The Tale of Despereaux

The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by [Kate DiCamillo, Timothy Basil Ering]

A brave mouse, a covetous rat, a wishful serving girl, and a princess named Pea come together in Kate DiCamillo’s Newbery Medal–winning tale.

Welcome to the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse who is in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in the darkness and covets a world filled with light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl who harbors a simple, impossible wish. These three characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and, ultimately, into each other’s lives. What happens then? As Kate DiCamillo would say: Reader, it is your destiny to find out.

Chapters 1-3

Chapters 4-5

Chapters 6-8

Chapters 9-10

Chapters 11-12

Chapters 13-14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17-18

Chapters 19-20

Chapters 21-23

Chapters 24-26

Chapters 27-28

Chapter 29

Chapters 30-31

Chapters 32-33

Chapters 34-35

Chapters 36-38

Chapters 39-41

Chapters 42-43

Chapters 44-46

Chapters 47-49

Chapters 50-51

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Poetry Writing


Frindle by Andrew Clements

I will add a 10 minute or so audio file of me reading this book daily. I would love it if students would add in a comment of what they thought of the day’s reading.

From bestselling and award-winning author Andrew Clements, a quirky, imaginative tale about creative thought and the power of words that will have readers inventing their own words.

Is Nick Allen a troublemaker? He really just likes to liven things up at school — and he’s always had plenty of great ideas. When Nick learns some interesting information about how words are created, suddenly he’s got the inspiration for his best plan ever…the frindle. Who says a pen has to be called a pen? Why not call it a frindle? Things begin innocently enough as Nick gets his friends to use the new word. Then other people in town start saying frindle. Soon the school is in an uproar, and Nick has become a local hero. His teacher wants Nick to put an end to all this nonsense, but the funny thing is frindle doesn’t belong to Nick anymore. The new word is spreading across the country, and there’s nothing Nick can do to stop it.


Chapters 1-2

Chapter 3-4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6 & 7

Chapters 8 & 9

Chapters 10 & 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13 & 14

Chapter 15

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Hi, Everyone!

When you pick up your packet you will have a sheet that shows you how to login to Third Grade, I did yours. Second Grade, Mrs. Swanson did yours. So for second graders, I can’t see what she has assigned or what you have done. Third grade, I have assigned all of your activities and can see what you have done.  IXL is a lot of fun and super easy to use. Laney figured it out quickly and really enjoys being on it. I have even put Bryson on it.

Please let me know if you would like specific skills to work on as I can assign those to you.


Here is the link to watch a video of me showing you how to use it.  ENJOY!

Ms. Rachel

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How to Login into Readworks


2nd Grade:   EYU5LN

3rd Grade: 2DBLBB

  • Find your name and click on it.
  • Password for all students is: 1234
  • “Assignments To Do” will pop up and you click on the assignment. I tried to give you several choices to choose from. Pick the one you want to work on. It goes directly to me when you submit it.


Here is the link to a video from me that shows you how to login and how to use Readworks.


Scholastic News

How to Login to Scholastic News


3rd Grade:

  • Go to
  • Click on the Login
  • Click I Am A Student
  • Enter Code: rachel19
  • Scroll down till you find the correct magazine article. I will be assigning other magazines for different weeks.


2nd Grade:

  • Go to
  • Click on the Login
  • Click I Am A Student
  • Enter Code: rachel19
  • Scroll down till you find the correct magazine article. I will be assigning other magazines for different weeks.


Zoom Meetings!

Good Afternoon!

I will be emailing everyone directions on how to use Zoom for our weekly meetings. Zoom is a great way for all of us to see and talk to each other. Many of you, especially some of the 2nd graders have already used it. Yay! Zoom can be accessed through the KPBSD website or you can download the program onto your phone or tablet.

Mondays will be set days. So we are not all on at once. I have set up 2nd graders at 9am and 3rd graders at 10am. They will be recorded so if you are not able to meet at those times, you can watch the recordings later.

I would also like to meet up with students individually. Please email me times that work for you.

Looking forward to see all of your faces again soon!!!

Ms. Rachel

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Hello world!

Hello Ms. Rachel’s Parents and Students!

First and foremost I miss you all! It is way too quite in this classroom. I have set up this blog as a simple way for me to reach all of you. This is a learning curve for me, so please have some patience as I figure out how to post items and links.

Miss you all!

Ms. Rachel