Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Turkey Takes a Vacation :: Happy Thanksgiving!


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Turkey Takes a Vacation!

Stories and Vacation Photos by Mrs. Yollis’ Third Graders


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How did we create this project? 

First, we read Turkey Trouble, by Wendi Silvano.  The funny fantasy follows our feathered friend as he finds out what Americans feast upon for Thanksgiving.  Thank you to Noah and his family for purchasing the book for the class! 

Second, we selected an exotic vacation location for Turkey. (If he left America over Thanksgiving break, he would not get eaten.)

Third, we researched an international landmark using reference materials like Encyclopedia Britannica Online. 

Fourth, we located the international landmark on Google Earth and took a "vacation" screenshot. Pegman was so helpful! The screenshot was uploaded to our class collaborative photo album. 

Fifth, we used our facts to create a story about Turkey's time at the international landmark.

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What was your favorite part about the project and why?

What landmark would you like to visit? 

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Happy Veterans Day!

Today 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.

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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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Below we feature some friends and family who are veterans!

Illustration by Aarna

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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 a 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 Lucas' grandfather, Seargent Bill, who served in the Marine Corps. He was stationed at Cherry Point, North Carolina, and he served in the Vietnam War.

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Zach's great-grandfather

ARMY: Meet Ralph Linore, Zach's great-grandfather. He was a United States Army sergeant who proudly served from 1942 to 1945 in WW II.

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Meet Noah’s papa, Michael Berkson. He was in the Army and stationed at Fort Ord in Northern California.

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Meet Molly’s Gramps Stanley Bossuk. He served in the army at Fort Ord in Monterrey, California. He never went overseas. He was 20 years old when he served, and he is now 87.

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Meet Amelia's great-grandfather Umberto Cavaletto. He served as a captain in the Air Force during WW II. Captain Cavaletto was a navigator who got shot down over Italy and was a prisoner of war for 18 months.

Amelia's other grandfather was Bob Ajeman. He was an Army and Marine reserve. Ajeman was most proud to being part of the Army 81st Airborne in the 1950s.

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Meet Eli's Aunt Lisa's Uncle Nick Zancouridies. He served in Vietnam as a Sergeant E5 in the Marine Corps. 

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Meet Mrs. Yollis' uncle, Don Pfau! He is the soldier on the right. Uncle Don served in the Army in Korea in 1945. 

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This is Marcus' Grandpa Dixon. He was in the Navy and he served in Vietnam on a Destroyer Escort Ship. The purpose of his mission was to protect the Carrier Division of the Fleet from enemy submarines.

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Meet Airman Nelson, Coach Felicity's patriotic son. He serves in the Air Force and is stationed in Colorado.

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We thank all our veterans for their service to our country!   

Are any of your relatives or friends veterans?

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

What have you learned about Veterans Day? Please share!