Krebs' Class Blogs

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

January 2, 2012
by Denise Krebs
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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
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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!

March 27, 2011
by Denise Krebs
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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
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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
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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 15, 2011
by Denise Krebs
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Shape Poem – What do you envision?

Our next poetry assignment is to create a shape or picture poem. You can use paper, magazines, construction paper or any materials really. It can be any size. Please be creative and inspired!

You can also create it digitally. Here are two digital examples. For a digital version, you can use Glogster, Word, Draw, or whatever program fits your idea. We will need to get a screen shot of it for publication.

I wrote one as I was dreaming about spring last evening…

Spring Dream

See Gaby’s World Blog for another shape poem on love.

February 28, 2011
by Denise Krebs
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Leave Your Blog URL When Visiting Others


Here are step-by-step instructions for leaving your URL in a comment.

  1. First, open a new post and call it “playground”. This is one you will not post, but it will remain in draft form, a place to practice.
  2. Open a new post called "Playground"

    After working on your playground post, always push "SAVE DRAFT" not "PUBLISH"

    After working on your playground post, always push "SAVE DRAFT" not "PUBLISH"

  3. On your practice page, write a message about your blog in Visual view. Something like: My blog or Please visit my blog.                 Highlight the words you want to hyperlink
  4. Next, copy your URL from your blog.          Copy your URL from your blog
  5. Highlight a word or words you want to link to your blog.  Highlight the words you want to hyperlink
  6. Then click on the link button and add your URL.               Add your blog's link
  7. Finally, move to HTML view and copy the code.              Switch to HTML and capture the code.
  8. Paste it into the comment box along with your well-written, thoughtful comment.

Post the HTML code into your comment.

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