Krebs' Class Blogs

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

June 1, 2017
by raspberry

my Ramadan night routine

First, I eat Iftar and after Iftar I stay in my grandpa house for 3 to 4 hours. After that I go home and eat more because I will fast the next day, so I will eat everything in front of me, like everything (only falafel because it’s my worst food). If the next day is holiday, I will stay until morning, but if the next day is school day, I will stay until 10 to 11 or also until 12, and watch YouTube or text my cousins because they stay all night too or watch the T.V.  Then I do all this again and again, and this is my Ramadan night routine.

May 31, 2017
by Denise Krebs

What is Genius Hour?

We are participating in Genius Hour to end our school year. Students will have time to work on a project of their choice. The students are expected to be productive and creative during this time.  

The schedule for genius hour during English class is below:

  • Sunday, 4 June
  • Monday, 5 June
  • Wednesday, 7 June
  • Sunday, 11 June
  • Monday, 12 June
  • Presentations will be the last week of school from 13-15 June.



  1. decide if they want to work by themselves or with one or two others.
  2. formulate a question to answer during Genius Hour.
  3. plan, research and think critically about a topic or their choice
  4. produce something to share with our class and possibly the world

What is it that you love and want to learn more about? 

Just some of our many passions! #geniushour

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How can we share what we learn with others?

Ideas for genius hour presentations are endless! #geniushour

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May 28, 2017
by Denise Krebs

Summer Resources

Have fun this summer, but don’t forget English!

Our main objective in the English department is TO ACQUIRE ENGLISH–that is to learn to use English in listening, speaking, reading and writing in order to communicate.

You can continue to grown  in acquiring English over the summer.

  • As you travel, you will find English to be a handy language to help you get around in many different countries around the world.
  • If you have a person in your life whose first language (or the only common language with you) is English (like a nanny, housekeeper, tutor, friend), you have a great chance to practice and grow in acquiring English. You can also get to know another human being!
  • Make a goal to add to your vocabulary this summer. Here are some suggestions from an article on Medium called: “How to Expand Your Vocabulary
  1. Look up new words you encounter. Use a dictionary or Google to define it in English.
  2. When you don’t know an English word that one of your friends, family or teachers use, ask them what the new word means.
  3. Read a lot! – The best way to acquire English at a higher level is to READ. Check out 11 Free Reading Websites for Kids)
  4. Get a Kindle to read books. The dictionary is built-in, so you can click on words you don’t know to see the definitions.

In my experience as a teacher of English language learners, the students who do these four things acquire more and more English vocabulary–a key to unlocking the language.

Check out the vocabulary article for 6 more ideas.

More Ideas and Resources

  1. Summer Learning Loss – What you should know

  1. Teach Your Monster to Read
  2. Genius Hour – Encourage your child to continue their Genius Hour project over the summer. Or start a new Genius Hour project!
  3. Continue blogging – I will keep checking and publishing blog posts your child wants to write. If they have their own blog, of course, they are free to publish on their own.
  4. Free Rice vocabulary builder – Practice English synonyms, as well as donate food to the hungry.
  5. Computer Coding – Computer coding is a fun way to practice a brand new language and a bit of English too.
    1. Hour of Code
  6. Do worksheets in your English practice book. Bring 20 or more finished pages (90-100%) to me in September for a prize! NOTE: If you choose to do the Spelling pages only, remember that is a spelling test page. You need to learn the spelling and meaning of these words. (You can show me how well you learned them in September!)
  7. If you need help with high frequency words, here are some spelling words for the summer with practice worksheets.
  8. Here are some stories to help you build reading fluency. Be sure to think about the story–predict, question, clarify and summarize while you read.  Leveled stories:
    1. EFGHI
    2. KLMNO
  9. Write another novel! Did you know the NaNoWriMo site is improving every day. You can actually write a novel on it now all year long! How about if you do a sequel to the novel you wrote last November? Check it out at You’ll need to log in or create an account to use it.

May 25, 2017
by Hamoodi4Muhammad

The Goodbye Letter To My Pen Pal, Miah

Dear Miah,

I liked being pen pals with you too!!! By the way, I think you mentioned your favorite color as pink before.

Mrs. Denise said that your last day of school was this Friday. I know that you have Saturday and Sunday as your weekend. But we have a weekend 1 day earlier, Fridays and Saturdays. My mom says that Friday is the “Family” day to us.

The colored picture you sent was beautiful! But the question I was hoping to ask was, “What does that pic represent? A 3-D shape or a (Big thing near small things far) pic?”

Hope you have a nice summer vacation because ours start at June 16!!!


Muhammad Safwan

May 25, 2017
by khadija24a15

To my pen pal, Lorraine

Dear Lorraine,

Hope you are doing well. I know that Friday is the last day for school for you. but we, in June. Wish you have a good, happy, joyful holiday.

Go ahead and follow my Instagram account and chat with me. Here is my Instagram account ( khadija.altaweel266 )

Have a nice holiday and never forget your pen pal ( Khadija ). Me too; I’ll never forget my pen pal ( Lorraine )

Love, your pen pal,


May 24, 2017
by Mohammed_

Ramadan Kareem

Ramadan is coming after 3 days. If you are wondering what is Ramadan, Ramadan is a happy Arabic month. You fast from dawn to evening without eating to feel how poor people feel all day.

I hope you learn about Ramadan.


May 24, 2017
by Denise Krebs

Goodbye, Pen Pals

Hello, Mrs. Wieland’s class,

We enjoyed being pen pals with you! Thanks for all the great letters and coloring pages. We like them. We also liked the AirHeads candy. Thank you so much.

Here are a few final letters for you.


Mrs. Denise’s Class

From Ayman to Kyler

From Naeema

From Rayyan

From Fatima H.

From Fatima M.

From Nawaf

From Mohd H.

From Ali Y.

From Salman

From Mohd M. 

From Khadija

From Muhd S.


May 24, 2017
by b15mohd24

Dear Colton,

Dear Colton,

Hello! I also had a great time sending pen pal letters to you. Do you play Clash Royale?

Do you have a fidget spinner? You are a great drawer.



May 24, 2017
by salamander

To my pen pal: Tanner

Dear Tanner,

Thank you. Me too — I’m happy that you are my pen pal. I sent you a Bahrain coin but the letter got lost so I’m sorry. The Arab funny youtuber is spooki and I just got his glasses yesterday at 9:50 PM. He and Dan tdm are my favorite youtubers. They are the best and the funniest.

See you soon and have fun in your summer holiday. We also have 22 days before summer. We will fast in Ramadan. So, take care and have fun.

Love your friend Salman,



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