on your  reading level can be a challenge. 

Here are some video tips about how to spot a book that is TOO HARD or TOO EASY.

The students will also show you how to tell if the book is a Reading Counts book.


Here is a link to some Reading Counts information!

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Please leave a comment about reading!

Advanced students:  When leaving a comment, if you want to put your book title in italics, use the italics  HTML code!

For example:

Will look like this when you click publish:
The Lost and Found is one of my favorite stories.

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Have you ever learned a new word from a book? Teach us the new word!

What genre do you like and why?
Mystery? Fantasy? Adventure? Realistic Fiction? Nonfiction?

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Student Blogging Challenge 2010

Mrs. Yollis' class has signed up to be a part of 

This 10 week challenge is a fun way to learn about blogging and to meet other classes!  

Never heard of the Challenge? Here is Information for First Time Visitors.

Here is a link to the FAQs page.

The Student Blogging Challenge is coordinated by Sue Wyatt, Sue Waters and Ronnie Burt.

The Challenge will begin around September 21st. 

Here is a link to register!

Here is a list of bloggers from all over the world who will be participating!

Join the fun!

Are you looking forward to the Challenge?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Ryan's Model Comment!

Today Mrs. Yollis' class got a lovely comment from Mrs. McKenzie's class in New Zealand. 

On September 3, Ryan had left a quality comment on their post:

Way to go, Ryan! 

Have you ever left a quality comment?

What made it a QUALITY comment?

Happy Birthday Pictogram!

Mrs. Yollis discovered a wonderful graphing site from Mrs. Ogden.

Today we looked at the birthdays in the classroom using a birthday pictogram.

(Click the picture to make it larger.)

(We took a screen shot by pressing COMMAND + SHIFT + 3)

Then we made up questions!

How many more birthdays are there in November than June?

There are 3 more birthdays in November than June. 

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Please use the data to ask a question in the comment.

Hopefully a reader will answer correctly! 


Monday, September 6, 2010

A Record Number of Comments!

Our Welcome Back post generated a record number of comments!

Mrs. Yollis taught lessons about 
how to comment on a blog 
and her new students have taken off!

Students are:  
Using letter format
Adding quality content
and many are
Ending with a relevant question.
(Ending with a question helps get a conversation going in the comment section!)

Several students even commented back to readers! Well done!

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 Thank you to the following educational bloggers for taking the time to leave a comment and introduce yourself. We appreciate your friendship!  :-)

Mr. Salsich,   Miss McGeady and 2KM,   Miss Jordan and 2KJ,   Mrs. Ranney,   Miss Cashen,   Mrs. Levy,   Mr. Webb and Room 8, Mrs. McKenzie,   Miss Wesley,   Mr. Stephen,   and   The Book Shook.

Thank you parents and grandparents for supporting our blog and helping to proofread the comments! 

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Mrs. Yollis' students are invited to leave a quality comment on any of the above blogs. 

Remember, first names only and sign that you are from Mrs. Yollis' class.

Happy Blogging everyone!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Science: Matter Matters!

The first science unit of the year will focus on matter.  

Matter can be found in 3 states: solid, liquid, or gas.

We learned that all matter has physical properties.


We observed the physical properties of our inflatable globe. We posted adjectives that described the physical properties: color, temperature, shape, size, texture, hardness, and flavor.

(Click on the picture to enlarge.) 

Next, it was time to investigate a liquid, grape juice to be exact.

Mrs. Yollis gathered the following materials: A jug of juice, 23 one-ounce cups, 23 popsicle sticks, and an eye dropper.

We studied the physical properties of the liquid. For example, we observed that the color was purple, it took the shape of the container, and was room temperature. Mrs. Yollis used the dropper to give each student a 1 mL taste. We determined that the flavor tasted like grapes and was sweet. The juice cups were filled and moved to the freezer.  

What do you think happened?

Because the temperature in the freezer was 32˚ F, the liquid changed form! The juice was now a delicious solid! Some physical properties had changed. For example, the texture was slippery and smooth, but quickly changed to rough. The temperature was definitely NOT room temperature anymore.

Science is deliciously fun! 

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Science extra credit: At home, find one liquid or one solid to observe.

Please describe as many physical properties as you can!

Remember: Physical properties are anything that can be observed about an object by using your five senses.

(Hint~ you can copy and paste the list below to add to your comment!)

For fun ~ Click here to fill in the crossword puzzle!