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!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

What is a Polygon? What is a Quadrilateral? Video Tutorials

We just started reviewing geometry. There is a lot of vocabulary to learn!

Let's start with one question, what is a polygon? Is a circle a polygon? Watch this movie to find out! 

In our polygon unit, we are learning about four-sided figures called


Many  people were confused about why some shapes have more than one name.  Here are some tutorials to help you learn about quadrilaterals.

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What is a parallelogram?

Here is an interactive parallelogram.

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What is a rectangle?

Here is an interactive rectangle.

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What is a rhombus?

Here is an interactive rhombus.

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What is a square?

Here is an interactive square.

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What did you think of our quadrilateral tutorials? 

Which tutorial helped the most?

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Memorial Day 2016

Monday is Memorial Day in the United States. 
It is a national holiday!
Photo by Andrew's mom

Below are two Memorial Day posts from former students. Enjoy learning about Memorial Day through their experiences. 

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Guest post from Mallory, Mrs. Yollis' former student. First published in 2013

Two years ago, I celebrated Memorial Day with my mom and my Girl Scout troop in a special way. We went to the Los Angeles National Cemetery in Westwood to place American flags on the headstones of soldiers who have served our country in the military. There were so many other troops to help, including Daisies, Brownies, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Eagle Scouts.

Photo by Mallory's Mom

There was very specific way to place the flags. They had to be put 1 foot away from the headstone and 2 inches into the ground. Then we were told to stand and have a moment of silence to recognize and honor the soldier for their dedication to our country.

Photo by Mallory's Mom

I was very interested to read each soldier's headstone. Some fought in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War. There were many soldiers who even fought in more than one war.

This memorable experience inspired me to come home and learn more about Memorial Day. I found out many interesting facts on Wikipedia.

Memorial Day Facts:
  • Memorial Day used to be called "Decoration Day" during the Civil War.
  • It wasn't until after World War II that the name changed to Memorial Day.
  • In 1967, it was declared a national holiday.
  • There are 88,000 graves in the Los Angeles National Cemetery.

Photo by Mallory's Mom

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Photo by Andrew's mom

Dear Mrs. Yollis,

Here are some pictures taken on Saturday at the VA Cemetery. Scouts from all over planted a flag at each gravestone, and then saluted. It is really an incredible and moving sight. Finn also was there. The second picture is a gravestone for a Medal of Honor recipient. There are only a handful at the cemetery. There are marked by special plaques and blue flags.

Enjoy your day off.
Andrew and Dana

Photo by Andrew's mom

How do you celebrate Memorial Day 
where you live?

Do you have anyone in your family who has served in the military?

What is the Medal of Honor?