Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Happy Veterans Day 2017!

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On November 11, America celebrates Veterans Day. It is the daywe honor the men and women who have served in the armed force s. Veterans Day is a national holiday! 

Photo by Mrs. Yollis

Veterans: 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 an informative Brainpop video titled Veterans Day

Here is a link to a wonderful BrainPop video entitled
Armed Forces. 

What did you learn about the 
Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard.

Here are some fabulous mind maps made in class!

Isla's Mind Map

 Alexa's Mind Map

 Ariel's Mind Map

Tyler's Mind Map

Rebecca's Mind Map

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To help us learn about Veterans Day and the men and women who serve,  I asked my students if any of their family members are in the military or were in the military. Meet our family of service members!  

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Meet our district superintendent, Dr. Stepenosky. As you can see, he served in the Navy. He served from 1990 to 1994 on the USS Chancellorsville which was guided by a missile cruiser. The Chancellorsville weighed 9,000 tons and had a crew of 330 people. 

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Here is Brooke's Grandfather, Elbert, while he was serving in the Marines. He served in many places including: 
August 1965 - December 1965 Camp Pendleton, San Diego, California
January 1966 - February 1967 Chulai, Vietnam
 March 1967 - May 1967 Camp LeJune, North Carolina
 June 1967 - June 1968 American Embassy, Santo Domingo, Dominican Rep.
 July 1968 - July 1969 American Embassy, Montevideo, Uruguay
 July 1969 - Discharged Camp Pendleton, San Diego, California 


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These are Alexa's two grandfathers. 
Here is Grandpa Neil. He served in the Navy during the Korean War. 

Here is Grandpa David. 
He served in the Army. This photo was taken in 1959 while he was in Company H, third platoon. 

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Dylan's Grandfather, Sam, also served in the armed forces. He was in the Army and fought during World War 2. 
 Below is Grandpa Sam in 1944. He is on a tanker in France. 

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Here is Austin's grandfather. He served in the Army as a Staff Sargent. He served from 1943-1945. 

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Today, we had a fabulous Veterans Day assembly. We had some very distinguished guests. Seven veterans came to our school and were honored with a gift of letters from students.

The assembly started with the pledge. Then the veterans spoke about where they served, what branch of the armed forces they were in, and when they served.

Everyone wanted to thank the veterans for their service to America! 

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Are any of your relatives or friends veterans?

Please tell us about them and thank them for their service to America!

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

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.

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!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween: Green Screen Fun!

Happy Halloween! :: Green Screen Fun!


Today was Halloween and our school held "Dress Like Your Favorite Book Character" Day! It was a fun way to meet some new characters!

In the morning, students took turns taking a photo of their book and then posing like the character. Using our iPads and the Do Ink app we were able to quickly make some outstanding images!

Paid app (I am not being paid to endorse this product.) 

Behold! Meet our favorite book characters!

In the afternoon, the room moms and volunteers put on a spook-tacular party! 

We had six stations: a Ghoulish Pumpkin Carving (Tangerine decorating) a Ghostly Maze, a Gargantuan Pumpkin Measurement Station, a Frightful Spider Creation Station, a Mysterious 3D building Creation, and a Sweet Donut Bobbing Treat . 
What fun the third graders had!

We ended our fun with a Halloween story

What did you think of our green screen images?

Leave a comment as if you are that character still! Strike up a conversation with a book character! (do not use real names.)

What new book will you be reading?

Friday, September 22, 2017

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.

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.

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.

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

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