Krebs' Class Blogs

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

April 26, 2012
by Denise Krebs

Triangle Thinking

Thanks to a great resource that came across Twitter, in history class we analyzed primary source AP photographs and wrote triangle thinking poems.

In Iowa we have a subscription to AP images, which proves very useful in finding authentic photos with descriptions and proper source information. Students enjoyed finding a picture of their choice.

From the post above: “Please feel free to download and distribute the Primary Source Thinking Triangle Activity (but please keep the citation and format, including logos, intact).”

You can read our poems below:

April 25, 2012
by Denise Krebs
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Changing and the Status Quo

Great work by my geniuses as they tackled the big idea of showing how promoters of change and promoters of the status quo make history. I wrote about the process on my teacher blog here.


Jaci and Meghan – Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.

Becca and Paul – Ku Klux Klan and Rosa Parks

Christina and Grace – Lucy Terry and Duluth Lynchings

Jason – Civil War

Krayton – Augusta M. Hunt

Vanessa – Kenneth James Weishuhn

Shiann and Paris – Japan and US at Pearl Harbor

Justin and Chandler



April 22, 2012
by Denise Krebs

Conquering the Comma

When do you use a comma? We all make mistakes at times, like Senator Grassley did in his correspondence cited in number 3 below.

I just finished reading a set of essays, and I was pleased at the quality of my students’ work. For the most part and with occasional reminders, the students are learning how to use commas in all these ways.

  1. Direct address. Come here, boys, and get lunch. Tyler, do you have time to do it?
  2. Set off year in a date. March 29, 2012, was a very good day.
  3. Set off state or country. My trip to Barcelona, Spain, was a success.

    Letter to the Director of the Secret Service by Senator Charles Grassley, April 2012

  4. Series of three or more. I enjoy eating pizza, carrots, potatoes, and peas.
  5. After a dependent clause in a complex sentence. As soon as we finish the game, we will eat.
  6. After other introductory words and phrases at the beginning of a sentence. Having eaten all the cookies, Matilda got sick. At the beginning of the trial, the judge called a meeting. Well, I don’t like that.
  7. Before one of the FANBOYS conjunctions (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so) in a compound sentence. I will be here for the game, but I will be a few minutes late.
  8. Between the tag and the quotation. Becca said, “Booggity, booggity, booggity.”

Don’t use a comma:

  1. No comma between the two verbs in a compound predicate. She gave the girls pizza and washed the dishes after they ate.
  2. No comma in any list of two things. I like going to the playground on Saturday and the mall on Friday.
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