Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Hour of Code

This is a post for the Student Blogging Challenge! Let's get coding!

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 2018 Computer Science Education Week will be December 3-7, 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.

    Photo Credit

    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 persevering. Sometimes you try an algorithm, or list of steps used to solve a problem,  and it fails, adjust your algorithm. Try again! This strategy is called trial and error.

The class signed into our Hour of Code class. 

We needed our secret image to sign in! What a cute array! 

Let the coding begin!

photo by Ms. Tulbure

We even showed our second grade buddies how to code!

What are you enjoying about the Hour of Code?

What skills have you learned?

What can you do with coding?

Monday, November 5, 2018

Student Blogging Challenge and Emoji Math

Week Four of the Student Blogging Challenge is underway. 

Emojis are really popular. According to Kathleen Morris' post this week:

Since emojis are a universal language, our students decided to teach multiplication using emojis and arrays. 

Here are a few Seesaw videos from the students:

Research emojis. What have you learned?

How else can you use emojis to teach math?

How was using emoji visuals helpful to learn multiplication?

Thursday, November 1, 2018

November is Family Blogging Month

Ms. Tulbure and her students  to share what they are learning and experiencing. In an effort to include more family members in our online community, we are proclaiming: 

November is Family Blogging Month!

Each student made a list of their family members. After looking through the archive, students selected specific posts tailored to the interest of a particular relative. 

We're inviting everyone to comment: moms, dads, brothers, sisters, grandmothers, grandfathers, uncles, aunts, and cousins. 
We welcome friends and pets, too!

Students will be inviting their family and friends to participate in a conversation! 
Maybe we'll get some 2-point comments

(We frequently evaluate the comments that our blog has received. In order to earn the 2-points, a comment must be error-free and add something to the post.   Many of Ms. Tulbure's third graders have already met the challenge!)

If you don't know what to say, here is a video made by Mrs. Yollis' third graders. 

Learn FIVE tips for writing a quality comment! 

If you don't know How to leave a comment, here is a video tutorial about HOW to leave a comment on our blog.

How do you get comments typed and published?
Here is a video by Mrs. Yollis' students explaining how:


Here is the key we will use for  Family Blogging Month.

What do you think of our idea?

Who are you inviting to be a part of our online community?

Please leave a comment and introduce yourself!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Class Blogging Challenge

Ms. Tulbure's class is excited to participate in the Student Blogging Challenge. The students love to blog and share ideas with their global friends from all over the world and learn together.

What countries are participating?

What are some of the tasks this week?

Some Information About Us! 

Meet the Third Graders 

Our class is a third-grade class filled with 11 boys and 13 girls. We are 1:1 with Acers, so we love integrating technology. For example, we LOVE watching BrainpopJr videos, educating ourselves with Freckle,  and creating and sharing our learning with Seesaw.

When not at school, the class has a lot of hobbies and interests. Some students like to play games on the computer at home. Many students also paint and make sculptures,  and are creative in art. Collections are also popular especially with football and baseball cards. Reading is also a favorite hobby in our class. Relaxing and swimming in the pool is also fun as California has sunshine all year round.

Sports are a big part of everyone's life. Numerous students play tennis, soccer, football, baseball, basketball, tether ball and handball is a favorite at recess. Being only 20 miles away from the ocean, many students love to surf and swim. Some students also practice gymnastics and ballet. Hockey and boxing are also some student sports that we enjoy.

Food is an important part of life and we have many favorites! Some popular foods at lunch pasta, pizza, salad, dumplings, sushi, grilled cheese, mini tacos, hot dogs, and chicken.
Snacks like sunflower butter and apples are delicious as well as potato chips and even Oreo dip.

For fun, we like to play computer games, play piano, jumping on a trampoline, searching for treasure hunts, board games, roller skating, playing drums. We also love to play with our pets and take them for walks, and baking with our family.

 Our Avatars 
We used Peanuts Characters from online and our Acers to make avatars. An avatar is an image used to represent you online. Notice how we limited our personal information! 

Where Are We?

Ms. Tulbure's third graders live in the northern hemisphere. North America is our continent. Our nation is the United State of America. However, sometimes our country is abbreviated as the U.S.A. or America. Our country is divided up into fifty states, and we live in one of the fifty states, California. 


California is the third largest state after Alaska and Texas. Out of all the 50 states, we have the largest population. There are about 39 million Californians! Our state capital is Sacramento, and our largest urban area is Los Angeles. We live in a suburb of LA. 

Here is the Californian flag. 

What hemisphere and country do you live in?

What are some popular foods and games played at your school? 

What questions do you have for us?
We will reply to your comments. 

Tell us about your class! 

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Autumn Equinox

Autumn Equinox:: Au Revoir Summer!

FACT: Seasons change as we orbit the sun.


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?

Public Domain photo

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 Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 6:54 P.M.

Things to look for in fall:

1. Deciduous (di•si•jo͞o•Ι™s) 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.

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!

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 video about fall.
Check it out by clicking here.

Share some fun facts about fall! Did you use BrainPop or World Book Online as a reference?

If you were in the southern hemisphere, tell us what season you are enjoying right now. How are you changing your behavior?

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Back to School Night 2018-2019

Normally, Ms. Tulbure's class looks like this.

Photo by Ms. Tulbure

Last night, the classroom looked like this!
Photo by Ms. Tulbure

Photo by Ms. Tulbure

It was Back to School Night!
Parents came to hear about third grade!
Lots of information was shared about classroom expectations, curriculum, and resources. 

One of the main topics discussed was blogging.

Educational blogging has so many benefits! Thank you, Mrs. Morris, for this blogging diagram. 

To learn about blogging from a student perspective, watch this video Mrs. Yollis made with her third graders about why they love blogging.  


She also shared a wonderful video about supervising and guiding children on the web. It is a great video that really drives the point home. Thank you, Bill Genereux, for the fabulous movie. 

Parents left thoughtful notes for their child.  Everyone loved it!

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What are you excited to learn about this year?

Parents, how is third grade different from when you were in school?

Friday, August 24, 2018

No Power...No Problem!

The third day of school was an exciting and challenging one. We had no power!

That didn't stop this class, we took our supplies outside and problem solved!
all photos by Ms. Tulbure

We worked on art projects....

We practiced our math facts playing a game called Salute. This is where one person, 'the general' gives two cards to two friends and tells them to 'Salute.' The students place the cards on their forehead. Then, the general can either tell them the sum, difference, or product of the two numbers. Since students can only see one number, their goal is to guess their missing number. 
What a fun way to practice math facts!



 Even though having no electricity was a challenge, the students had a fun day!

What things run on electricity?
What was a challenge today for you?