Krebs' Class Blogs

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

March 27, 2011
by Denise Krebs
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Week 4 Blog Work

My 30: Simplify

This week’s blogging challenge is about curating or organizing our online information. I thought this picture was funny because it shows how disorganized we can be with hardware. Our digital world can be disorganized too. Today we will take some steps to be more organized in your blogging world.

Congratulations to Matthew, Ashley, Brittany, Melissa, Allison, and Crystal for being featured on the “Visit These” page.

Including the ones above, here are some other bloggers who are doing some great things: Jaci, Morgan, Krayton, Molly, Leah, Abby.

Work for Everyone

  1. Most importantly, add links to your posts back to the blogging challenge pages for Weeks 1 through 3. Check here for instructions on how to insert links into a post, or ask a friend.
  2. This week’s Challenge 4 is posted.  Do your best and share your genius! Do some of the following activities:
    1. Create blogroll categories.
    2. Link classmates and far away friends on blogroll. Add the Krebs’ Class Blogs as a link on your blogroll too.
    3. Spring cleaning your Post Categories.
    4. Write a post about tags and categories.
    5. Writing about your community.
    6. Write about another country and add questions you may have.
    7. Add a poll to your blog.
  3. Finally, catch up on any past weeks or add any other interesting blog posts.  Here is Teegan’s blog. She is really contributing by writing interesting posts on many different topics. Like Teegan, I hope you will continue to write multiple blog posts on any subject. You don’t have to just write about the blogging challenge topics.

Photo by Qfamily shared through CC Attribution 2.0 Generic License.

March 25, 2011
by Denise Krebs
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The Raven

Seventh graders have been reading and studying ballads. We are now reading “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe. This post is a homework assignment for them. Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."

Here is a new video to follow along with as you read “The Raven” for homework this weekend. (Sorry, I couldn’t find a good copy of The Simpson’s version, but I’ll bring it and we’ll watch it on Monday.)

In case you forgot your book, here is the text of “The Raven” poem, so you can follow along as you watch the video.

March 24, 2011
by Denise Krebs
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Shape Poems

Students created some wonderful shape poems. The assignment was to use words to create a picture of something they were passionate about. I think their work shows both passion and genius.

Class of 2016

Class of 2015

March 23, 2011
by Denise Krebs
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Greetings in French!

Eiffel Tower

Bienvenue dans Blogs classe de Krebs. La fille de Mme Krebs est d’apprendre à parler français, alors elle lui a demandé de vérifier l’exactitude de la traduction Google dans ce blog.

Un garçon dont le blog que nous avons visités, Harrison, est né au Québec et il a compté jusqu’à dix en français, donc je vais utiliser son compte ici, aussi. Zéro, un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, six, sept, huit, neuf, dix. Nous n’avons pas appris le français dans notre école, mais nous avons un professeur d’espagnol.

This post is for Week 3 Student Challenge.
Photo by Ella Mullins on Flickr with Attribution 2.0 Generic License.

March 19, 2011
by Denise Krebs
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Way to go, Bloggers!

Congratulations to these Krebs’ Class Bloggers who were featured on the “Visit These” blog page this week. Molly, Ryan, Allison, Crystal, Abby
If you don’t know how to get on the visit page, ask one of them.

Congratulations to Nicole and Brittany whose blogs were recommended by other students.

Everyone

  1. Mr. Heinrich asked us to take a survey, so his class can get to know Division 19’s readers. Click here for the survey.
  2. Make connections with the students who have come to visit your blogs.
  3. Visit other student blogs and leave comments. Or go visit someone in the Cool Classes blogroll. Be sure to review and use our Commenting Guidelines.

Beginners

  1. Make a post about Week 2 or Week 3 Challenges and link back to the Challenge page.
  2. If you don’t have a working counter or map on your blog, get one.

You can ask for help from Mrs. Krebs, Vanessa, Chandler or others who know how to put widgets into their blog.

Advanced

  1. Do three or more activities on Week 3 Challenges.
  2. Get a blogging challenge badge and add it to your sidebar. Here’s how: Open the badge image and save the URL. Add it to your Playground post as an image URL. Then copy the HTML code and put it in a widget text box.
  3. Check out some of the cool widgets that other bloggers have and get one for your blog.
  4. Leave a comment on Week 3 Challenges telling what you did for Challenge 3 with a link back to your blog.

March 17, 2011
by Denise Krebs
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Fall Fever

streamofgold

The combine roars like
A non-stop corn eating monster.
The grain flows into the tank
Like a yellow river.

The warm fall air smells
Like corndust and beauty mixed together.
Being behind the monster is
Like a dust storm from heaven.

The tractor hauling the heavy load
is like a slow race car screaming into the night.
The elevator, looking like a lit-up corn palace
Races my excitement, as I screech my brakes up to the scale.

The loud trip home is like a kid coming from a candy store.
With a check in my hand, and the steering wheel in the other,
I start out for home once more, only to
let the wind blow me up there again.

By Paul

Corn Kernel (flash)_4150

“streamofgold” by Aunt Owwee / Attribution 2.0 Generic License
“Corn Kernel (flash_4150)” by James Emery / Attribution 2.0 Generic License

March 15, 2011
by Denise Krebs
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Shape Poem – What do you envision?

Our next poetry assignment is to create a shape or picture poem. You can use paper, magazines, construction paper or any materials really. It can be any size. Please be creative and inspired!

You can also create it digitally. Here are two digital examples. For a digital version, you can use Glogster, Word, Draw, or whatever program fits your idea. We will need to get a screen shot of it for publication.

I wrote one as I was dreaming about spring last evening…

Spring Dream

See Gaby’s World Blog for another shape poem on love.

March 12, 2011
by Denise Krebs
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Sharing Our Research with the World

We are so excited to be joining the Student Blogging Challenge! Enjoy our latest posts based on research the students have done.

7th Graders

8th Graders

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March 9, 2011
by Denise Krebs
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How to Copy and Paste a Google Doc into Edublogs

We all write pieces at times that we are proud of and want to share on our blogs.  To do that, we have to retype or copy and paste. Some programs copy and paste better than others. Extra code lost in the Walt Disney post...Today we tried copying from a Google Doc and putting it into our blog and disaster struck! Look at this crazy code that barreled its way into Melissa’s blog post.

iProxy-Connection: keep alive Cache-Control: max-age=0

Yeah, whatever! Most of the 7th and 8th graders can relate to this mess!

Here are step-by-step directions to take the writing you have composed on Google Docs and bring it cleanly into Edublogs.

  1. First, copy the work. Use Command-C (Control-C on PCs) Remember: Don’t copy the heading because we don’t publish that on our blog posts.
  2. Next, come to your blog Dashboard and Add New post.
  3. Add the Title.
  4. Then under Visual view, click the colorful button on the far right. It’s called the kitchen sink. About in the middle of the lower toolbar is a button with a T for text–plain text, that is. This “Paste as Plain Text” button is what you need. Click and then Command-V (or Control-V for PCs) and your text will go in. Then click Insert.
  5. Make any extra formatting you wish. Maybe some bolded headings or color changes.
  6. Now in either Visual or HTML, it won’t have all that extra crazy code that gave us fits when we tried to paste it directly into the post.
  7. Going through that one extra step will keep this post having the same nice formatting as all your other blog posts!
  8. Keep up the great blogging!

If you’d rather watch me do it, I’ve made a video showing the steps on my desktop.
Putting a Google Doc into an Edublogs Post

Do I really sound that flaky? (Don’t answer that!)

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