Krebs' Class Blogs

Constructing, creating, communicating, collaborating, and thinking critically in grade 5.

February 28, 2011
by Denise Krebs

Leave Your Blog URL When Visiting Others

Here are step-by-step instructions for leaving your URL in a comment.

  1. First, open a new post and call it “playground”. This is one you will not post, but it will remain in draft form, a place to practice.
  2. Open a new post called "Playground"

    After working on your playground post, always push "SAVE DRAFT" not "PUBLISH"

    After working on your playground post, always push "SAVE DRAFT" not "PUBLISH"

  3. On your practice page, write a message about your blog in Visual view. Something like: My blog or Please visit my blog.                 Highlight the words you want to hyperlink
  4. Next, copy your URL from your blog.          Copy your URL from your blog
  5. Highlight a word or words you want to link to your blog.  Highlight the words you want to hyperlink
  6. Then click on the link button and add your URL.               Add your blog's link
  7. Finally, move to HTML view and copy the code.              Switch to HTML and capture the code.
  8. Paste it into the comment box along with your well-written, thoughtful comment.

Post the HTML code into your comment.

February 28, 2011
by Denise Krebs

Cafe, Triple H and Lions Blogging Work

Hello, geniuses, here are some recent posts to check out. Remember to read through the commenting guidelines and take this assignment serious. It is your chance to contribute and connect, which leads to collaboration with others who are passionate about the same things as you.

Bloggers’ Cafe is from Australia. See the latest posts, always something interactive for you to do.

Mr. Herzog’s Class, Vermont, USA

Mr. Huebner’s Class

Mr. Heinrich’s Class, British Columbia, Canada

Pride 11 – This is the class we’ve been talking to about Egypt, Illinois, USA

February 21, 2011
by Denise Krebs

Give Me Liberty: The Story of the Declaration of Independence

Eighth graders read the book Give Me Liberty: The Story of the Declaration of Independence in jigsaw fashion. Give Me Liberty by Russell FreedmanThat is, each pair or triad read one chapter. They were responsible for reading it well and understanding it. Then each group presented their chapter to the whole class. I’m curious if you have used this method, and if you have had success with it. But first, here, for your viewing pleasure, are the chapter summaries.

Chapter 1: “The Night the Revolution Began: The Boston Tea Party” by Shaina, Abby, and Kim

Chapter 2 “A New World” by Becca and Nicole

Chapter 3 “If This Be Treason” by Lucas and Aaron

Chapter 4 “Intolerable Acts” by Crystal, Brittany, and Carli

Chapter 5 “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World” by Ryan and Morgan

Chapter 6“The Whites of Their Eyes” by Ashley and Carter

Chapter 7 “Common Sense” by Molly and Leah

Chapter 8 “Declaring Independence” by Jarod, Clayton, and Matthew

Chapter 9 “Your Rights and Mine” by Allie and Melissa

Do your students read books or other materials in jigsaw fashion?

Any suggestions to help make the learning and sharing a success?

In addition, my students and I would love to hear what you think of the end projects they did. Thank you in advance!

February 19, 2011
by Denise Krebs
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The Exquisite Corpse Adventure Book Trailers

Roberta from The Exquisite Corpse Adventure
by: mrsdkrebs

Seventh graders used iMovie to create stunning book trailers for The Exquisite Corpse Adventure. After you view the seven trailers below, you just may be inspired to read the online book at It’s 27 chapters of fun, written by about 20 different authors, including Katherine Paterson, Lemony Snicket, Jon Scieszka, Kate DiCamillo, Steven Kellogg and so many others. We thought it was a fun read. Some of us thought it was a little too fantastical at times, but with so many authors, it was bound to get crazy!

Justin and Paris Book Trailer Chandler and Grace Book Trailer Meghan and Andrew Book Trailer Shiann, Christina, and Krayton Book Trailer Vanessa and Tyler Book Trailer Jaci and Paul Book Trailer Jason and Becca Book Trailer Thanks for watching! Hope you like our book trailers!

February 15, 2011
by Denise Krebs
1 Comment

Protests in Egypt

2011 Egypt protests - round signsEighth graders have been studying the American Revolutionary War. Is it anything like the protests and rebellion in Egypt? Some of us think so. We’ve begun to engage in a discussion with another eighth grade class, and now on our own blogs too. Would you care to give your opinion? Would you have joined in the protests? What do you hope for the people of Egypt?

Here are some of our blogs:

Photo: By Mona (IMG00606-20110130-1644 Uploaded by BanyanTree) [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

February 10, 2011
by Denise Krebs

Blogging with Mrs. Schueder

OK, blogger geniuses! Stay busy and make me proud. Here are the assignments you should finish by the end of the period today.

  1. Finish your avatar if you haven’t already.
  2. Register for the blogging challenge.
  3. Leave a wish on the Wall Wisher. Ask Matt, Brittany, Abby or Melissa if you need help. Your wish won’t show up until I approve it.
  4. Visit some of the other classrooms and see what kind of work they are doing.
  5. Leave a well-written and meaningful comment, if you have time.
  6. Add a blog post. Add a question at the end that invites comments.
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