Sunday, March 20, 2016

Vernal Equinox ~ 2016

One sign of spring is the abundance of colorful flowers that start blooming everywhere!

Rose photo by Mrs. Yollis  
Lilac photo by Mrs. Yollis 

Poppies by Mrs. Yollis 
Pink flowers in the eucalyptus tree by Kostaki and Will 

Our tree! by Bailey and Keya 
Pink flowers popping by Karissa

The first day of spring is called the 
Vernal Equinox. 
Spring started on Saturday, March 19, 2016, at 9:30 P.M. (PDT) in southern California. It is called the Vernal Equinox. There are two times when the sun is exactly above the equator. One equinox is in September and the other is in March. Equinox means equal night and there are nearly twelve hours of day and twelve hours of night.

Here is a video from Discovery Education to
help explain the Vernal Equinox!

Even Mrs. Yollis' website is blooming!


What signs of spring have you noticed?

Do you have springtime hobbies or activities?

What did you learn from the BrainPop movies

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Charlotte's Web Collaborative Cartoons

We just finished reading Charlotte's Web, by E. B. White. To complement the book, we made a collaborative slide show. Each of the twenty-two chapters got a summary slide. Students worked in pairs to create each summary slide. Cartoons helped tell the story!

First, students picked a chapter. Then they went to Scholastic's Charlotte's Web Make-Your-Own Comic. It is fabulous!

Once there, students picked a layout. We recommend template two. 
In addition, two comic cells per slide looks best. 

There are many comic options. For example, there are characters, objects, settings, and speech bubbles. Students clicked and dragged the items that went with their chapter. The funniest item was the pile of manure that Wilbur adored to lay in. :-) 

Students took screen shots of their comic cells and then inserted the screen shots in the collaborative Google slide show. 

Behold! Our Collaborative slide show!

After learning how to make a web, we decided to make one in our room! How did we make this web?

Photo by Maddie

Which slide was your favorite?

Which character do you like the best and why?

Which character changed the most? 

If you want to be clever, leave a comment from the point-of-view of a character.  :-) Great idea, Michael.