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?


  1. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    This is our first class comment! Yeah!

    *I am looking forward to seeing what my classmates write on the blog.

    *I am looking forward to reviewing the blog at the end of the year. It will be interesting to see what we write about.

    *My favorite part of the blog is the Flag Counter. It is interesting because you can see how many people from around the world are on the blog.

    *I love the archive. It is awesome that you have been blogging since 2008. I wasn't even born yet!

    I'd like to get to know the class. How many people have dogs and cats? (from Liv)

    I wonder how many visitors we'll have at the end of the year?

    I wonder how many countries have visited the blog. Check the gadget and comment!

    Netta, Koush, Eli, Blakey, Liam, Isabel, Anasia, and Soy

    1. Dear Liv,

      You asked who has a dog or cat. I used to have a Labrador retriever named Buck. One of the things I loved about Buck was his velvety soft ears. Rubbing them in my hands was lovely.

      Dock jumping was another favorite activity that Buck performed. Watching him jump fill my hear with joy.

      I look forward to hearing about other people's pets!

      Your pet-loving teacher,
      Mrs. Y♥llis

  2. Dear Mrs. Yollis' class,

    We love all the holidays in fall, but our favorite is Halloween. Our favorite activity is to dress up and eat candy. This year, Eli is going to be Shazam and Noah is going to be the boogie man.

    What is your favorite holiday in the Fall season?

    Eli and Noah

  3. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    We LOVE Halloween. Our favorite part is dressing up and eating candy! What's your favorite candy?

    Your candy loving friends,
    Netty and Grace


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