Sunday, December 11, 2016

Hour of Code!

Computer Science Education Week
December 5 - 11, 2016

To celebrate Computer Science Education Week, Mrs. Yollis and her students participated in the global Hour of Code! This is the fourth year of participation for Mrs. Yollis' class. 

Thank you, Hadi Partovi for creating this project!

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Computer Science week coincides with the birthdays of two computer science pioneers. A pioneer is a person who is one of the first to enter a field of study or explore a new area of thought. 

1. Ada Lovelace, born in England on December 10, 1815, is considered the world's first computer programmer.

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    2.  Grace Hopper, whose birthday is December 9, 1906, was an American computer programmer and Navy rear admiral. She contributed to the development of the COBOL language and is credited with popularizing the term "computer bug" in the programming community.

    Grace Hopper said, "To me programming is more than an important practical art. It is also a gigantic undertaking in the foundations of knowledge."

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The Hour of Code tutorials are found HERE. Students, you are free to continue using these tutorials at home with your parents. Share what you've learned with the class in the comment section!

We Tweeted about our progress using the hashtag #HourOfCode. 

What did you create with code?

What are some coding sites or apps that you like?

Teach us some code in the comment section!  

Friday, December 9, 2016

FBM Winner :: Elie's Java Script Game

Elie is our second place winner for Family Blogging Month! Congratulations on your win! 

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One of the prizes included a free post on Mrs. Yollis' Classroom Blog. Elie is a fine, fine coder and created this game for you on

Photo by Mrs. Yollis

Here is the code Elie used to create this game:  

Here is Elie playing his game and narrating some of the elements. He used the Acer app called Kazam to make this screencast. 

Did you win Elie's game? If not, try again!

What kinds of games have you created?

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Aaron's Robots!

One of Mrs. Yollis' former students, Aaron, came back to class today and shared about coding and robotics. It was perfect timing because this week is Hour of Code

Aaron talked about how robots use motors and sensors. He writes code programs to make his robots move and complete tasks. Some coding programs Aaron uses are java script from and some are the drag and drop block style used in Scratch.   

Here is the mechanical robot named EverStorm. 

Student were very interested to learn how to make a robot move, and asked intelligent questions to learn more. 

After some discussion, Aaron brought his two robots to the rug to see them perform the commands Aaron had programmed. 

The class was impressed!

What did you learn about robots from Aaron?

How are robots like the games and tasks on and Hour of Code?

Do you have any follow-up questions for Aaron? 

Family Blogging Month Winners!

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Congratulations to our Family Blogging Month Winners

Nolan, Elie and Dylan!

Each blogger received a free kid's meal to a local restaurant, a fabulous crown to wear, and a free choice post on Mrs. Yollis' Classroom Blog!

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Mrs. Yollis created the idea of Family Blogging Month back on April 1, 2010. The participation, the quality of the commenting, the interaction and learning that transpired via this classroom blog and the 365 Project makes Mrs. Yollis beam with pride.

Not only are her students and their family members becoming superior writers, but they are also honing important digital skills like how to communicate and contribute on line, how to limit personal information on the Internet, and how to develop a dynamic digital footprint. (To hone is a fancy verb that means to improve over time.) 

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Mrs. Yollis would like to personally thank all the parents and family members for their constant support.Your participation is the key to your child's educational success!

What did you think of Family Blogging Month?

Who commented from your family?

Where did your family comment from? 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

What Are Text Features?

Mrs. Yollis' class is learning about informational text

Informational text, or nonfiction writing, is based on facts, real events, and real people. There are many helpful text features found in nonfiction writing. Some common text features are:  headings, subheadings, captions, diagrams, time lines, maps, charts, and the glossary.

Below is a humdinger of a video made by Sheriff Yollis and Sheriff Salsich. They hope their video helps you greenhorns learn about about these important reading features!


Here it is on Vimeo if YouTube is blocked.

The Nonfiction Trail from Jonah Salsich on Vimeo.

 What are your favorite text features?

(Headings, subheadings, captions, diagrams, time lines, maps, charts, and the glossary.)

In class, we are writing informational text. What two text features are you using in your informational text and WHY?

What text feature is not necessary in your information text?

Friday, December 2, 2016

An Online Community!

We are part of the Edublog Student Blogging Challenge. 

This week the focus is on the idea of communityOne of the things we love about our class blog is that it is a fabulous way to build an online community!

There are many benefits to our online community. By having a class blog, we get to practice and promote our reading and writing skills. In addition, it gives us an online place to strengthen our digital citizenship skills and build quality digital footprints. Most of all, the class blog provides a wonderful space for students, families, and global friends to learn about one another.  :-)

Here is an excellent example of our online community. One connection leads to another. Watch the connections build in the comment section!  

This photo about The Real Four Corners started a chain of comments! 

The above photo lead to this geography post: Family Blogging Month :: The 50 States and some graphing about which states family members had visited. 

Here is Allie's graph. (Click to enlarge.)  

The Family Blogging Month :: The 50 States blog post lead to this chain of interesting comments in the comment section!

Allie's mom left a comment: 

Allie and Chaolin replied: 

Allie's mom replied back to the girls: 

Elie's mom joined in with a comment for Allie's mom:

Elie's dad wrote to his wife, Elie's mom:

Allie's mom replied back to Elie's mom

What a wonderful exchange! We love our online community!

What do you like about our online community?

What other communities do you belong to? How did you get involved and what do you enjoy about the community? 

Monday, November 28, 2016

An Array of Compound Words

Today we reviewed compound words. 

First, we watched the BrainPop Jr. video.

Something new to students was the idea of different types of compound words. For this, we stopped by the teacher resources from Spelling City

There are THREE different types of compound words, closed, hyphenated, and open compound words! 

Next, Mrs. Yollis got out some compound word cards. Each student was given half of a compound word. The object was to find a student with the other half. Together two students made ONE compound word. 

Once all the compound words were formed, we started making an array to figure out how many compound words we had in all. An array is a multiplication word we recently learned. When you line up objects in equal rows and columns, it makes it easy to get the total, or product

The first attempt is shown below. Students thought they had eight rows of four. So, 8 x 4 = 32 compound words.

Students soon realized that we had eight rows. However, some rows had four compound words and some rows had three compound words.  

We did some figuring, and realized we had 30 words.

Once we realized we had 30 words, we started building real arrays. 

6 rows of 5

15 rows of  2

2 rows of 15

3 rows of 10

What arrays did we miss? 

Leave a comment using at least FOUR compound words! 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Thank You, Veterans!

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On November 11, America celebrates Veterans Day. It is the day 
we honor the men and women who have served in the armed 
forces. Veterans Day is a national holiday! 

Photo by Mrs. Yollis

Veterans: Men and women who have served in the armed forces.
Soldiers: Men and women who are currently serving in the armed forces.

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Here is a link to a wonderful BrainPop

 video about America's Armed Forces.

What did you learn about the 
Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast guard?

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Here is a link to a patriotic Veterans Day blog post by Mrs. Hembree in Seattle, Washington. Read about her father-in-law's service and see photos from his Honor Flight to see the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.  

Photo honoring veterans at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Photo by Joe Hembree

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To help us learn about Veterans Day and the men and women who serve, I asked my students if any of their family members are in the military or are veterans. We honor our soldiers with this blog post! 

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Meet our district superintendent, Dr. Stepenosky. As you can see, he served in the Navy. From 1990 to 1994, he was on the USS Chancellorsville which was a guided missile cruiser. It was 9,000 tons and had a crew of 330. Notice the destroyer in the background.

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Meet Dylan's grandpa who served in the Air Force. This picture was taken in 1968 while he was in Vietnam. He was an air traffic controller which means he helped planes take off and land. Dylan's grandpa was in the Air Force for 27 years.

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Meet Seymour, Lola's grandfather. In 1942, Seymour signed up for the Army Air Corps (now known as the US Air Force). He went to training camps to learn to fly an airplane around the country before he was shipped out to Hawaii in 1944.

Seymour rose the rank of First Lieutenant and became the pilot of an airplane known as a B 25 Mitchell. In early 1945, he was deployed to the Philippine Islands. His mission was to pilot a crew of about 10 other air corps men.

While Seymour was away fighting in the war, his wife, Ruth, was also supporting the war effort by working in a factory in New Jersey. 

Seymour made it through the war with no injuries and came back home to New Jersey to be with Ruth and their young daughter, Barbara.  Lola's father was not born until many years later.  Below is a photo of Lola's grandfather and grandmother at one of Seymour's base camps.

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Meet Steven Burnett, Reese's step-cousin. He served two terms in Afghanistan with the Air Force. This picture was taken in 2011.

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Meet Dawson's cousin, Eitan, who is currently serving in Marines.   He is in the officers' program in VirginiaWe are very proud of him.  He is an amazing man!  

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Meet Nolan's great-grandfather, Dale. This is Grandma Barb's father. He enlisted in the Navy when he turned 18. He hadn't yet graduated from high school when he enlisted. He entered the Navy during World War II and was on a type of ship called a destroyer. He was on a tour of duty that took him many places including Japan. 

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Meet Josh's maternal grandfather. He served during WW II in the Air Force division in Burma from 1944-46. He job was an engineer who worked on fixing electronic communication systems .

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Meet Enzo's maternal great-grandfather, Grandpa John. He died when Enzo's grandma (his daughter) was just 15. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp. and was stationed in Haiti where he met Enzo's great-grandmother and fell in love. 

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Meet Allie's great-aunt Ellen. She is her grandmother's first cousin and is she is a veteran. Ellen is a colonel (ker •nel) in the U. S.  army, she's on active duty, and is also a radiologist. She works at a military hospital where they take care of our soldiers and their families, especially kids. Colonel Ellen thanks Allie and her class for remembering all of the veterans.

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Today, we had a fabulous Veterans Day assembly. Students wore red, white, and blue, and we had some very distinguished guests. Five veterans came to our school and were honored with a presentation and a guitar solo of the Star Spangled Banner

The assembly started with the pledge. Notice the veterans who saluted, while civilians placed their right hand over their hearts. 

One of the veterans was a non·a·ge·nar·i·an (nän ə jəˈ rē ən). A nonagenarian is a person who is between 90-99 years old. He is a WW II veteran. 

Everyone wanted to thank the veterans for their service to America! 

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Years ago, Mrs. Yollis' family retired some old tattered flags. Click here to see one of the ways to respectfully retire a flag. 

Here is a wonderful patriotic song, You're a grand Old Flag. Mrs. Yollis' late mother is playing the piano. The words are below. Sing along! 

You're a grand old flag,
You're a high-flying flag,
And forever in peace may you wave.

You're the emblem of the land I love, 
The home of the free and the brave.

Ev'ry heart beats true 'Neath the Red, White and Blue, 
Where there's never a boast or brag. 

Should auld acquaintance be forgot 
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.

Are any of your relatives or friends veterans?

Please tell us about them and thank them for their service to America!