Friday, August 26, 2016

Welcome Back! 2016-2017

Welcome back to a new school year! 

Wednesday was our first day of school!

Like my dog Buck near a body of water, we jumped right in and started our third grade adventure! 

Photo by Mr. Yollis 

First, we gathered together as a school and got a big welcome from our principal. 

Photo by Mrs. Yollis 

When we got to the classroom, Mrs. Yollis introduced herself. She explained that she has been teaching for one score and one decade. How many years has Mrs. Yollis been teaching? 

Here is a photo of Mrs. Yollis on her very first day of teaching back in 1987!

Here's Mrs. Yollis today with our classroom friends Barnaby Bones, Beverly the brown bear, and Puffy Panda. Together they help third graders become the best they can be.

Photo by Mrs. Minicozzi

The classroom is set up with flexible seating options. Students can work alone or in groups.  There is a long, rectangular table for project work.

Photo by Mrs. Yollis 

There are several circular tables.

Photo by Mrs. Yollis 

A popular place is Tall Town. This is a special table that is higher than the other tables and seats four. Of course, Panda is always available to lean on as we learn. 

Photo by Mrs. Yollis 

If you like to work independently, you can go old school and work at this vintage desk from long ago! 

Here we are reading the Cub Corner! This paper magazine was filled with events, time tables, and photos of parents and staff members who help lead our school. Keep the Cub Corner for reference throughout the year! 

Photo by Mrs. Yollis

Many students couldn't wait to read in our class tent! 
Classroom camping at its finest!

Several times we took a break to play a fun game of Silent Speed Ball! 

Mrs. Yollis got everyone a beautiful, acrylic name tag holder. We wrote our names in large print so they can be seen from across the room. In addition, the acrylic name tag holders are mobile.  That means when we move to new area, we can easily move with our acrylic name tag! 

A highlight of the week was meeting our Reading Buddies. They are in the Journeys class and are only four years old! We will be role models for them and help them be the best learners and friends that they can be! 

Here we are showing our young friends the way to the office. There they found the nurse's office, so they would know where to go if they are ever sick. 

It is going to be a fabulous year!

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 Here are some links for you to peruse as we start our year of learning together:

A. This educational blog is the centerpiece of our classroom community. It is a wonderful space for sharing and learning together. Here is a link to an article I wrote about the benefits of classroom blogging. I hope you'll have a chance to read it before our Back to School Night.

B. We also have a class Photo-of-the-Day blog! Anyone is welcome to contribute a photo or comment throughout the year. Join our 365 Photo-of-the-day project! :-)

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Like Buck off a dock, let's jump right into blogging!

Students, please leave a comment telling us about yourself. What did you do over your summer break? What adventures and experiences did you enjoy?

If you are one of our blogging buddies, please introduce yourself to my new class. Where are you from? What have you been up to?

Remember to proofread your comment with a parent before you publish! 

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy Independence Day, America!

This post was first published on July 4, 2010.

By Mrs. Yolli

July 4th is Independence Day in America!

On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This document announced America's independence from Britain.

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Six years ago I was with my family on the Fourth of July, and we had a special event planned for the day.

My family had three old, tattered flags that needed to be retired. So on July 4th, we had a retirement ceremony.

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The United States Flag Code states: "The Flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning."

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First, we sang some patriotic songs!

Then, my cousin Jon gave a short speech. Finally, we retired the old flags to the fire.

Click here to learn how to fold an American flag

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How will you spend the Fourth of July?

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!