Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween Fun Friday!

This week was an eventful week because it was  
Say No to Drugs! week
Halloween is Sunday!

One of the activities for Say No to Drugs! week was to decorate a poster with relevant messages and slogans. Mrs. Yollis' class poster featured each student saying what they think about drugs. The poster later became personal bookmarks for everyone! People thought the poster was a real winner!

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For Math, we learned about arrays!


Students created Halloween arrays! Boo!

 Above we have:

5 rows of 4
5 X 4 = 20 Halloween pencils!

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Above, we have 3 rows of 9.

3 x 9 = ? Halloween erasers

How many Halloween erasers?  ARG!

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Look out! There are 4 rows of 4 ghosts! 

4 x 4 = ? 

Thanks, Grace, for the Halloween treats!

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Above, we have birthday glow sticks from Aaron!

How many rows? How many columns?
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Next it was time for a fun craft! 
Tucker helped us READ the directions for creating a creepy spider web!

Check off the steps one by one.

 Many students in Mrs. Yollis' class appear to be part spider!

Finally, the webs had been spun!

Here is an array of arachnids!
How many webs?

How did you like the day?

What are you going to be for Halloween?

Where did you hang your spider?

Do you have other decorations on your house?

Monday, October 25, 2010

Mrs. Yollis' Class Walks for Uganda!

For the month of October, Mrs. Yollis and her class have been working on the Ugandan Global Project. The international members are: 2KM  * 2KJ * Mrs. Yollis * Mrs. Ranney * Mr. Salsich * Team Toa  

The project raises money to purchase a play area for the students of the ABC Divine Foundation School in Uganda. Donations can be made via check or PayPal here
On Friday, October 22nd Mrs. Yollis' and Mrs. Ranney's classes walked their hilly community to raise awareness and money for their new Ugandan friends.

It was a lovely autumn day. Although the weather forecast predicted rain, it was a magnificent 68˚ F (18˚ C)! Thanks to the parents who help with the community walk!
What was your favorite part of the walk?

Do you have any questions for the classes?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Are You an Expert?

The second story in our Celebrating Traditions Unit is called
"Anthony Reynoso, Born to Rope."

 This is a story of a family's tradition of Mexican rodeo roping and riding. Anthony and his family work hard and practice their skills for their exhibitions. Because of their hours of practice, they are now expert performers!

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Please share about a skill you have worked hard to learn. 

What steps did you take to master this skill?  

Was it difficult at first?
Did anyone help you to achieve this goal?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Barnes and Noble Fundraising!

Today, the school had a fundraiser at Barnes and Noble Books. Part of the sales from the day were donated to the school. Many teachers volunteered to read a book at the store to encourage people to come and join the fundraiser.

Mrs. Yollis chose to read a book called Beatrice's Goat by Page McBrier. 

This book is about a Ugandan girl named Beatrice whose family is given the  gift of a female goat from Heifer International. Beatrice sells the goat milk and is able to earn enough money to pay for her education.

Before Mrs. Yollis read the book, two students talked to the crowd about The Ugandan Global Project.

Many people who attended the school fundraiser donated money to the Ugandan Global Project.

Thank You!

How did you enjoy the performance?

Monday, October 18, 2010

Tutorial: Subtracting Across a Zero

Today we reviewed how to subtract 3-digit and 4-digit numbers. Normally, we just borrow from the place value position to the left. However, today there was a zero and we couldn't borrow!

Here is a video showing one strategy for subtracting when the neighbor is a zero.

How did it work for you?

Did you find any problems where there were TWO zeros?
What did you do? 

Final Week: Ugandan Global Project!

Mrs. Yollis and her class have joined with several other educational bloggers from around the world to form the

Members:   2KM  * 2KJ * Mrs. Yollis * Mrs. Ranney * Mr. Salsich * Team Toa 

Here is our introductory video with information about the project.

This Friday is our global walk to raise money to purchase the playground for our Ugandan friends!
Donations are welcome from everyone!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Where is Nonno? - Cecca is in Genova, Liguria, Italy

By Guest Blogger - Nonno (Ben's grandfather)
Nonno currently lives in Italy and will be sharing information with all of us! 

Happy Columbus Day, Nonno!

Nonno is not in Genoa (Genova in Italian) but
Cecca (Francesca) is there for a friend that is
having a birthday party this weekend. Cecca was
born there and grew up there. We wanted to blog
about Genova because Columbus Day is special
and coming soon.

Genova is in the province of Liguria, Italy. Genova is best known for being the birthplace of Christopher Columbus.  Columbus Day, a holiday in the United States, marks the date Columbus arrived in the Americas. Columbus Day is observed on the second Monday in October.

Oct. 12 is not a holiday in Italy. However, they are very proud of their explorer!

In Genova there is a park with plants that show his ships. Here
in Genova his ships are called Caravels. Does anyone know the names of the three ships?

Does anyone know about Christopher Columbus? Was he the first person from Europe to come to the New World?

In Genova, the house where Columbus was born is still there. It is  near the Porta Soprano, a gate in the walls that once surrounded Genova for protection from pirates and invaders. Some of the walls are gone, but there are still gates left.

Here are some of the gates in Genova. We even drive through one or two when we visit.

Genova is a city with two harbors, an ancient harbor from Roman times that is still used by ferries and cruise ships and a more modern harbor for shipping things all over the world. The Lanterna is the symbol of Genova and is a lighthouse in the harbor.

In the harbor, there are warehouses that were used to store cotton. They used the cotton to make pants for the fishermen, the pants were blue. Do you know what they were called and why?

Lanterna and Cotton Warehouses

There are hills around Genova and on the hills are 12 forts built to protect the city. Where Francesca was born,  and where her nieces and nephew live, is a neighborhood called Castelleto.  There are a lot of castles and palaces there.

 To get from the level of the Port and the Downtown, people that live in Castelletto, the hilly part of the city take Ascensore (Elevators) and Funicular (Cable Railways) back and forth to work and school. Just like the bus, you have to buy a ticket.

Another neighborhood is the Centro Storico (Historic Area) where the streets are very small and called vicoli.

I like the neighborhood called Boccadasse, an old fishing village now part of Genova. It has its name because the people thought the bay looked like the mouth of a donkey.

You can even see famous movie stars in Genova.

Genova has a nice aquarium in the old port. They have a touch pool where you can reach in and feel the rays, just like your aquarium in Long Beach.

Children walk to school with their parents. Some parents that live nearby can even look in
the classroom and see what is going on. When Ben’s friend Bubbi was in the third grade she
lived right near her school and right across the street from her Grandmother’s house. In the
picture the house with the green shutters is where Grandma lived.

Genova is famous for a pasta sauce called Pesto which you serve over their special pasta called Trofie. Ask Ben about pesto and if he likes it. Genova is also famous for its Foccacia, a kind
of bread baked with olive oil, sometimes with onions.

Do you like the colorful houses of Liguria best or the Trulli of Puglia best? I think I like the colorful houses best because they are on the seaside.

Let us know if you want to know more about Genova and Liguria and what it was like growing
up there and what Ben did when he visited.

Friday, October 8, 2010

How to Compose a Quality Comment!

The fabulous Miss Wyatt, from The Student Blogging Challenge, asked if I would guest post about commenting. I commenting and am happy to contribute!

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!

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! A 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.

Here is a video we made with tips to help you take your comments to the next level!

How to Compose a Quality Comment! from mrsyollis on Vimeo.

If Vimeo is blocked, here it is on YouTube.

We 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.

Mrs. Smith, from Ontario, Canada, adds another excellent idea:
Give some information about where you are from and what grade you are in.
Thanks for a great tip, Mrs. Smith! 

-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!

Challenge #4: 

This week, try to visit ten blogs and leave a quality comment on each one. End each comment with a question. Check back in a day or two to see if you get a response!  Try to get a conversation going! Here is a list of student bloggers. Look for students around your age and drop them a quality comment!

Leave us a comment about your success!

Here is a video about how to leave a comment on our blog.

Ask us for help if you need any!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Word Problem: Hoppy and Panda!

Today we learn about a new kind of math problem. It was different than other word problems we've done.   Usually word problems ask questions like:  

How many in all?         How many more?       How many fewer?

This was a new kind of word problem.
Panda and Hoppy left 25 comments. Hoppy left 5 more comments than Panda. 
How many comments did Panda leave? 
How many comments did Hoppy leave? 

Here is a tutorial Adia made illustrating one way to solve this type of problem.  

What do you think of this process?

If you wrote an extra math problem, leave it here! Perhaps one about Lincoln and Washington?

Maybe one about you and a friend!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Where is Nonno? Alberobello, Puglia, Italy

By Guest Blogger - Nonno (Ben's grandfather)
Nonno currently lives in Italy and will be sharing information with all of us! 

Welcome, Nonno!

Alberobello is in Puglia, Italy, in the south, on the heel part of the country, it is a special UNESCO village.


It is a famous and special village because of
its houses called Trulli.


Only one house is called a Trullo,
more than one house and they are called Trulli.

Because the kinds of stones in Puglia are very
flat they fit together easily. In old times
they were found in the fields and used to build
Trulli and rock walls around the fields.

The Trulli were built many years ago and were built without mortar or anything holding the stones together. Does this remind you of any kind of a toy?


One story is that they were built this way in case the king wanted to look at them and then tax them. When the people heard the king was coming they would take the houses apart so he would just see a pile of stones.

The Trulli have an inside and outside wall with
rocks and dirt between the walls. This keeps
them warmer in winter and cooler in summer. No AC, electrify or toilets in a Trullo.
The roof is also built the same way with an
inside and outside.

They have the funny shape with a round main floor and a roof that looks like an upside down ice cream cone. They painted the walls white.

Sometimes they painted designs on the roof.

They also have different tops called pinnacles.

In Alberobello some of the Trulli are used for shops
and restaurants selling things to tourists.

Some Trulli still have people living in them.

Some people now build vacation houses that look
like the old Trulli. I bet they have AC, electricity, and toilets.

How is this village different from your
neighborhood? Would you want to live in a

I think I know about a house near your school
that is different than normal houses in
your community. Do you know where it is and what it is called?