Post by Kathryn

March 13, 2012

Dear Families,

On our school website we have our booktalk videos. They are videos of us telling about the books we liked that we read this year!

I am reading a book called Magic Tree House High Tide in Hawaii. It is number 28. The author is Mary Pope Osborne. I am on pages 20 and 21. I hope you had fun learning  about me.



P.S…To see our booktalk video, visit our class website and click on the “Student Work” page ~ Mrs. Duffy

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday!

March 2, 2012

Dear Families,

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Today we are doing something called Read Around the Clock. We are going to read a Cat in the Hat book. We made our own Cat in the Hat hats. We are doing math workshop again. We got a Cat in the Hat worksheet with a coloring sheet and a word search.We used a new spelling app on the iPads.



A Great Book!

February 28, 2012

I’m reading a Geronimo Stilton book and a Thea Stilton book, too. They are excellent books. One title is called All Because of a Cup of Coffe. And the other one is called Mystery in Paris. My favorite part is when Geronimo Stilton’s cousin Trap is eating all of the candy! It is my favorite part because Geronimo Stilton got a little sad and mad. In the Thea Stilton book my favorite girl is Nicky and her nickname is Nic. I hope you enjoyed learning about what I am reading.



Fluency Friday

January 20, 2012

Did you know that we have a class full of actors and actresses? We have deemed the past few Fridays “Fluency Fridays!” During part of our reading time, we explore fluency strategies and then apply our new skills to one of the best contexts for fluency practice…play performances! We have used what we know about reading fluently, including how to read with expression and to watch for the clues that punctuation gives us, to practice our fluency skills and perform in front of our classmates! Be sure to ask your child about his/her performance! Since we’ve only performed two plays, not every child has had the opportunity to perform just yet, but everyone will get lots of opportunities this year!

The Lucy Robbins Welles Library’s Winter Reading program began on January 14th! Students brought home a notice last week that explained how to register for the reading program online. Once students are registered, they can keep track of the number of days they have read. If they read for 25 days, they can win a prize! Click HERE to register your child and get started!

Vacation Investigation #3

January 1, 2012


Happy New Year! I hope you have enjoyed your week off! I am looking forward to seeing all of you on Tuesday! Hopefully you have kept your skills sharp by reading and practicing your math facts! :)

Here’s your last Vacation Investigation job. You will be visiting one of our favorite websites –! Here’s what you need to do:

Step 1: Listen to my Voki for the directions.

Step 2: Visit to find the game.

Step 3: Record the pattern you made for level 7 of the game and explain the rule that the patterns followed!

See you on Tuesday!

Vacation Investigation #2

December 28, 2011


Here’s our second Vacation Investigation Activity! I hope you are enjoying lots of great books while you are home this week! Speaking of great books, we have shared a few wonderful TumbleBooks online in class this year. Remember the nonfiction book about dolphins by James De Medeiros? Or The Dot by Peter Reynolds, about the girl who thought she couldn’t draw well? Did you know that you can enjoy these awesome books at home, too? You can, through the Lucy Robbins Welles Library website! Your job today will be to find a special TumbleBook and answer a question about it. Here’s what you need to do:

Step 1: Listen to my Voki, which will explain everything you need to do – VOKI

Step 2: Follow these links to find the seahorse book:

  • Go to the Lucy Robbins Welles Library childrens’ page

  • Click on “Stories”

  • When the new page opens, scroll down to the bottom and click on the blue “TumbleBooks” tab

  • Click on the “Nonfiction” tab

  • The first page that comes up is a list of nonfiction titles beginning with the letters A-M. Click on the link to titles O-S. That will bring you to the page where the seahorse book is.

  • Listen to the story. Once you have chosen your sidebar (also called a fact box), write it on your recording sheet!

If you can, take some time to explore and enjoy more of the TumbleBooks. Remember, there are lots of fiction books, too! Email me or post a comment to the blog if you get stuck!

:)Mrs. Duffy

Vacation Investigation – #1

December 26, 2011

Hi, Friends!

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a happy Hanukkah! Here is the first job in our Vacation Investigation project. Don’t forget to have an adult help you when you are searching the Internet!

Step 1. Click on the link to my Voki, which will explain what you need to do. Be sure to press “play” to hear it! VOKI LINK  

QUESTION 1: What predator do Emperor penguins need to stay away from when they go out to search for food? Here’s a hint – the video said this animal is huge, hungry, and can weigh up to 1,300 pounds!


Step 2. Visit this site to find the information you need. Remember to click on the “Video & Sound” tab: Emperor Penguin Information


Step 3. Once you have viewed the video and found the answer to the question, record it on your recording sheet that you brought home on Friday.

If you have any questions, you can post a comment here or email me! If you have extra time, explore the National Geographic website a little bit. It’s got some really cool facts, picture, maps, games, and lots more!

:)Mrs. Duffy

Students will be bringing home a packet of skills practice materials for our week off. The packet includes all of our word wall words and some addition and subtraction quizzes. Feel free to either time students for two minutes to see how many problems they can complete, or simply have them work at their own pace for extra practice.

Please also remember to have students log in to XtraMath often to keep those math facts skills sharp!

Lucy Robbins Welles Library has some activities planned for the week. Plus, they have some great new books to check out!

Finally, don’t forget to visit our blog periodically for our “Vacation Investigation”challenge! Students will bring home more information about this project on Friday.

Have a wonderful and safe vacation! Happy holidays!


To the Students of Room 11….

December 21, 2011

Hello, Students!

Click on this link to meet my Voki avatar, and listen to the special message!


Mrs. Duffy