Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Multiplication/Division Pixie Problems!

Mrs. Yollis' third graders have been working with the computer teacher, Mrs. Minicozzi, to write multiplication and division story problems. 

First, students chose a X/÷ fact family and wrote the four equations


6      7     42

6 x 7 = 42
7 x 6 = 42
42 ÷ 7 = 6
42 ÷ 6 = 7

Second,  students selected one of the fact family equations.

Third, students wrote a story to match the math equation. Fictional characters were used as the main characters.

Finally, students used the computer program called Pixie to illustrate their story problems. 


Word Problems by Mrs. Yollis's class

What was the most difficult part about creating your Pixie pages? 

What advice would you give others who are using Pixie?

Make up another word problem in the comment section!

Monday, January 21, 2013

What is Plagiarism?

According to the New Oxford American Dictionary:

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Now that Mrs. Yollis' class is learning to research using the World Book Encyclopedia Online generously purchased from the PFC, it is important for everyone to understand how to share learning without just copying.

It is wrong to copy and paste! 

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How to share learning without becoming a plagiarist is tricky.

Step 1:   Read the passage completely.

Step 2:   Take notes on the interesting parts.
                  (IMPORTANT - Only write facts. Do not copy sentences.)

  • California
  • largest population
  • 33,871,648 people

Step 3:    Use the facts to compose your own sentences.
                   Now is a good time to add your opinion as you share.

Here are my own sentences using my California facts:

I was surprised to learn that my state, California, has the largest population of all fifty states. There are approximately  34 million California citizens. 

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Next week, our school will have National Geographic's
Giant Traveling Map of Asia. Use World Book Online to
 research some information about the Asian continent. 

How big is Asia in square miles?
What is the population?
How many countries? 
Pick an Asian country to learn about.
What are the highest and lowest points on the
What languages are spoken?
What bodies of water border Asia?
What animals are found in Asia?

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What would you like to learn about Asia? 

What did you learn about Asia from World Book?

Remember, to put the facts in your own words!

Friday, January 18, 2013

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.

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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!

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Please visit these blogs when you have the time.  The students would love some encouragement via a comment or even just a ClustrMap dot!


(second grader)

Collin's Cool Collection
(third grader)

(third grader)  

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