Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Student Blogging Challenge Begins!

Mrs. Yollis and her students love blogging! They are excited about joining other bloggers from all over the world to learn together!

What countries are participating? 

What are some of the tasks for this week? 

Some Information About Us! 

Meet Mrs. Yollis  

Our teacher is Mrs. Yollis. She has been teaching elementary school for 32 years and has been an educational blogger for 11 years. She is the administrator of this class blog, but also runs a class photo-of-the-day blog. It is called the Yollis 365 Project, and it is a fabulous place to share photos, creative writing, and poetry!

Meet the Third Graders 

Our class is a third-grade class filled with 11 boys and 15 girls. We are 1:1 with Acers, so we love integrating technology. For example, we LOVE watching BrainpopJr videos, looking at the National Weather Service's forecast, educating ourselves with Freckle,  creating and sharing our learning with Seesaw, and "going places" using the Chrome Extension Earth View

Meet Beverly the bear, Barnaby Bones, and Flat Panda! 

When not at school, the class has a lot of hobbies and interests. We are only about 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean, so many students like to collect shells, swim, boogie board, climb the rocks, search for sea glass, build sand castles, and surf. One student recently went deep sea fishing and caught over 18 fish, some sand dabs and rockfish. Several students have made the trip to Catalina Island. 

Sports are a big part of everyone's life. Numerous students play soccer. Handball is popular, and so is baseball. At recess, some popular games are prisoner, jump roping, kickball, soccer, tetherball, dodgeball, and hula hooping. 

One student goes to the local public pool to do laps.

Food is an important part of life and we have many favorites! Some popular foods at lunch are pizza, hot dogs, corn dogs, pasta, and chicken nuggets. Sometimes they serve pancakes! 

For fun, we like to play Silent Speed Ball, learn sign language from one of Mrs. Yollis' former students, and of course, juggling! 

 Our Avatars 
We used Seesaw and our Acer cameras to make avatars. An avatar is an image used to represent you online. Notice how we limited our personal information! 

Where Are We?

Mrs. Yollis' third graders live in the northern hemisphere. It is fall. North America is our continent. Our nation is the United States of America. However, sometimes our country is abbreviated as the U.S.A. or America. Our country is divided up into fifty states, and we live in one of the fifty states, California. 


California is the third largest state after Alaska and Texas. Out of all the 50 states, we have the largest population. There are more than 39 million Californians! Our state capital is Sacramento, and our largest urban area is Los Angeles. We live in a suburb of LA. 

Here is the Californian flag. 

What hemisphere and country do you live in?

What are some popular foods and games played at your school? 

What fun games do you play for a brain break? 

What questions do you have for us?
We will reply to your comments. 

Tell us about your class! 


  1. Greetings Mrs. Yollis and Class,

    I haven’t visited the blog or commented in awhile, and I can see that you certainly have been busy! I’m impressed by how well this post is put together and explains so much information about you and where you live.

    I think my favorite part is seeing your avatars and how you cleverly used Seesaw and your Acer cameras. Well done!

    Now, to answer all your questions:

    I live in the same hemisphere and country that you do.

    When I was in elementary school, pizza and hot dogs were also very popular, although the cafeteria did not serve them. One meal I remember from the cafeteria at my school was Salisbury steak with mashed potatoes and green beans. I think I remember it because I didn’t really like it at all! I’ll let you do your own research about what Salisbury steak is! I actually took my own lunch to school most days, and my favorite sandwich was peanut butter and ham with crunchy lettuce! I’ll bet you’ve never even heard of anyone eating such a sandwich!

    The recess activities I enjoyed most were tetherball, handball, and four square. I also loved playing kickball and hanging upside down on the bars.

    Brain breaks are so important, but when I was in school, we didn’t use that term. I remember loving to play Heads Up/7 Up. Nowadays when I need a brain break, I go outside and work in my garden or do some yoga stretches.

    Being active is a very important part of my day. I ride my trike at the beach bike path, take water aerobics and yoga classes, and hike or walk as often as possible. What do you do to get exercise?

    I’d love to hear more about how to use Seesaw, as well as how you learn using Freckle!
    I’d also enjoy hearing about what places you’ve “visited” using Chrome Extension Earth View.

    All the best,

    Mrs. Ranney

    1. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

      What a treat it was to get a comment from you!

      Thank you for sharing about what you ate in elementary school. Brett loves steak, but is not sure what Salisbury steak is. From your reaction, it does not sound too tasty. Everyone has hear of peanut butter and jelly, but no one has ever heard of peanut butter and ham with crunchy lettuce. We are going to think about that. :-)

      Everyone loves to play! Katie loves to play tether ball and kick ball at recess and lunch. Sometimes Scarlett and her friends skip around singing songs. They converted "It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas" to "It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Halloween!"

      You asked what places we've “visited” using Chrome Extension Earth View. Rebecca has visited the Statue of Liberty! Faith has journeyed to the Eiffel Tower. Hana explored London, England.

      We have some questions for you. What is your favorite color? What is your favorite food? Do you have a pet?

      Brett, Logan, Katie, Abby, Hana, Rebecca, Kishor, Faith, Josh, Scarlett, and Mrs. Y♥llis

    2. @Brett, Logan, Katie, Abby, Hana, Rebecca, Kishor, Faith, Josh, Scarlett, and Mrs. Y♥llis,

      Thanks so much for your reply! I particularly enjoyed finding out where you have visited using Chrome Extension Earth View. All three of the places you have "visited" are places I have actually traveled to!

      My answers to your questions are:

      My favorite color is purple!

      It's difficult for me to choose one favorite food because I love so many! My favorite breakfast food is oatmeal. This morning I enjoyed it with homemade applesauce mixed in, topped with cottage cheese and chopped pecans. For dinner, a meal I love is barbecued salmon with rice and roasted vegetables.

      I consider the birds in my backyard my pets. There are often hummingbirds, finches, scrub jays, warblers, and phoebes that visit our fountains and feeders.

      What about you? Do you have pets, favorite foods, or favorite colors?

      Looking forward to getting to know all of you better through the blog!


      Mrs. Ranney

    3. Dear Mrs. Ranney,
      That is an excellent comment! I do have a pet, favorite food and color. My pet is a fish named Midnight and he has been alive for 4 years!

      I have a lot of favorite foods. They are mac and cheese, chicken nuggets (and chicken,) scones, waffles, grilled cheese, french toast, and pancakes!

      I also have so many favorite colors like blue, pink, red, purple, gold, silver, sea green, and finally black.

      What are some of your skills?

      What are you good at?

      Do you play instruments?


  2. Dear Mrs Yollis and class,

    What a fantastic first post for the Student Blogging Challenge!

    I loved seeing your creative avatars!

    I also loved seeing a picture of my old friends Panda and Beverly. I was once lucky enough to visit your very classroom and meet your lovable mascots. You can read about that here

    As you know one of the most popular lunchtime activities at our school is downball. Yesterday I noticed that a group of grade 5 students were playing with a group of prep (kindergarten) students. Do students from different grade levels play together at your school? Or do you have certain parts of the school you have to stick to?

    Best wishes,
    Kathleen Morris

    1. Dear Mrs. Morris,

      Thank you for being our first international commentor!

      You asked if kids play in different areas. Yes, they do. The 4th and 5th graders play at recess and lunch by themselves. The 2nd and third play before them. The kindergarten students have their own playground.

      On our playground we cannot we have to stay on the yard or blacktop. Recently, we got to fabulous soccer nets. In the upper yard we have beautiful mural that the kids play handball and sour apple against.

      What is your favorite state in America? What is your favorite state in Australia?

      What is your favorite Australian animal?

      Your blogging buddies,
      Sasha, Colin, Kishor, Josh, Michaela, and Mrs. Y♥llis

  3. Dear Sasha, Colin, Kishor, Josh, Michaela, and Mrs. Y♥llis,

    How lovely to receive such a quality reply from you all!

    It sounds like your students have breaks at different times? I haven't seen that in any schools here. The bell times are all the same but sometimes students are only allowed to play in certain areas of their school.

    How lucky to get some new soccer nets! The mural sounds nice. Did the students paint it?

    Hmm, I live in the state of Victoria which is very nice but I do love Queensland. The weather is warmer than here and there are lots of nice beaches. It's a popular holiday destination -- a bit like California perhaps!

    I have two favourite US states -- California, of course. I have visited Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco. My other favourite state is New York. Who doesn't love New York City? It's a very exciting place to visit.

    Just yesterday I was telling my students about an Australian animal called a quokka. It lives on a small island off Western Australia called Rottnest Island. Maybe Mrs. Yollis could help you find a picture of quokkas. They're very cute!

    Your blogging buddy down under,
    Mrs Morris

  4. Dear Mrs. Yollis' class,
    We are Mrs. Holliday's second grade class. We have 22 students in our class. We live in Ohio in the United States. We are in the Northern Hemisphere, and we are also in North America.

    For brain breaks we like to do GoNoodle videos. One of our favorites is Run the Red Carpet. We love pizza day at school, and Chicken Little Friday. Our favorite games in P.E. class is Capture the Football and GaGa, which is kind of like Dodgeball.

    What is your favorite thing to do in your classroom?

    We would love to share our avatars and fun facts about us. Please visit our class blog to learn more about us!

    Mrs. Holliday's Class

    1. Dear Mrs. Holliday's Class,
      I have never been to Ohio, but my grandmother grew up outside of Columbus. I have some family that still lives there. My grandmother never misses watching Ohio State play football. I hope to visit Ohio one day.

      What are the rules for Capture the Football? What is Chicken Little Friday?

      My favorite thing to do in our classroom is to try new technology on our Acers. I especially like to try using Google Earth to look at landmarks. Recently, I wandered off to look at the Acropolis in Greece because my family is planning a trip there next Summer.

      I also like to post math tutorials on Seesaw. Explaining math problems helps me to learn how to solve them and present my work at the same time.

      What city in Ohio do you live in?
      Are there any really popular foods in your city?
      Do any of you have relatives in Los Angeles?

      Your new friend,

    2. Dear Mrs. Holliday's Class,
      I haven't been to Ohio, but my sister has and she had a great time. Hopefully next time we visit our friends in Ohio I can go too.

      I'm really curious what Chicken Little Friday is, it sounds really fun. I really like playing Gaga too. I don't play it at school but we play it at my summer camp. Silent Speed Ball is my favorite game to play in the classroom.


  5. Hello, Californian friends !

    (What hemisphere and country do you live in ?)
    We live in the northern hemisphere, in the south-east of France, in Brindas close to Lyon city.

    (What are some popular foods and games played at your school ?)
    The most popular food in France is definitely steak with French fries (fried potatoes).
    Currently, we are playing rugby at our school.
    During our breaks, we play soccer, "the seated ball" and "touch the wolf".

    (What questions do you have for us ?)
    - How many students are there in your school ?
    - What is the age of the youngest pupil of the school ?
    - What is the age of the oldest pupil of the school ?
    - What languages do you learn at school ? Do you have French Classes ?
    - What arts do you do at school ?
    - What are your class values ?

    (Tell us about your class !)
    We are 25 students from a primary school. We are all 9 or 10 years old. There are 13 girls and 12 boys in our class. Our teacher is a man.
    We study French, mathematics, English, history, geography and science. We have drawing classes. We also dance at school and play rugby and music.
    Our class values are "Respect et gentillesse (Respect and kindness)".
    We use a class blog to connect with friends from New Zealand (Auroa School, Worser Bay Shool and Mangatoki Te Kura o Nga Ruahinerangi) and from Tahiti (Punaauia Manotahi School). We invite you to visit our blog and to write some comments. We’ll also be sure to answer you.
    Welcome !

    Serge Galligani and the Students of the CM2 from Brindas Primary School, France
    class blog :

    1. Hello French my friends,

      I visited France this summer. We went from London to France on the Eurostar. We visited Paris and also went to the Palace of Versailles.

      We also live in the Northern hemisphere and we live in the United States.

      We also have art classes they are starting soon. We learn about famous artists like Picasso. We do not learn a language until middle school.

      The youngest students are in Journeys and they are 5 years old. The oldest students are in 5th grade and they are 11.

      Do you learn about French painters like Monet? He is one of my and my mother's favorite painters. I saw his paintings at the Louvre museum. Have you been to the Louvre? Do you have any favorite American painters? My favorite American artist is Georgia O'Keeffe.


    2. Bonjour French friends, I have never been to France before but I have heard it is very beautiful. I have seen pictures of places in France before though. For example, I have seen a picture of the Eiffel Tower it was gorgeous. I have also seen pretty flowers too.

      I live in the Northern Hemisphere in the United States. There are 50 states in our country and I live in one of them California.

      Some popular foods we have are chicken nuggets, hot dogs, corn dogs, and pasta.

      We have lots of games at our school but some popular ones are soccer, kickball, handball, four square, teatherball, and of course we play on the playground. My favorite game to play is soccer.

      The age of the youngest pupil at our school is the journeys kids. They are about 4 years old. The oldest pupil at our school are the 5th graders and they are about 10 or 11.

      We do not have any French classes but we do have P.E,library, music (hasn't started yet) and art (that hasn't started yet either.)

      We do not have any class values but we do have mascots. They are Beverly, Panda, Flat Panda, Barnaby Bones, and Wilbur.

      Have you ever seen the Eiffel Tower?

      Have you ever been to California?

      What is your favorite French food?


    3. Bonjour Lily, bonjour Hana,

      Thank you for your kind answers which made us very happy.

      Dear Lily, we hope you enjoyed our country when you came here this summer.
      Like you, Alice and ร‰meric took the train under the sea for going from France to England.

      Dear Hana, you’re welcome in France, if you come to visit us in the future.

      We’ll try to answer your questions as best we can.
      - Three students from our class went to the USA : Axel to Los Angeles, Liam to San Francisco and Maxence to New York and Washington.
      - Kenzo, Nathan, Ninon, Arthur, Inรจs, Anna and Salomรฉ went to Paris and saw the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Champ de Mars.
      - Our favorite European painters are: Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Ben.
      - Yes, some American painters are very popular in France: Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock and Frank Stella.
      We watched some Georgia O'Keeffe’s paintings and we liked them. Thank you Lily for making us discover.
      - Our favourite French food is beefsteak with French fries (fried potatoes).

      Can you tell us the name of the Californian city where your school is ?
      Does your school have a name ?

      We give our friendship to both of you. Bring it to all your classmates and to your teacher, Mrs. Yollis.

      ร€ trรจs bientรดt les amis pour de nouveaux รฉchanges entre nos deux classes.

      Les รฉlรจves du CM2 de l’รฉcole primaire de Brindas, France

    4. Dear Hana,
      I really loved your comment about France and California!

      When you were just a little girl I went on a trip to France. You are right! The flowers are beautiful and so is the Eiffel Tower. My favorite thing to do was to sit on the sidewalk cafes drinking coffee and watching all of the interesting people walking by. I also loved looking at the art in the museums.

      My favorite French food was dessert. There were many lovely pastries and pies that were delicious to eat. I especially liked the coffee that I drank when I ate the desserts.

      I lived in California for many years before you were born, so it is so much fun to visit my granddaughter now. I love many of the foods you talked about also, especially some of the chicken nuggets.

      I am so excited to see how my granddaughter has grown and become more confident each year. It is so much fun to write about her in this blog. I am proud to be Hana's grandmother and I think the family blog is a great idea.

      What will you learn from writing in the blog?

      What challenges have you had in school?

      What challenges do have outside of school?

      Linda/ Hana's grandma

    5. Dear grandma,
      thank you for that great comment!
      Now to answer your questions, the most challenging thing in school are 2 step multiplication problems, and 3 step multiplication problems.

      My challenges outside of school are controlling my emotions, drawing, riding my bike with out falling off on downhills, and writing.

      From writing in the blog I will learn it will help me be a better typer and writer.

      What are some skills that you have?

      What do you do for a free time?

      What challenges do you have?


  6. Dear Lily,

    I also went on the Eurostar this summer to travel from Paris to London. Our class asked today what the Eurostar is so I thought I would provide an explanation.

    The Eurostar is a fast-speed train that connects Paris and London. It's different than other trains because it travels in a dark tunnel built under water. It leaves from Gare De Nord in Paris, one of many train stations. It arrives at St. Pancras station in London, which is right next to King's Cross Station. Who knows what is significant about King's Cross Station?

    I also want to talk about another type of transportation that I took on my summer vacation. In Paris, once again there is an underground transportation system called the Metro. It feels like an entire city underground because not only are their trains but stores, food places and entertainment. We used the Metro all the time to get around. Our main station was Hotel D Ville.

    In London, the underground rail is called the Tube. Each day we would get on the Tube at Notting Hill Gate and travel to the sights we planned for the day. Sometimes the Tube was empty but one time during A Tour for Muggles, it was so crowded, we could barely move. Who wants to learn more about the Tour for Muggles?

    I hope you enjoyed this post on the transportation system in two European countries. Has anyone else been on transportation anywhere else?

    Happy blogging,


  7. @ Katie,

    I also took the tube in London and the metro in Paris.

    We traveled by plane to get there. We also took taxis, shuttles and boat tours. I have taken cruises on ships. One of the most interesting types of transportation was the cable car we went on up to Table Mountain in South Africa. If you go on Google Maps you can see it too.

    We also took a Harry Potter Tour. The significance of King's Cross is that is where 9 3/4 platform is. The platform is the way Harry Potter and his friend get onto the Hogwarts train.


    Where did you travel this summer?

    What continents have you visited?

    What countries have you traveled to?

    Where would you like to journey to?


    1. Dear Lily,
      I have never been to Paris before but I been to London. We also traveled by plan to get there too but we had to stop at different places. First we had to go to Michigan on our way there thogho we got to play games. When we got to Michigan we had to brush our teeth and get on our p.j's. Then on our way to London we went to sleep.

      London is a very, very busy place. There is crowded people everywhere.

      I would like to journey to a lot of different places like Italy, Paris, Melbourne, and New York.

      what did you eat in London?

      Where did you go in London?

      What other places have you traveled to?


    2. @ Hana,

      We went to many places in London. My favorite places there were Kensington Palace, Platform 9 3/4 Station, The Mad Hatters Tea, Tate Gallery and the London Tower. Did you visit any of these places?

      We ate at Nando's (which is a South African Restaurant), The Sanderson Hotel (for tea), Maroush, a few British pubs, Pret A Manger and at our cousins house. Where did you eat?

      I have also traveled to South Africa, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Denmark, Germany, Russia, The Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, France, England, Mexico, Hawaii, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington D.C., Vegas, Tucson, and Santa Fe (New Mexico).

      I would like to travel to Melbourne too. I would also like to journey to Israel, Spain and India.


    3. Dear Lily,
      thank you for that great comment!
      I did not go to any of those places in London. I have been to other places that you mentioned like Hawaii, and Vegas.

      I went to different restaurants like Flat Iron Steak, and
      we just ate at our apartment.

      Where did you stay in London?

      What continents have you journeyed to?

      What did you do in Hawaii?


    4. @ Hana,

      Thanks for the compliment!

      We stayed at our cousins' house in Hampstead, London.

      I have also been to Africa, Europe and Asia.

      In Hawaii we went to the beach.

      What did you do In Hawaii?


    5. Dear Lily, Thank you for that great comment!
      I did some things in Hawaii like zip lining, horse back riding, and play with my family where we stayed. My grandma and grandpa paid for the zip lining and horse back riding.The last time we went to Hawaii we were there for Hanukkah and Christmas. We had different family there as well like of course my mom, dad, and sister, my cousins, my aunts and uncles my aunt was pregnant!

      We also went to the beach.

      What was the beach called?


  8. Hello Mrs Yollis

    I am a student teacher who is working with some students who are learning about blogging. I live in the Southern Hemisphere. More specifically, in Perth, Western Australia.

    School children here love pizza, fresh fruit, milkshakes and pancakes. The most popular games are handball, Aussie Rules football and soccer.

    I would like to thank you for having such a wonderful example of a blog and also thank your students for their informative videos.

    What is the weather like in California at the moment? Perth is about to get really hot! Some days, the temperature can be over 40 degrees Celsius.

    Thanks again,


    1. @ Anna,

      Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment! My students and I appreciate your kind words.

      We do live in the northern hemisphere near Los Angeles. We are having a tough time with wildfires at the current moment. In fact, school has been canceled for the rest of the week because of the disaster.

      Although it is fall here in the northern hemisphere, the temperatures here are not too low. It is 75˚ F (24˚ C) right now. What is causing problems with the wildfire is the wind. There are very strong gusts that we get this time of year.

      What grades are your students?

      Mrs. Y♥llis


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