Krebs' Class Blogs

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

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”





January 2, 2012
by Denise Krebs

Blogging Ideas

A Week's Worth of Blogging

A week of blogging…

Monday Mashup

Using a photo from a friend or a photo with the right CC license, make a mashup using a cool editing program. Then publish it on your blog. Don’t forget to share with the original owner what you did and properly attribute the photo to the original owner too. Licenses to look for:

Tuesday Listicle

A listicle is a portmandeau (two words combined to make a new word) from “list article.” Listicles are written all over the blogosphere, magazines and newspapers. “Ten Random Things About Me” is an idea for a listicle, for instance. (Or “Ten Things I Wish I Never Would Have Lost” or “Ten New Year’s Resolutions I Could Never Keep”) What ideas do you have for Listicles?

Wordless Wednesday

Get out your camera or use a photo you have already taken. Choose a picture that tells a story. Post it, letting it speak for itself.

Off-the-Cuff Thursday

What’s on your mind today? Write a blog post about what interests you today.

Freelance Friday

Publish something you love that you have already written — a poem, a short story, a novel excerpt, or a book review. Be sure it is in excellent shape — check conventions.

Serendipitous Saturday and Sunday

Use the weekend to do any of the above that you want more of!

What other ideas do you and your classmates have for blogging?

November 11, 2011
by Denise Krebs

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!

March 27, 2011
by Denise Krebs

Week 4 Blog Work

My 30: Simplify

This week’s blogging challenge is about curating or organizing our online information. I thought this picture was funny because it shows how disorganized we can be with hardware. Our digital world can be disorganized too. Today we will take some steps to be more organized in your blogging world.

Congratulations to Matthew, Ashley, Brittany, Melissa, Allison, and Crystal for being featured on the “Visit These” page.

Including the ones above, here are some other bloggers who are doing some great things: Jaci, Morgan, Krayton, Molly, Leah, Abby.

Work for Everyone

  1. Most importantly, add links to your posts back to the blogging challenge pages for Weeks 1 through 3. Check here for instructions on how to insert links into a post, or ask a friend.
  2. This week’s Challenge 4 is posted.  Do your best and share your genius! Do some of the following activities:
    1. Create blogroll categories.
    2. Link classmates and far away friends on blogroll. Add the Krebs’ Class Blogs as a link on your blogroll too.
    3. Spring cleaning your Post Categories.
    4. Write a post about tags and categories.
    5. Writing about your community.
    6. Write about another country and add questions you may have.
    7. Add a poll to your blog.
  3. Finally, catch up on any past weeks or add any other interesting blog posts.  Here is Teegan’s blog. She is really contributing by writing interesting posts on many different topics. Like Teegan, I hope you will continue to write multiple blog posts on any subject. You don’t have to just write about the blogging challenge topics.

Photo by Qfamily shared through CC Attribution 2.0 Generic License.

March 25, 2011
by Denise Krebs

The Raven

Seventh graders have been reading and studying ballads. We are now reading “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe. This post is a homework assignment for them. Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."

Here is a new video to follow along with as you read “The Raven” for homework this weekend. (Sorry, I couldn’t find a good copy of The Simpson’s version, but I’ll bring it and we’ll watch it on Monday.)

In case you forgot your book, here is the text of “The Raven” poem, so you can follow along as you watch the video.

March 19, 2011
by Denise Krebs

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.


  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.


  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.


  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.
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