Thursday, April 26, 2012

Happy 30th Birthday, Miss Jordan!

We love celebrating birthdays with our blogging buddies. 
This time it is Miss Jordan, our Australian blogging buddy from 4KM and 4KJ, who is celebrating a milestone birthday. Although it is only Thursday, April 26th here in Los Angeles, it is Friday, April 27th in Australia! Happy Birthday, Miss Jordan!
Miss Jordan always supports our learning, and we appreciate her!

Here is a special birthday song we recorded for her today with our new music teacher, Mrs. Adler.

Mrs. Morris, who works with Miss Jordan, embedded a Web 2.0 tool called WallWisher in their class blog. Please head over and leave Miss Jordan some special birthday wishes!

Here is a link to the WallWisher.

Pajama Day at School!

Today was a spirit day at our school. Lots of students jumped out of bed and came right to school. Not only was it fun, but it gave us a chance to look at patterns!

Pajama Day Patterns! on PhotoPeach

What pattern do you have on your pajamas?

What's fun about spirit days?


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Flaunt Your Funny, Frivolous, Fabulous Fads!

Currently, Mrs. Yollis' class is reading
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 
the wonderful, well-known author, Beverly Cleary.

We have just finished reading hilarious Chapter 3, 
"The Hard-Boiled Egg Fad!" 

In this chapter, Ramona and all her third grade buddies are having fun with the latest fad: packing a hard-boiled egg in their lunches each day.  The fad isn't just about eating a hard-boiled egg, however! It's really all about cracking it on your head before you peel it!

  Some of the kids use the timid "rap-rap-rap" method.  Others, like Ramona, 
like to show-off with one big  "whack" to the head!

The fad is not so much fun anymore for Ramona, when she finds that the egg 
she thought was hard-boiled was really raw! Boy, how humiliating!

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A fad is something that is very popular for a short time,
and fads can be a lot of fun! Fads often involve fashion, an activity, or some kind of toy or trinket.

In your comment, tell us about a fad that you know about.
What is popular right now? What has been popular in the past?

Family members and friends, this is a great post for you to get involved in! Tell us about fads that were popular 
when you were young!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Four Students Earn Their Own Blogs!

In Mrs. Yollis' class, students who demonstrate responsible work habits and regularly participate in the class blog are eligible to earn their own blog. Maintaining a blog takes a lot of hard work and dedication. Today, four students are ready to take on that responsibility.

A big thank you goes out to the parents of our student bloggers.
Parents are the administrators of each student blog and have been learning right alongside their child.  Well done parents!

Rather than leaving a comment here, please click on one of the student blogs above.
Not sure what to say when leaving a comment? Here is a video to help you contribute a quality comment. 

The new bloggers would love a quality comment from you!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Mystery Skype With Iowa!

Recently, Mrs. Yollis' class participated in a Mystery Skype Call with Mrs. Pearson's class in Iowa! 

To learn more a Mystery Skype Call, click here.

Mystery Skype: Iowa! on PhotoPeach

What clues were used to figure out the mystery state?

How is Mrs. Pearson's community different that your community?

Did you enjoy your Mystery Skype job?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

April 12: Drop Everything and Read Day!

Beverly Cleary is a fabulous writer of children's books! 

Happy 96th Birthday, Beverly Cleary!

Different covers...same story!

 In class, we will be reading one of Beverly Cleary's books called Ramona Quimby, Age 8 . In chapter two, Ramona's teacher, Mrs. Whaley,  introduces D.E.A.R time to her third graders. During this daily thirty minute period, students are allowed to read anything they like. 

To honor Beverly Cleary's birthday, 
April 12 is officially called National 

Drop Everything And Read 

Mrs. Yollis' class is on Spring Break this week, so hopefully students will participate from their home!

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Here is an interview of the incredible Mrs. Cleary. She explains how she became a writer and where she gets ideas about her characters. 

Here is a trivia game about Ramona and her friends on Klickitat Street! 

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Which books have you read by Beverly Cleary? Please share a favorite part!

Who is your favorite character and why? 

Please share some facts you learned about Beverly Cleary from the hyperlinks! 

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Sing and Dance in Spanish!

Last week, Mrs. Yollis' class was reading Pepita Talks Twice. In that post, the class learned Spanish!

As part of the week's festivities, they got together with Mrs. Ranney's class and learned the Mexican Hat Dance! Take a look!

In addition to reading the story, learning some Spanish, and dancing the Mexican Hat Dance, Mrs. Yollis' blogging buddies in Mississippi shared a weather video to expand our learning! We know our Mississippi blogging buddies from our Write Your Own Math Problems post!

El Tiempo

Hace buen tiempo:  hace calor (3xs), hace fresco (3xs), hace sol (3xs)
      Hace mal tiempo:   hace frio (3xs), esta nublado (3xs), hace viento (3xs), 
esta nevando (3xs), esta lloviendo (3xs), hay tormenta (3xs), hay graniza (3xs).

El Tiempo
Buen Tiempo
Mal Tiempo


There is good weather, It's hot, It's cool, Its sunny.
There is bad Weather, It's cold, cloudy, windy, snowing, raining,
storming, hailing.

The Weather.

Good Weather.
Bad Weather.

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Tips for typing in Spanish on a Mac!

To make the upside down exclamation mark:  ¡  Press OPTION + 1

To make the upside down question mark:  ¿    Press  SHIFT + OPTION + ?

To make the tilde over the n:     ñ   Hold OPTION, Hold n, Release OPTION, press n.

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Do you know any other Spanish?

Do you know any other typing tips?

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Lowest, Driest, Hottest: Visit Death Valley

This week, Mrs. Yollis' class is learning about 
Comparative Adjectives.

Add -er to most adjectives to compare two people, places, or things.

Add -est to most adjectives to compare more than two people, places, or things.

Mrs. Yollis thought this would be a good time to share some photos from Death Valley. It's appropriate because Death Valley is the lowest, driest, hottest place in North America. Learn about comparative adjectives AND a national park all in the same post!

According to the Death Valley Ranger Guide:
During the1849 California gold rush a groups of pioneers decided, against the warning of their wagon master, to take a shorcut" across the unknown deserts of the West. Only one group member died in the valley, but as the party exited through Panamint Mountains, one man looked back and said, "goodbye, Death Valley."

Although the name is less than inviting, Death Valley is a beautiful place. Enjoy the photos taken by Mr. Yollis!

Write a comment using some comparative adjectives!
Be sure to bold the adjectives so they stand out!
Research the tallest buildings! What are the longest rivers? Where are the wettest places on Earth?