Friday, June 24, 2016

New Third Grade Bloggers!

Terrific third grade bloggers! These are GAFE Blogger accounts. Parents are the administrators as am I. 

My new bloggers would welcome a comment or a ClustrMap dot!

What advice do you have to help my blogger connect with other classes?

What do you like about blogging? 

Monday, June 20, 2016

The Summer Solstice is Today!

According to, this year's Summer Solstice will occur at 3:34 P.M. today in Los Angeles! Today is Monday, June 20, 2016. 

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What is a summer solstice? 

sum·mer sol·stice

noun: the solstice that marks the onset of summer, at the time of the longest day, about June 21 in the northern hemisphere and December 22 in the southern hemisphere.

Here is a fabulous BrainPop video explaining the seasons. 

Solstice Fun Facts:

  • The summer solstice is the longest day of the year.
  • Bonus: Tonight there is a full moon!
  • The full moon is called a strawberry moon.  


Summertime is a fun time! 

For one thing, school is out and will not resume until August 24. Students and teachers have time off to pursue some relaxation and person learning.  

Photo by Abby's mom

Many people gather together for summer parties. The air temperature is lovely, and people enjoy being outside!

Photo by Mrs. Yollis 

People and pooches love to get in the water to cool off. Go, Buck, go! Swimming pools, the beach, lakes, rivers, and even sprinklers provide a welcome reprieve from the heat. 

Speaking of the heat. Sometimes summers bring heat waves. A heat wave is a period of excessive heat. Here is Los Angeles, we are in the middle of a heat wave. It was 111 ˚ F (44 ˚C) at 9:30 this morning. That's hot!

Photo by Mrs. Yollis

Student bloggers are still publishing! Keep your writing strong via quality commenting. My Trip to Monterey Bay and My Mini Robots are two new student posts.  


What are some things you enjoy about summer? 

What is a strawberry moon?

What are some summer foods you enjoy? 

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

Even though school has ended for my students, my learning journey continues! 

My district offered a wonderful weeklong institute called the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. 

Mary Ehrenworth was the lead writer at this institute. 
She was inspirational! 

Photo by Mrs. Yollis

I just completed the program, and I could not be more excited about teaching writing in the fall! Now, that says it all!

Here are my tweets from the week collected in a Storify. Scroll through them if you are interested. Tweeting helps me think about what I'm learning, I can share learning with friends, and then I have a resource to quickly refresh my memory about what I've learned. The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project uses the hashtag #tcrwp to filter and gather tweets.

I hope my tweets help you too! 

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Did you learn anything from my Tweets? 

What are you learning about this summer? Please share! 

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Open House ♥ 2016

Welcome to our Open House!

So much learning on display!

Polygon People
What is your perimeter
Use distributive property to solve. 

Symmetry Photography

What a beautiful photo math project!  

Origami Stars

Charlotte's Web Collaborative Comics

Fractional Names
Do you have more vowels or consonants in your name?



It has been a great year with Google Apps for Education. 
Have your child share their Google Site!

Biography Bonanza!

So many interesting and important people in the room tonight!
Who did you enjoy learning about?

Badger Claws Journals
What did you learn about this little Chumash boy?

Gorilla Corner
Lots of learning! Gorilla reports, a rain forest, and a life size gorilla. How did you arm span compare to the 8' gorilla span? This is a complement to our core novel The One and Only Ivan

I Would Love to Be A... (Poetry)

Movie Center

A Journey Through the Alphabet, Meet the Dictionary, or our National Geographic Giant Traveling Map video.

This year, Mrs. Yollis opened up a green screen photo booth. Students took photos of their favorite project and put it in an "Open House" album on our ipad. At Open House, Mrs. Yollis took a family photo and then the students created a Do Ink photo! Families were able to be photographed inside a favorite project! 

Here are the fun results!

Parents, how did you like your Open House?

What was your favorite?

Please leave a comment to share with the class. Remember, do not provide any private information. Do NOT give out our school name, our community name, or your last name.

Thanks for a great year of learning and a fun evening!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

What is a Polygon? What is a Quadrilateral? Video Tutorials

We just started reviewing geometry. There is a lot of vocabulary to learn!

Let's start with one question, what is a polygon? Is a circle a polygon? Watch this movie to find out! 

In our polygon unit, we are learning about four-sided figures called


Many  people were confused about why some shapes have more than one name.  Here are some tutorials to help you learn about quadrilaterals.

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What is a parallelogram?

Here is an interactive parallelogram.

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What is a rectangle?

Here is an interactive rectangle.

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What is a rhombus?

Here is an interactive rhombus.

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What is a square?

Here is an interactive square.

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What did you think of our quadrilateral tutorials? 

Which tutorial helped the most?