Sunday, August 28, 2011

Learning How to Comment!

Most of Mrs. Yollis' new students are novices to the world of blogging. (A novice is a fancy word for someone who is new or inexperienced at something.) A few students know about blogging because they had a first grade blog with Mrs. Levy

Two students are familiar with blogging because their siblings, Hannah and Miriam, were in Mrs. Yollis' class last year. Both girls earned their own blogs by demonstrating responsible work habits and consistently contributing quality comments to the class blog.

Because most students are new, we will devote this post to the skill of composing a quality comment!

Blogging has many parts: the post, the comments, and the sidebar.

If you do a good job with all of the parts, your blog will be more interesting.

Today we will focus on quality comments!

Content is key!
In our class, we evaluate our blog comments.
A one-point comment
is a general comment that doesn't add very much to the post. Example: I like your blog. Please visit mine! A two-point comment adds something to the comment conversation. A commenter might compliment the writer in a specific way or add new information. Another idea is to make a connection. Maybe the post reminds you of an experience that you've had. Share that connection!  Try to end your comment with a relevant question. That way, an interesting conversation can develop.

Here is a video made by Mrs. Yollis' students about How to Compose a Quality Comment!
It offers tips to help you take your comments to the next level!

We like to open our comments with a greeting and end with a closing. We choose to do this as it makes it easier for us to follow the conversation within a comment section.

Mrs. Smith, from Ontario, Canada, adds another excellent idea:
Give some information about where you are from and what grade you are in.
Thanks for a great tip, Mrs. Smith! 

Bianca, a student blogger from Mrs. Morris' class has a great new post about blogging etiquette. She has some great tips about blogging! Be sure to leave her a quality comment!

-For Advanced Bloggers-

Some bloggers like to use HTML code to make their comments better.  Learning to write HTML code, or HTML tags, is a somewhat simple way to take your comment to the next level.

HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) is a language.

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To write HTML code, use the following symbols:

Important: Do not add a space between the HTML tag and the word or sentence.


1.  To put text in italics, place this HTML code around the text:



The sentence will look like this when published:

Bloggers should always proofread a comment before publishing.


2.  To make text bold, place this HTML code around the text:


The sentence will look like this when published: 

Bloggers should always proofread a comment before publishing.



3.  To make a hyperlink, it gets a little tricky.

Use the following HTML code around the URL and add your own link word/words:

  [The URL is the address of the web page. It starts with http://www…]

The HTML code below:


Will become this hyperlink when published:

                                                                 Mrs. Yollis’ Website

Sometimes it is hard to remember the HTML codes. I keep an HTML word document on my desktop with all the common codes, especially the one to create a hyperlink. Here is a video demonstrating how easy it is to a create a hyperlink if you have the code set up in a Word doc.

If you like to add fun are those codes!

What did you learn about quality commenting? 
 Why is it important to proofread a comment before pressing publish? 

Have you ever had a conversation in a comment section?



  1. Dear Mrs. Yollis' Class,

    Now you have all the information you need to write quality comments! I look forward to seeing what conversations develop from the comments on your blog.

    I think commenting is one of the most important things about blogging. It opens the blog up to other people so they can share in your learning and add interesting new perspectives.

    Some very unexpected conversations can occur through commenting! Last year we posted a mystery picture of something in our class (it was part of cactus we were building), and through the comments we learned about bunyips which are mythical creatures from Australia. We even got links to stories and information about bunyips from our friends in Australia. Here is a link to the comment that started it all.

    I never thought we would learn about magical Australian creatures from a post about a cactus, but that is just one example of how comments can lead to unexpected and fascinating learning.

    Happy commenting!

    Your friend in Connecticut,
    Mr. Salsich

  2. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    Hello! We are novices at blogging and wanted to learn from the best, so we decided to visit your blog. We watched your video about quality comments and we loved it. We felt that the strongest part of the video was that the students did the teaching. We learned it is important to proofread your comments before you post them. When you proofread you make sure that you capitalize the beginning of a sentence and proper nouns.

    We also learned that we should add more information to a comment or ask a question about something that was posted on the blog.

    Mrs. Goucher's Class

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    @ Mr. Salsich,

    Thank you so much for your quality comment! I learned that there is a mythical creature in Australia called a bunyips.

    We are just learning how to comment today. We've learned:

    1. You should always proofread what you write.

    2. It's nice to end a comment with a relevant question. That way you can get a conversation going!

    We will be commenting more throughout the week!

    Sasha, Mia, and Maya

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    @ Mrs. Goucher,

    Thank you so much for your kind comment! I am so glad that you enjoyed our student video and that you learned from it.

    Yes, proofreading is an important part of all types of writing, but especially when leaving a comment. If you leave a lot of mistakes then people might not know what you are trying to say.

    We will visit your blog soon and leave you a quality comment!

    Your new friends,
    Mrs. Y♥ and class

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  5. Dear Mrs. Yollis' Class,

    I have read your blog post entitled "Learning How to Comment". I found the information it contained to be very useful.

    In particular, the video clip you have added was very interesting to watch. Not only does it provide valuable information for a visitor to your blog, it helps visitors hear the accents you use in speech. This gives people an extra point of interest to an already interesting post.

    For me, commenting is a very important part of the day. If I read a blog, I like to leave positive comments as they show the blogger people have taken the time to read.

    I hope to see more blog posts from your class. I already visit the blog of other classes including some you might know here in Australia.

    Ross Mannell (teacher)

  6. Dear Mrs. Yollis' Class,

    I'm so excited that there's a new group of students! I know you're all going to have a great year.

    One of my favorite parts about blogging is being able to comment. It's a great way to share what you think about a certain topic. I know I've had many great conversations just through commenting!

    Of course, it is so important to make sure that the comments are written well. I love receiving well written comments on our blog.

    I know you're going to love blogging this year. I can't wait to learn from you!

    Mr. Avery
    Plympton, Massachusetts
    Mr. Avery's Class Blog

  7. Dear Mrs Yollis and new third grade students,

    Hi my name is Millie and I am in 2KM. I live in Australia (Geelong). My teacher is Mrs Morris at Leopold Primary School.

    I have my own Blog here is the website that you have to type in . . I will be a roll modle for you guys and next you will be roll modles for other grade twos.

    Your blogging friend,

    Millie♥ 2KM ☻

  8. Dear Mrs Yollis and your new students,

    I am like Mr Avery as I am very excited as well that you have a new group of students introducing them to the wonderful world of blogging.

    In saying this you have simply have got the best when it comes to introducing you all about the wonderful world of blogging.
    Already from what I have been reading you have written some outstanding comments.
    Well done to each of you!and your amazing teacher.

    From your pal,

  9. Dear Mrs. Yollis and Class,

    Welcome back to school! It looks like you are already learning so much about safe blogging and have been doing many fun projects in your class. I look forward to sharing this particular post with my students tomorrow, as it will be their first experience with academic blogging.

    I am curious about how often you blog and how often each student has the opportunity to blog at school.

    Have a great day!
    Mrs. Madden
    Agoura Hills

  10. @Mr. Salsich
    I loved your comment and I am going to make an unexpected conversation about hurricane Irene. Was the wind blowing hard around you? Did any tree fall in your neighborhood? Were you scared?

    I hope you visit us again and leave another comment.


  11. Dear Mrs Yollis,
    Awesome post.

    I was so surprised when you linked my post to your blog it really made my day. Thank you so much Mrs Yollis. :)

    Interesting questions.

    You should always use correct punctuation in a comment.

    Why should you always proofread your comment becasue you might have mistakes and we all know the motto. We learn from our mistakes.

    I have had a converstation with you Mrs Yollis on my post called My dog Hack. I really enjoyed our converstation.

    From your pal,

  12. Hi Mrs. Yollis,

    Hi I'm, Jordi From 2KM at Leopold P.S Australia.

    Great Post, Mrs. Yollis!

    Quality comments are very important. I use them alot on the 2KM and 2KJ blog.

    I am glad that we are blogging buddies for 2011.

    Yes I have had a conversation before, with my mum.

    Yes just like Millie (2KM) you will be role models when we move on to grade 3 and you will be with the other students.

    I know lot's of tips about quality comments and typing practice.

    1. You can practice typing on the computer. I can now type only sometimes without looking at the keys.

    2. To leave a quality comment you have to say who you are, be nice, get an adult to check your comment before publishing and do not repeat what you say.

    You are all so lucky to get Mrs. Yollis for a teacher this year.

    How many times do you think you will get, Mrs. Yollis as your teacher?


  13. @ Sarah,

    Thank you for replying to my comment and asking about the hurricane.

    Yes, the wind was blowing very hard all day long on Sunday. I wasn't really scared because I don't have any big trees next to my house, but I was worried that I would lose power from all the other trees that fell and knocked down wires.

    Luckily I never lost power but almost everyone else in my town did. 90% of the houses and businesses still don't have power. So we won't be able to start school on time. We were supposed to start Wednesday, but the schools still don't have power. Maybe we can start on Thursday or Friday. I can't wait to start the year and meet my new students!

    One good thing about the hurricane is that it brought big waves, so I have been body-surfing a lot the last two days. I love to body-surf almost as much as I love to teach.

    Happy blogging!

    Your friend,
    Mr. Salsich

  14. Dear Mrs. Yollis' Class,

    Thank you for the shout out about our first grade blog :-) I can't wait to see the awesome things you all do on your class blog.

    One of the reasons I love your blog so much is that I learn things I didn't know before. I would have never known that a hummingbird goes into a torpor in the evening. ( And I use your html information all the time when I'm blogging. Do you know if on blogger you can use html to post a picture in a comment? I have tried before but have not been able to.

    Your blogging pal,
    Mrs. Levy

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    @ Ross Mannell (Australia teacher)

    Thanks for your kind words and your interesting observation about our accents! We don't think of ourselves as having an accent, but you are correct. We have an American accent! :-)

    I love the comment section as well. It is so wonderful to see a child's face when they get a response from someone. It is truly motivating! Thanks for your part!

    @ Mr. Avery, (Massachusetts)

    Thanks so much for dropping by and leaving us a comment! We are excited to learn about blogging, but are still novices.

    I don't know why, but your avatar is coming through as a black square with a triangle and an exclamation mark. Did you change your avatar? Hmmm...

    We were talking about the hurricane today and hope that you are doing well. Will school be shut down or will you be able to start on time?

    We look forward to learning with you and your sixth graders this year!

    @ Millie♥ 2KM , (Australian student)

    Wow! You have left a tremendous comment for my new bloggers! Thank you!

    Later in the year, some of my students will be earning blogs. I'd love to hear, what do you enjoy most about having your own blog? What is the most difficult part?


    @ AA, (Australia parent)

    We are learning about blogging slowly, but have really enjoyed getting to know our readers. They already recognize Bianca, you, Mr. Salsich, and Mr. Avery! How lovely to have such great friends who will help us learn!

    Mrs. Y♥llis

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    @ Mrs. Madden,

    Welcome back to school to you too! It has certainly been a h☼t start!

    Once the students know how to type, they are allowed to partner up and type a comment when they finish their class work. Otherwise, we get time in the computer lab every other week. We're hoping to get a set of computer this year so we can have a blogging station.

    I'll drop by your blog and leave a comment soon!

    @ Bianca, (Australian student)

    Awesome post to you too! I absolutely loved your etiquette post and thought it was the perfect complement to our video. Did any from my class stop by and leave you a comment? I hope so! You are a wonderful student model, Bianca! :-)

    Does anyone else blog in your third grade class?

    @ Jordi, (Australian student)

    Wow! Way to go with the quality comment!

    1. I love your tip about practicing typing on the computer. What sites do you recommend?

    2. Yes, getting an adult to proofread is critical. You don't want to write something that is confusing or repetitive.

    My students will start writing their own comments back soon. Thanks for a super-duper comment!

    Mrs. Y♥llis

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  17. Hi Mrs. Yollis,

    Thanks for the the reply.

    I use sqworl to practise my typing you should give it a try.


  18. Dear Mrs Yollis,

    Hi my name is Eb I am in 2KM & 2KJ in Australia.

    I won our Family Blogging month back in May and I taught all my family how to leave a comment on the blog.

    I like blogging alot. I like reading all types of bloggs. My teacher Miss Jordan is great at teaching us all about blogging because I can understand her and that is how I have learnt how to leave a quality comment.

    Your new pal,

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    Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    Thank you for putting my URL in your post about how to leave a comment. It was a lot of fun making the comment video last year.

    There are a lot of interesting things I learned from the many comments that I have received. For example, I did a post about the USC library and learned from Mrs. Jacobs that in Seoul Korea there is a digital library. That lead to a discussion about the advantages of reading a book digitally versus having a hard copy. I think I might now want an ipad for my birthday to see which I prefer.


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  20. Dear Mrs Yollis’ class You have an excellent teacher. She is very nice. Don’t be scared.

    from Nathan in B4

  21. Dear Mrs Yollis
    I think your students will be good role models like us and in 10 days it will be my birthday.

Tyl☃ in B4

  22. Dear Mrs Yollis.
    Your page is super awesome .
    One of my tips on comments is get to work straight away .
    Two don’t talk to anyone.

    Have you got any tips on comments?

    From your blogging buddy Dyl♔n .

  23. Dear Mr. Avery,

    Thank you for visiting our blog and leaving a quality comment! My sister, Hannah, was in Mrs.Yollis' class last year and had an amazing experience, I'm sure I will also.

    Just like you, my favorite part of blogging is commenting. It's nice to have conversations with different people from around the world.

    I look forward to your future comments and to having more conversations with you!


  24. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I loved the video that you and your old students did. I hope that we get to do that this year! I think it would be really fun. By the way, I was trying to get on to the place value comment section but it wasn't working for me.

    Your student,

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    @ Jordi,

    Thanks for the wonderful list on the sqworl site. We are just learning how to type. How is your typing going?

    @ Eb,

    I remember when you won Family Blogging Month! You wrote about your visit to Dreamworld! :-)

    There are a lot of different types of blogs. I read student blogs, like yours, and teacher blogs like Miss Jordan's and Mrs. Morris' blogs.

    Do you think you'll continue blogging when you move on the third grade?

    @ ♥Miriam♥,

    It was a pleasure to mention and link to your blog! I love how you have been publishing all summer! I think it will continue to strengthen your writing. Plus, I love keeping in touch with you!

    Do you think you might get an iPad? If so, I'll be curious to hear what you think of it as an e-reading tool.

    Thanks again for being a terrific role model for my new students!

    Best regards,
    Mrs. Y♥llis

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  26. G'day Mrs Yollis,
    Thank you for replying back to me.

    I am glad you love my etiquette post.

    Miriam, Leila and Miriam's mum (Victoria) wrote on my blog which is just awesome.

    Intersting question Mrs De Vries my teacher has her own blog and she really enjoys blogging.

    Here is the link.

    You might like to check it out when you get time Mrs Yollis. :)

    From your pal,

  27. @ Mrs Yollis,
    Hi my name is Liam. I live Geelong .I am in 2KM.

    I’m going to be a role model for you guys.

    I just love your blog.

    I know that you leave paragraphs to make it easyer to read.

    From your blogging buddy

  28. Dear Mr. Salsich,

    I'm glad you didn't get hurt from Hurricane Irene. It's really cool that you surf. One of my closest friends, Evan, surfs every weekend. Have you ever seen a sea creature while you where surfing?


  29. @Aidan,

    Thanks for the reply. The most common sea creatures I see when I surf are stripped bass. They are beautiful fish, about 3 to 4 Feet long with silvery stripes on their sides. I see them swimming near me all the time.

    Of course, I also see (and feel) a few jellyfish, but most of them are the clear, harmless kind called comb jellies.

    I also love to see and hear the different birds flying over the water.

    Mr. Salsich

  30. Dear Mr. Salsich,
    Thank you for commenting back to me.
    What do the calm jellyfish look like, and have you ever gotten stung by a regular jellyfish?

  31. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    We finally got school started but a day later! We were supposed to start on Wednesday but the school didn't get power back on until then because of the hurricane. We started on Thursday instead. It's been a great couple of days though. I'm looking forward to connecting my new class with your blog!

    I changed my avatar so hopefully I won't show up as a big black box with an exclamation mark anymore! That looks nothing like me.

    Mr. Avery

  32. @Mr. Salsich,
    I am glad you are doing fine after the hurricane. Did your school get its power back?

    How are your new students at school? What grade are you teaching this year?

    I also like surf on my boogie board.


  33. Dear Mrs Yollis' class
    Your school is super guys.
    Kia Kaha- that means be strong guys.

    by Jonathon ♔

  34. Dear Mrs. Yollis and Class,

    Our third grade class in Arizona so appreciates the time you have spent in helping others with commenting on a blog post. We are new to blogging and could use all of the help we can get. We learned a great deal from your blogs on one-point and two-point comments. Our class feels it requires a great deal of thought in putting together a comment that not only compliments but continues the conversation. This definitely allows us to use our higher level thinking skills. For the students in our class, the most challenging has been the continuation of the conversation. What has been the most challenging for your class?

    Mrs. Fraher's Class

  35. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I think it is great that you're incorporating creating a blog and quality comments into the lessons with your class. Blogging is very relevant to their lives (and ours), especially with the vast use of blogs on the internet to share information and make connections with others. What you're doing with your students is very inspiring to me. Thanks for sharing! I look forward to learning more from you and your class!


    Graduate Student
    Texas Christian University
    College of Education
    Curriculum Studies

  36. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    Thank you for blogging. The video we watched was interesting and we learned from it. We learned tips for how to write on people's blogs, like a compliment. We also learned that if you know something about the topic, you can put it on there if nobody else has written it. We liked the suggestion to only use one punctuation instead of a bunch if you liked it.

    Thank you for that video and post. This is our first time blogging and our first time leaving a comment on a post.

    We are curious about the video they made. Did the kids come up with their own words? Did they need to have it written down? Is it difficult to make a movie?

    Miss Olen and class

  37. Dear Mrs. Yollis' class,

    What a pleasure to be in your class and meet all of you today! I was so impressed with your knowledge of blogging and typing! When you were reading the comments, you caught every single error! Wow! Are you sure you are only in third grade?

    I wish we had blogging when I was in Mrs. Yollis' class in third grade. Sadly, we didn't even have the Internet! I first heard of the Internet in sixth grade!

    Do you have any good tips to help me become a better commenter?

    Your friend,
    Miss Dietz

  38. Dear Mts. Yollis,
    I really like your blog. How did your class make it look so easy?
    Ms. Olen's Class

  39. I am very interested in digital learning and teaching, and I like your post that describes how to make comments on the blog. Since it is a digital learning space, students must be aware of how to blog, response, and create comments in order to participate in the class. I think it is a great idea that you actually teach them through the means of technology. Thank you for sharing!

    from Jen.

  40. Dear Mrs Yollis' class,

    I really enjoyed your video about writing quality comments. I am planning to share it with some teachers in January next year when we talk about students blogging.

    How long did it take you to be comfortable writing blog posts and comments? I think the teachers I work with would find that useful to know.

    I am from Queensland, Australia and I found your post through this tweet on twitter.

    Thank you for sharing your tips and information :)

    Mrs B

  41. Great stuff here. The information and the detail were just perfect. I think that your perspective is deep, its just well thought out and
    really fantastic to see someone who knows how to put these thoughts down so well. Great job on this.

  42. Dear Mrs. Yollis and students,

    First of all I wanted to say that it is very clear to me why your class has won awards from edublogs. Already I have learned so much about blogging.

    My class blog is just getting started, under construction really. I am away from my classroom right now, on maternity leave but will be going back to school in May in a grade 3 class. Blogging will be new to all of us so I really want o focus on teaching my students to write quality comments the way that you do. Is it possible to include a link to your awesome video on my blog? This way the parents of my students can learn about quality commenting too!

    If you would like to visit our blog, we'd love to have you! I tried to insert the link here but just in case it didn't work here's the address of our blog

    Thanks for teaching me so much about blogging!


    Mrs. Georganas
    Grade 3 Teacher at ALC
    Stittsville, Ontario, Canada

  43. Dear Mrs Yollis's Class,
    We are a Year 5 class (ages 9-10) from London, England and think your amazing post is going to be really helpful for us.
    We have our own blog, which we love using, but we want to improve our comments to each other so we can learn even more.
    Thanks to your tips, we are going to improve our comments - just like this one!
    Why don't you check our blog and let us know what you think:
    All the best,
    Class 5J and Mr Hughes

  44. Heheheh I LOVE this post! My comments have been a bit dodgy, but how could they remain so after such a detailed blog post!!! lol
    Thank you
    Reflective Teacher

  45. Thank you.That video was a great help to me. Thank you for showing me how to “leave a Reply”.


  46. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I am Mayra, and my son is part of the Terrific Tuis-class from Pukekawa (NZ), a combined Yr3, 4 and 5 class who are learning to blog with the help of their teacher Mrs. N-C. They have started their own classblog, "Terrifice Tuis" on Edublogs.
    We are wondering if you could help us: is there some way for the parents (and other followers of our class blog) to know when a post or comment has been added to the blog, without having to go into the blog and checking everything? What do we need to add to our class blog to enable this?

    Hoping you can help us,
    Mayra (on behalf of the Terrific Tuis)

  47. Hello Mrs Yollis,
    I am currently teaching in the Yarra Valley from Victoria Australia, and we are learning how to write quality comments and we will certainly pay a visit to your blog. I love the HTML code, I think the students here will have a lot fo fun with it!
    From Nicole Barnes

  48. Hi Mrs Yollis,

    I thoroughly enjoyed watching your video clip on what make a good comment! My class, in England, are a Year 3/4 class (7,8 and 9 years old) and have just started blogging. They are beginning to think about how to comment on others work. I am really looking forward to sharing your blog and video with them in our next ICT lesson! Thank you for taking the time to create the tips!

    Mrs Darling

  49. Hi Mrs. Yollis,

    Are you having a fantastic weekend? I'm having an amazing weekend!

    I went to see a horse show and my mom's friend Lisa came over!

    What are you doing?

  50. Dear Mrs. Yollis' Class,
    We are P4Ws from Dublin,Ireland. Your video was cool and we learned a lot about commenting. Your video helped us write this comment. We would love to see another video from you.

    Is the panda still in your class? He was very clever!
    What class are you teaching this year?

    Thank you for sharing with us. We look forward to reading your blog.


  51. Thanks Mrs. Yollis and students for your great video and post about commenting. I work with middle school students mostly and they learn the 5 points of leaving a good comment from your video! As a matter of fact, there are several hundred middle schoolers here in Hoover, Alabama that have watched and learned from your post. Thanks for sharing and know your work is valued!
    Have a wonderful day!
    Jeff Richardson
    Tech Coach
    Hoover Alabama

    1. @ Mr. Richardson,

      Today we were learning about many stuff like: bunny into bunnies.

      We are in second and third grade split class. I am in second grade. We were learning about one word with two different meanings like: can in "I can do this!" and can in: "The soup can is open." Here is another one: pear and pair. If you want to, you can give me one sentence for each pear/pair. This is an example for this kind of pear: "I have two pear trees in my backyard." This is an example for the other pair: " I have two pairs of socks on my closet."

      Here is my name. It also has two meanings. One is: Heather(my name) or the flower heather. Can you think of a word that has two different meanings? I can think of many more words that have different meanings like: sale and sail. Male and mail and many many more.

      Have a lovely afternoon!


    2. Hi Heather,
      Thanks so much for your reply. You are a great writer and it sounds like you are learning a lot about words that sound the same but have different meanings. Do you know what those words are called? There is a name for those words that sound the same but are spelled differently, like pear and pair, so see if you can figure out what it is.

      As for words that are spelled the same but have different meanings, how about ARM. Example 1: I have a bracelet on my arm. Example 2: Mrs. Yollis must arm herself with knowledge before teaching a new lesson. Here are a few pairs I thought of: I and eye, light and lite, way and weigh, due and dew.

      And also, I noticed you made some of your words bold in your comment. I did not know how to do that until I read this post, so you helped me learn something new (knew) today. Thanks because I (eye) love learning new things.

      I hope you and your classmates learn something new today too!

      Mr. Richardson

    3. Dear Mr. Richardson,

      Yes, I do know what the name of it is. I think it's called homophone. I hope you teach something new today (too)!

      Just like I said, we changed bunny into bunnies. That is called pleurae.

      Today we did learn something. The second/third split class paired up with either a second (if you are a third grader) or a third grader (if you are a second grader). We searched up facts about the Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening The World is the nickname for the Statue of Liberty) on World Book Online. Here are some parts of the Statue of Liberty: the tablet, right arm, history, when it was made, torch, how long it was (from the ground to the torch), copper, and many more. I was doing the right arm and I only got one fact about it. The fact was: length of it was about forty-two feet long.

      I hope you had a great time learning how to comment and commenting for fun!


  52. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,
    Thank you for posting your video. It was helpful to our class. We used your tips to look at our teacher's comments, and proofread what they had written about our blogs. We found out that Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Davis had a few mistakes! One of their main mistakes was using too many exclamation points! They will be better about that now. We think another tip you could add would be that the person who wrote the post should respond to a comment and answer questions they are asked. We also think we will have a partner help us proofread our comments before we hit publish. We hope you will come to see our blog, and log-in as a guest. The password is "guest". Our blog is Could you make a quality comment on some of our posts? Thanks so much!
    Mrs. Davis' 4th Grade class in Virginia

    1. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

      Our class watched your video on commenting. It was very helpful to see how to use the archive on your blog to find interesting posts. Blogging is new to us, but we are starting our own blog. Is there some way that we could have commented just about your video?


      Mr. Y's 4th Grade Class in North Carolina

  53. Dear Mrs. Yollis and Grade 3,

    We are another Grade 3 Class in Beijing, China. We have a blog. It is We enjoyed watching your videos about quality blogging. We are learning how to comment and make posts. Thanks for your advice. Keep up the great blogging!

    Mr. G and Grade 3

  54. Hello Mrs. Yollis, and the wonderful 2nd and 3rd graders,

    I am happy to have come across your wonderful blog to help my class on their blogging journey! I can't wait to share your video with them about how to write a quality comment. They are doing well so far, but we need to practice the proofreading part.

    Here is a question for the students: Will Mrs. Yollis post your comment if you are missing capitals, punctuation, or it doesn't make sense? How do you make sure that it has all been checked?

    We can't wait to hear from you!
    Your Friends in Orange County,
    The Top Chefs of 2nd Grade
    and their teacher,
    Miss Goold

  55. Hi! I really enjoyed your post about how to write a good comment on a blog. I was wondering what country you guys are in? I am in the middle east, specifically Oman. Thanks.
    PS Can you guys look at my blog? It's
    I blog about being home-schooled and stuff I do everyday.

  56. Hello Ms Yollis' class!

    We are a 6th-grade class in Oman, and we just read your blog. You did very well describing what a good comment should include.We liked your post so much that we are using what we learned as we write this comment. Just like Ms. Yollis, we like the comment section a lot as well. How often do you read your comments and answer them?
    We took your rules and we made a Middle School version of them that we will use when we write comments.

    How did you end up with a panda as your class mascot?


    Mr. Callaway's class