Krebs' Class Blogs

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

June 17, 2019
by Denise Krebs

Can You Break Out?

First of all, you need to solve the puzzles on this page. You will find a three-digit combination.

  • Number 1. How many similes are in this paragraph?_____

The whole class is writing blog posts today! Some of the kids thought of good topics, and they are as busy as bees writing their posts. Do you think anyone will continue writing on the blog this summer? You know this summer it will get as hot as an oven outside, so it might be good to stay inside and do some writing on the blog. Ms. Denise looks forward to seeing your amazing posts. Please “Submit for Review” and you will be writing like a journalist.

  • Number 2. There are 7 boys on a football team. Each boy has a different position, jersey number, and height. Get each person’s jersey number. Add the seven jersey numbers (#) together and divide by 17. Round the answer to the nearest whole number. _____

1. Justin is the goalie
2. The right forward is #10
3. The goalie is 6′ 4”
4. Joe is 6′ 1”
5. Ryan is right forward
6. The person next to Ryan is #14
7. The person who is 6′ 4” is #16
8. #10 is 5′ 8”
9. The left forward is #15
10. Brad is right defense
11. Brendan is #20
12. Michael is 7′ 1”
13. Miguel is #6
14. Michael is left forward
15. #42 is right defense
16. Brad is 6′ 2”
17. #6 is center defense
18. #15 is 7′ 1”
19. #20 is 6′ 7”
20. Miguel is 5′ 10”
21. #14 is 6′ 1”
22. The person who is 6′ 7” is left defense
23. Joe is center forward

(Contributed by Michael B and Brendan D, Grade 5, Edgar Allan Poe School)

  • Number 3. Count the syllables in the following words. Which number of syllables is most common?____
  1. blog
  2. friendship
  3. alligator
  4. different
  5. avocado
  6. summer
  7. motorcycle
  8. potato
  9. cat
  10. helicopter

Now you have three numbers. Can you make a combination to open the small box?

(HINT: Put the numbers in alphabetical order.)

June 4, 2019
by Denise Krebs


Brush Ninja

Make an animation with

Click on EXPORT.

Click on Animation GIF, and EXPORT again.


Make a new blog post.

Click on Add Media>Upload Files>Select Files.

Add animation.

Insert in post.

Submit for Review.


June 2, 2019
by Denise Krebs

Nonfiction Project

You can decide which project to do, the BIOGRAPHY or LEARNING/TEACHING. Click on the title to see the rubric.

Biography Project

  1. Choose a person you can learn about. Find a lot of choices here on Ducksters Biographies for Kids. Here are some Islamic scholars and scientists on Ducksters.
  2. Learn about your special person. Notice at the bottom of each article on Ducksters there is a quiz and an audio recording that you can listen and follow along. 
  3. Write a short piece about your character using first-person perspective. (That means you pretend to be that person, saying “I did this and that.”) Complete these sentence starters:
    • I was born…
    • I work as…
    • My family is…
    • Something I enjoy is…
    • I am proud of…
    • At the end of my life I…
  4. Have your sentences proofread for spelling and grammar.
  5. Write the sentences (or notes to help you remember) on 3×5 cards.
  6. Practice reading the cards until you don’t have to read them so much.
  7. Sign up for a time to present.
  8. Dress up like the person and present to the class.

Learning / Teaching Project

  1. Choose a topic you can learn about. Find a lot of choices here about History, Geography, and Science.
  2. Learn something new about your topic. Notice the links at the bottom to help you read with understanding. 
  3. Complete a graphic organizer with the main idea and supporting details.
  4. Write a short piece about your topic where you are teaching your audience about the topic.
    • Ask a question for an introduction.
    • State the main idea in a sentence.
    • Add three supporting details in 3-6 sentences.
    • End with a concluding sentence.
  5. Have your sentences proofread for organization, spelling, and grammar.
  6. Write the sentences (or notes to help you remember) on 3×5 cards.
  7. Make an animation to illustrate something you will teach us.
  8. Practice reading the cards until you don’t have to read them too much.
  9. Sign up for a time and present to the class.

April 17, 2019
by Denise Krebs

Grade 5 Has Started Blogging

Grade 5 has begun to blog. This class blog is a place to share their writing and learning. We hope you follow along and see the great work they are doing. Here are the first round of posts. Click on the links to see the individual posts.

Comments are always welcome!

If your child wants to blog from home, they can! Just log in at (Their login information is on page 88 of the Handbook.)

5A Posts

Ali M – Green Poem, AC/DC Pickaxe, My Life, and Novel Excerpt

Ali O – Black Poem, My Seashell, Gingerbread Woman, My One Little Word, My Novel

Ayah – What is Blue? Poem

Dana K. – Gold Poem

Eman – What is Purple?

Hasan – Novel Excerpt, Creative, and Yellow Poem

Isa – Fortnite and Color Poem

Jenna – What is Gold?

Jana – White Poem, My Fav Part of Novel,  and One Word for 2019

Mohamed B. – Novel Excerpt and Green Color Poem

Mohamed J. – Yellow Poem

S. Ahmed – Blue Poem

Wissam – Black Poem, Novel Excerpt, Cat Poem, Pool and Rice poems, Ten Color Similes, and Dolphins

Yousif Ahmed – Novel Excerpt , Create, Color Poem, Bendy, My Novel, and My Big and Nice Shell

Yusuf – My Fav Chapter of my Novel

5B Posts

Ali K. – What is Red?

Alya – Blue Color Poem

Aser – Blue Poem

Fatima F – What is Yellow?

Fatima Hu. – What is White?

Elias – Orange Poem

Jumana – Purple Poem

Mariam Ha. – Pink Poem

Mariam Hu. – Black Poem

Mohd Haytham – What is Black? Poem

Mohd AK – Green Poem

Mohamed R. – Color Poem

Muneera – What is Black? Poem

Nasser AR – White Poem

Nasser H – Red Poem

Nooran – Pink Poem

Sara – Color Poem

Yara – Purple Poem

Zahraa – Red Poem

Image by William Iven from Pixabay

April 2, 2019
by Denise Krebs

What is Red? A Color Poem by Mrs. Denise

Red is rich and warm.

Red is the smell of Gettings Gardens strawberries in June, ripe for picking.  

Red is the sight of a brilliant sunset and peaceful lazing at the seashore after dusk.              

Red is the taste of cinnamon lollipops and ice cold water on a hot summer day.  

Red is the sound of clanging cymbals and beating drums of the children’s music class.

Red is the touch of fire, my finger passing through the flame quickly, safely.

The age of red is ancient, bubbling up from prehistoric lava beds.   

Red moves like a spinning, fiery whirlwind on the desert.

Red is rich and warm.

Image by engin akyurt from Pixabay

January 6, 2019
by Denise Krebs

Narrative Storytelling

We have begun a unit on narrative storytelling. One of our anchor statements is:

Students will be able to write narrative stories, both real and imaginary, using sequence of events, and developing setting, characters and motives, conflict, and resolution.

We started out today writing three sentence stories and trying to keep it a narrative with a beginning, middle, and end. Of course, we will add more details later, if we choose to. For now, though, I thought some of these #3sentencestory selections from #arsbh were stunning.

May 16, 2018
by Denise Krebs
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English Project for Quarter 4

Our English project is underway.

We are learning about what makes some piece of writing a folktale, or a different kind of traditional literature–such as myths, fables, fairy tales, legends, tall tales, and more.

Each student will become an expert on one tale. Students will identify motifs and the theme. They will summarize and retell orally. Then they will write their own version. Finally, they will prepare a final version and present it to a class of younger children.

Work on the project must be done at school, but students are free to work at home as they read and view many versions of their tale.

See the rubric here.

The Tortoise and the Hare

“The Tortoise and the Hare” is one example of traditional literature.

April 12, 2018
by Denise Krebs

Poetry Unit

April is poetry month. We are writing poems that touch our own and others’ hearts. Grade 5 is filled with poets.

One of the things we will do is recite a poem (or part of a poem from memory)–at least 6 lines to meet the standard. Here are the poems that some of the students have chosen. If they didn’t write a copy, you can print it from the Google Drive folder.

Be sure to check out the Poet Tree next Thursday at Student Led Conferences.

The Poetry Mini Project rubric is here:


March 23, 2018
by Denise Krebs

Giant Checker Set

For Group Work, one group made a really big checker set. (Later we’ll add chess set pieces.) I’m so proud of them and their hard work! Thanks to Jack, Shaima, Mariam, Dana, Ahmed, Rashed, Yasmeen, Nathanael, Sarah, Yamen, Sam, and Ali for their creative and productive work making these beautiful checkers out of cardboard cartons.

First we made the checker set out of cardboard.

On Thursday, some of the members of our group were able to stay after school to paint the checkerboard.  Thanks to all those who were able to stay for a short or long time–Jack, Shaima, Mariam, Dana, Ahmed, Rashed, Yasmeen, and Nathanael.

First we cleaned the tiles.

Then we taped and papered the checkerboard pattern.

Then we painted. Each one took a row.

Last painters standing.

After pulling the paper up. Magical!

After the holiday, we’ll be able to play the game during recess and share it with the rest of the children to play.

February 28, 2018
by Denise Krebs

Persuade, Inform or Entertain


If you are brave, come and join our club where we fight alligators. A20


The crocodile is very dangerous. A23


There was a man, and he wanted to catch a fish. A crocodile came and wanted to eat the man, but the man kicked the crocodile. A22

Rico zoomed across the Amazon River. The crocodile was gaining speed. It wanted to eat Rico for lunch. Rico didn’t know what to do. He didn’t want to get eaten. He revved the engine… A9


Come and buy our car. It could drive withour steering. Come and get it. It costs just 10,000 dollars; it is a big offer. A21

Hello, everybody, today we have a car. It’s named the Lazy Car. If you are lazy, buy this car. It will drive alone. All you have to do is press the MAP. A10

If you want to buy this car, go to and buy it for free. Tell the car where you want to go and it will drive itself. Thank you! A5

Come on down to Car Town where we have the Air-o-Car. It makes traveling around easy, and has a bag holder that takes off to heaven (just kidding). It will take you to paradise, and by that I mean vacation. A8


This looks like a wind-powered car. There is a wind turbine in the back that has been added on. It drives on just three wheels.


There was an old man who saw that everyone had a car. The old man was very upset. One day he decided that he would create his own car. He thought to himself: I was a great mechanic when I was young. A18

There was a man who had a nice car. He saw a trash bin beside the street. When he got home, he found that the trash bin he saw was stuck on the back of his car. A20

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