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

March 29, 2020
by Denise Krebs

Lesson 9 – Dialogue Journals

When we were in school from September through January we wrote in our Dialogue Journals every week. Students know about these special books. Students wrote for ten minutes each Writing Wednesday, and Ms. Denise answered back. Usually she would write about the same amount as they wrote. 

In Quarter 3, we weren’t able to write each week, but we will write once in a while. Ms. Denise will print out your assignment today and glue it into the Dialogue Journal, as this will be a keepsake and reminder of this chapter in our school’s history.

Today’s entry:

Type or write your dialogue journal entry, at least one page. Use Google Docs, Word Document, or paper and pencil or pen. Return to me in the E-Locker. You can write in your Dialogue Journals as often as you wish. I will answer each one you write.

I often give a prompt to follow. It is optional. If the child has something else to tell me, they are free to write about anything on their minds.

Today’s optional question: What are ten things you do on a typical day at home in March?

These are the dialogue journals from one class.

March 18, 2020
by Denise Krebs

22 March 2020 Lesson – How Well Do You Know Mrs. Denise?

Today we will see how well you know Mrs. Denise!

Click here or on the picture to watch the video.

Click to watch video on YouTube.

Here is the worksheet for today. Don’t worry about getting all the answers correct. It’s just for fun. If you complete the paper neatly, you will receive full credit.

The following is OPTIONAL. You do not have to do it!

On Tuesday, we will have a  Zoom meeting and play a live Kahoot game for anyone who can be there. You do not have to be there live, but if you want to learn more about Kahoot, you can watch this video.

The Kahoot game will be played at a Zoom meeting on:

  • Tuesday, 24 March 2020 at 11:00 a.m. sharp. (Come at 10:45 to get ready.)
  • You will need the Kahoot app on a device.
  • You will need to join the Zoom meeting to play.

I will share the video of the game later, so you can watch it.


March 12, 2020
by Denise Krebs

15 March Lesson – Turn Interview Into a Story

Today’s objective is to turn your interviews into stories.
I’ve created a long video to help with today’s lesson. Please watch as much of it as you need to succeed.

Click to see a Ms. Denise’s Sample Story
Click here to see the book in progress

People at School to Interview – Let me know if you want to sign up to interview anyone else.

March 2, 2020
by Denise Krebs

Flipgrid – Something New

Good morning, scholars,
1. Watch the video below.

2. Log in here:  The password is in the email.

3. Watch the MOLLY video and read the assignment on Flipgrid.

4. Choose two from these options:

  • Make a colorful and detailed picture about a new household invention.
  • Write a paragraph about the invention.
  • Make a Flipgrid video telling about the invention you created.
  • Or, do all three for advanced.

Keep learning your vocabulary words you got on Sunday. You should learn meaning and usage this time, not spelling. There will be a quiz next Tuesday, 10 March.

I wrote about the household chore invention I created.


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.

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.

December 7, 2014
by Denise Krebs

Nursery Rhymes

Nursery rhymes are age-old, silly, rhythmic poems. They are fun to say and a great way for your child to learn phonological awareness. Phonological awareness is your child’s ability to identify and manipulate sounds, syllables, and words, understanding how the structure of English works. Strong phonological awareness is a powerful predictor of literacy success in the future. Read more about it here at Reading Rockets.

Here are the nursery rhymes we are learning. We are just reciting them, but some children might prefer to sing them (in any tune they come up with!) I hope that your child can learn at least one that she/he enjoys and say it to the class for show and tell, whenever s/he is ready!

We would love to hear your child share his favorite, and it will give good practice in speaking (and listening, for the audience). Thank you!

Old Mother Hubbard

 Old Mother Hubbard went to her cupboard

To get her poor dog a bone;

But when she got there

The cupboard was bare,

And so the poor dog had none.

Watch “Old Mother Hubbard”

Hey Diddle Diddle

Hey, diddle diddle,

The cat and the fiddle,

The cow jumped over the moon;

The little dog laughed

to see such sport,

And the dish ran away with the spoon.

 Watch “Hey, Diddle Diddle”

Little Boy Blue

Little Boy Blue,

Come blow your horn.

The sheep’s in the meadow.

The cow’s in the corn.

Where is the boy who looks after the sheep?

He’s under a haystack, fast asleep.

Watch “Little Boy Blue”


Pat-a-Cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man,

Bake me a cake as fast as you can.

Roll it and prick it and mark it with a B,

Put it in the oven for baby and me.

Watch “Pat-a-Cake”

Hickory Dickory Dock

Hickory, dickory, dock,

The mouse ran up the clock.

The clock struck one, and down he run.

Hickory, dickory, dock.

 Watch “Hickory, Dickory Dock”

This Little Piggy Went to Market

This little piggy went to market.

This little piggy stayed home.

This little piggy had roast beef.

This little piggy had none.

And this little piggy cried, “Wee! Wee! Wee!” all the way home.

Watch a silly version of “This Little Piggy”

Little Miss Muffet

Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet,

Eating her curds and whey.

Along came a spider and sat down beside her

And frightened Miss Muffet away.

Watch “Little Miss Muffet”

Peas Porridge Hot

Pease porridge hot.

Pease porridge cold.

Pease porridge in the pot

Nine days old.

Some like it hot.

Some like it cold.

Some like it in the pot

Nine days old.

Watch “Pease Porridge Hot”

Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.

All the King’s horses and all the King’s men

Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

Watch “Humpty Dumpty”

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Twinkle, twinkle little star,

How I wonder what you are.

Up above the world so high,

Like a diamond in the sky.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,

How I wonder what you are.

Watch “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”

Little Robin Redbreast

Little Robin Redbreast sat upon a tree.

Up went  Pussy Cat, and down went he.

Down came Pussy Cat, away Robin ran;

Says little Robin Redbreast, “Catch me if you can.”

Watch “Little Robin Redbreast”

Jack Be Nimble

Jack be nimble.

Jack be quick.

Jack jump over

The candlestick.

Watch “Jack Be Nimble”





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