Monday, December 5, 2022

Hour of Code!


Hour of Code is an annual event to promote Computer Science. According to their website: 

The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week. The 2022 Computer Science Education Week will be December 5-11, but you can host an Hour of Code all year round. Computer Science Education Week is held annually in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906). 
We're starting Hour of Code and changing the name to Hours of Code!

Thank you, Hadi Partovi for creating this project!

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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One of the important things about problem-solving is perseverance. Sometimes you try an algorithm, or list of steps used to solve a problem,  and if it fails, adjust your algorithm. Try again! This strategy is called trial and error

On our class blog, you can use HTML code to level up your comments. Here is some information about HTML code. Here is the HTML code for some fancy shapes. There are many more!

What do you like about coding?

Share something you have learned about a program?

What is the most difficult thing about writing computer code?  

Friday, November 18, 2022

Turkey Takes a Vacation!

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Turkey Takes a Vacation!

Stories and Vacation Photos by Mrs. Yollis’ Third Graders


***Click to enlarge the Google SlideShow!***

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Steps Taken to Complete this 
*Turkey Takes a Vacation* 

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.  

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 Encyclopedia Britannica Online. 

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

Finally, 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 Google Slideshow. 

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What was your favorite part about the project and why?

What landmark would you like to visit? 

Leave a comment for one of the turkeys!

Friday, November 11, 2022

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


: 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 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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 Mrs. Yollis' Uncle Don who served in the Army from 1945-1946. He served in Korea and earned the rank of T-5. This was a non-combat technical rank. 

Meet Mrs. Yollis' great-great-great-grandfather who served in the Union Army during the Civil War. His name was John Adam Pfau. 

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Meet Scarlett's great grandfather who was a veteran. His name was Major William Robert Graham and he served in the Air Force during WWII.  Major Graham participated in the European Theater with 5 campaign stars.

Scarlett's great-grandfather, Robert Sigurd Haugen, who served in intelligence in WWII. He is pictured next to Scarlett's grandfather, Robert Peter Haugen who served in the Naval Air Force during Vietnam and the Six-Day War in the Middle East. 

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Meet Fletcher's grandfather who was the in U. S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman from January 1966 to December 1969. As a Hospital Corpsman, he worked in the Great Lakes Naval Hospital, the Great Lakes Naval Station Dispensary, and the Navy Supply Corp School Dispensary (in Athens, Georgia). While he was stationed in Athens, he was promoted to Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class. (See photo below.) In December 1969, he was transferred out of Vietnam to Okinawa and then to Long Beach, California for discharge from active service.

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Meet Olivia's grandpa, whom she calls Bobo! His name is Roger and he served in the US Army in Maryland from 1962-1964. 

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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!

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

California Facts For Our Blogging Friends

 We were ecstatic when we got a comment from a class in Foxton, New Zealand. They left a comment for us on the Fall into Autumn blog post. Here's their comment: 

First, our current season in the northern hemisphere is fall. Fall is very mild here in southern California. In fact, the weather has been quite warm lately. 

Our New Zealand friends also asked us to tell them about California, our state. Well, we have many facts to share about the state of California. Here are some fun facts! (All photos provided by Pixabay.)

1. California is divided into four geographic regions: the mountain region, the central valley, the desert region, and the coast.

2. California has the highest population out of all fifty states. There are 39 million Californians. Texas has the second greatest population with 30 million, and Florida ranks third with 22 million. 

3. The capital of the state of California is Sacramento. The building where California government takes place is featured below. The city is called the capital and the building is called the capitol. (Notice the spelling!) 

4. The California state bird is the quail. Quails are part of the pheasant family along with turkeys and peacocks. They have strong bodies. Their strong beak helps them break open seeds and gather berries. 

5. Our currency is the dollar. Other common values for paper bills are: $2, $5, 10, 20, $50, and $100. 

6. Every state has a flag and here is the California flag. The white represents purity. The red stand for courage. the grizzly bear represents strength and independence.

7. Many mountain lions live in California. They are also known as puma or cougar. 

8. One of the many national parks in California is the beautiful Joshua Tree National Park.  Mrs. Yollis and many other students have camped, bouldered, and hiked in this desert spot. 

9. Another famous national park is Yosemite! Unlike Joshua Tree National Park, Yosemite is known for its many beautiful waterfalls. 

10. Tourists enjoy seeing and driving across the Golden Gate Bridge. This suspension bridge is not really painted gold. Instead, it is painted international red so that it is more visible in the frequent San Francisco fog. 

11. Finally, many tourists love to go to Disneyland when they come to our state. This park is located in Anaheim, California, and was opened for the first time in the summer of 1955.

We would love comments from New Zealand and any other classrooms from around the world. 

What are you still wondering about California?

Tell us about your state or location! 

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Fall Into Autumn!

  FACT: Seasons change as we orbit the sun.

Spring • Summer • Autumn • Winter

Twice a year, around March 20 or 21 and Sept. 22 or 23, our sun shines directly over the equator. That event marks the beginning of spring or fall. What is the equator?

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  1. an imaginary line drawn around the earth equally distant from both poles, dividing the earth into northern and southern hemispheres and constituting the parallel of latitude 0°.

In March when the sun shines directly over the equator, the event is called the spring or vernal equinox. In September, when the sun shines directly over the equator, the event is called the fall or autumnal equinox

The Autumnal Equinox will occur in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. on Thursday, September 22, 202w, at 6:03 P.M.

Things to look for in fall:

1. Deciduous (di•si•jo͞o•əs) trees will change color and drop all their leaves. Evergreen trees will not. Evergreen trees will stay forever green. :-) Why do the leaves of deciduous trees change color? Use World Book Online to research. Remember, do NOT copy sentences. That is plagiarism, and it is against the law! Take notes, and then turn your notes into your own sentences. 

Photo by Grandma Barb

2. On the equinox, there are exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night. The day and night hours are equal. However, as we continue into fall, the days will get shorter and the night hours will get longer. This pattern will continue until we reach the winter solstice. That is the longest night of the year and marks a new season, winter.

3.  Because the northern hemisphere is now tilted away from the sun, the days will start to become cooler. People will change their behavior. What sorts of behavioral changes will your family make as the days get shorter and cooler?  (In southern California, we have mild climate. We don't get too cold in our community.)

There are many fall festivals or holidays. Watch the BrainPop video about fall to learn about the many harvest festivals celebrated. Do you celebrate any of these autumn holidays? If so, please share so we can learn from you! 

Check out the FREE BrainPop video about Fall. 

4. Some animals in the northern hemisphere will change their behavior. As fall leads to winter, some animals migrate, or move, to a warmer area. Others try to fatten up for the winter they know is coming. 

Again, BrainPop Jr. has a FREE video about fall. 


Share some fun facts about fall!

If you are in the southern hemisphere, tell us what season you are enjoying! How are you changing your behavior? 

Monday, September 19, 2022

Welcome to Blogging! Let's Learn the Terms!

This week, I begin my 15th year of blogging with third graders.  Blogging is a great way to practice digital citizenship, to build an online footprint, and learn with other classes around the world. Let the fun begin!    ~Mrs. Yollis 


What is a blog? 

A blog is a digital website that is updated regularly. Blogs have themes. Some blogs are sport-related, while others might feature travel or science topics. Mrs. Yollis' Classroom Blog is about what is happening in a third-grade classroom in California. 

 What are the parts of a blog?


Header: The header is found at the top of a blog. It has the title of the blog and some headers feature a logo. The header uses text to showcase the title of the blog and sets the color theme.  Our blog header has a title and a subtitle. The subtitle says, "Third graders learning and sharing together". The header clearly informs readers what to expect on this blog. 

Pages: Pages are not updated regularly and do not allow comments.  These static (unchanging) pages provide special information about the blog. 

Posts: A post is a story on the blog. The most recent post is featured at the top.  The post has a time stamp above the title to let readers know when it was published. Posts can include text, photos, videos, or other digital platforms. 

Sidebar: The sidebar runs along the side of the blog. It feautres little gadgets that readers might find useful or fun. One gadget is the archive. The archive lists the published posts by month and year.

There are many interesting gadgets in our sidebar. One is the "Visitor Flags". Check out where visitors are from! The "Search this Blog" will help you find specific posts, and the "Photo of the Day" gadget will take you to another blog that features interesting photos. 

Comments: Under each post is a comment section. The comment section is where the blog comes to life. Readers can leave a compliment about the post, add new information that wasn't included in the post, or ask a question. Bloggers often reply to readers to extend their learning and build friendships. 

Privacy: Privacy is important on the web. When posting or commenting, never give away personal information.  What is personal information? THINK: Never give away your YAPPY!

Now that you know the basics of blogging, you are invited to leave a comment! Remember, use only your FIRST NAME. 

What is your favorite part about the blog?

What topics should be published on the blog?