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

November 11, 2011
by Denise Krebs
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Doing the Stuff

Imagination. I love the new commercial for Canon on creativity, imagination, and contributing. You can view it here. Here’s another inspiring one from Apple–Think Different.

On November 23, we are going to have a “genius hour”–a time for you to imagine and do whatever you want!

Gary Stager shared ten things you can do on a laptop.

  1. Write a Novel
  2. Share Your Knowledge
  3. Answer Tough Questions
  4. Make Sense of Data
  5. Design a Video Game
  6. Build a Killer Robot
  7. Lose Weight
  8. Direct a Blockbuster
  9. Compose a Symphony
  10. Change the World
  11. (Bonus) Be a Scientist, a Mathematician, an Engineer, a Luthier, etc., etc., etc.

What can you do in your own block of time?

Here are some more questions to ask yourself:

  1. What new idea do you want to develop?
  2. What have you been wanting to try?
  3. What skill can you master?
  4. What tool can you learn that will help you work better?
  5. What tool could help you create something beautiful?
  6. What tool could help you communicate better?

More Genius Questions from Angela Maiers

  1. How can we make it better?
  2. How can we make each other better?
  3. How do we know this to be so?
  4. Is this what is needed most?
  5. What is it we hope to accomplish and what’s stopping us?
  6. What are we most proud of?
  7. What is possible?
  8. When can we start?
  9. How will we prevent failure?
  10. How can we make this happen?
  11. Who can make this happen?
  12. What do we regret most?
  13. How can we make the best use of…?
  14. What if we…?

Here is a list of cool tools for school by categories. You can try something here. You can try something that is not on the computer too. It’s up to you.

What will you do for genius hour?

If you still don’t have an idea, here are some possible inspirations…

Serial Story

Public Service Announcement

Create a guessing game, puzzle or creative writing prompt…

This list will continue to grow. For now, I just want you to think about possibilities!

September 15, 2011
by Shiann
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Contributors

Play Nice

We went from copying pictures from Google to learning how to properly post pictures on our blogs. We learned to use the Clipart our school subscribes to. We learned about the Creative Commons licenses on Flickr and how to properly link the picture back to Flickr. We learned how to give proper credit to the people that took the pictures and how to link them back to them. But that’s not enough.

We have used other people’s pictures, but now other people are going to be using our pictures. We are transforming from users to contributors. We will be taking pictures and loading them onto Flickr so that the whole world can see our wonderful pictures and use them for their own uses.

In class we thought of some words to describe the two categories of takers and contributors.

Takers—————————————————————-Contributers

stealing………………………………………………………………………………..giving

copying………………………………………………………………………………..sharing

lazy…………………………………………………………………………………linking back

unaware……………………………………………………………………………..donating

consumer…………………………………………………………………………..producer

irresponsible digital citizen……………………………………..good digital citizen

no permission…………………………………………………….properly cites CC pics

And these are just some of them.

On a scale from 1 to 10 in the world of takers and contributors we are probably a 4, but we are working to one day be a 10.

Our class has a new Flickr account to share our photos. Check it out. We have photos to share.

Posted by Shiann

Contribute

 

April 14, 2011
by Denise Krebs
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We, the People: Preamble to the Constitution

The Constitution of the United States of America.

The Supreme Law of the Land.

Eighth graders have been studying the history of this important document and memorizing the preamble.

In the words of the Constitution: “We, the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

One project the students did was to restate the preamble in their own words, which helped our understanding as we memorized it. Here are the works of their minds and hands for your enjoyment and enlightenment.

Most students chose to work with paper.

Melissa's PreambleMany papers were yellowed and scorched, looking aged and authentic. I scanned these and shared them at here.

Thanks to Mr. Rickett and his 4th Quarter Wish List, I tried Min.us to share the files. It is an easy and useful app to try.

Here is Crystal’s Glogster.

Ashley prepared a Google Presentation with her rewrite of the Preamble.

And finally, I’ve included my favorite video about the Preamble to the Constitution. I love when Barney Fife tries to  remember the Preamble he memorized in high school.

More Preamble Videos.

Thanks for visiting and viewing our class blog! My students enjoy contributing their work to the world, and we love to receive comments too. Thank you!

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 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 1, 2011
by Denise Krebs
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Best Student Blogs of 2010

What do you think? Do you want to take a risk? Do you want to have a great blog? Do you want to have the best student blog of 2011?

Aspiring Busker

If you do, we can take the baby steps needed to make that a possibility! It just takes a commitment to sharing your genius with the world–creating, contributing, connecting, collaborating, and curating.

Think about it, and talk to me if you want to be in the list of the best student blogs.

Visit the Best Student Blogs from last year.

See Aspiring Busker on Flickr.

February 21, 2011
by Denise Krebs
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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 Read.gov. 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!

January 27, 2011
by Denise Krebs
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We Can Visit the World

Hi, Geniuses! You are on a journey to share your brilliance. Here are some active classroom blogs. Please spend some time thoughtfully visiting, reading, and responding to what these students are saying. Have fun and make connections!

Here are some sites to help students connect and learn about the world:

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