Krebs' Class Blogs

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

April 29, 2015
by Denise Krebs

Now Here Are Some Questions for Our Pen Pals

Dear Iowa Pen Pals,

We finished answering all your great questions. Now we have some questions for you.

    1. We go to school Sunday through Thursday. What days do you go to school?
    2. Do you have Sports Day? We had Sports Day last week.
    3. What did you do for Earth Day? We had an assembly and sang a song promising to take care of the earth. We’re going to start recycling at our school and homes.
    4. Where do you eat lunch?

      Some of us eating lunch during recess

    5. Next week we are going to go to Magic Island for a field trip. Do you go to any field trips? Where? What would be your dream field trip?
    6. How do you have birthday parties at your school?
    7. We play outside. Do you play outside? Do you play outside when it snows?
    8. When it snows hard, do you cancel school?
    9. How do you go to your house after school, in a car or a bus or walking or on a scooter or a bike?
    10. How do you play on the playground? What kind of equipment do you have?

April 9, 2015
by Denise Krebs

K Cups 4 Classrooms Idea

This is an interesting idea. I’m not sure people use Keurig coffee makers here in Bahrain, but I’ll find out. If your class is concerned with the environment and would like to have a lot of fun with problem solving, math, and making, try the 1000 K-Cup challenge with Mr. Cameron’s class.

K Cups 4 Classrooms from Peter Cameron on Vimeo.

More information here.

April 7, 2015
by Denise Krebs

Skyping with Iowa

Mrs. Denise's Skype Call with Pen Pals

I just got off a Skype call with our penpal class in Iowa. We had a nice conversation. It was 5:00 p.m. here in Bahrain, and 9:00 a.m. in Iowa.

If we were to Skype when my kids are in school, our Iowa friends would have to get up during the night because we go to school between 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Iowa time. (Of course, in Bahrain it’s 7:00 am to 2:00 pm when we go to school.) It’s just not very convenient for our classes to talk in live time, but we’re having fun figuring out other ways to communicate, including snail mail.

Students asked me some interesting questions I didn’t know all the answers to, but I’m finding out the answers for them! I love to learn new things!

1. Does the Gulf have sharks?

My husband was right, there are sharks here. Here’s an article about sharks in the Gulf, written in 2011. It tells us there aren’t any Great White sharks in the Gulf. (That’s good news.) But there are at least 29 different kinds of sharks here. Here’s a video of sharks off the coast of Qatar, which is not far from Bahrain.

2. How big is Bahrain?

I said Bahrain would fit into Sioux County two times, but I was wrong. I figured it out again, and it would fit in two and a half times! It would look something like this:

Sioux County Iowa compared to Bahrain


3. How old is Bahrain?

As I said, it is very old. Like biblical times old. We aren’t far from the fertile crescent. Have you studied that yet in K-1? Anyway, a lot of history started there, so we are really old. Here’s a picture of a little copper bird that was found in Bahrain around 2300 BC.

I liked seeing this sweet little copper bird that is over 4,300 years old! Amazing!

This fort is old. It has many layers of forts. The oldest layer also dates to 2300 B.C.


Well, Kindergarteners and first graders! It was great talking to you today!

May you be ingenious, innovative, and always learning and making, just like Ali did in our story!

God bless you!

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