Krebs' Class Blogs

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

March 8, 2017
by Denise Krebs

Deep Dream Generator

Since our class has been writing so many posts about dreams and imagination, I thought I would introduce everyone to the Deep Dream Generator. Have you seen it?

You take your own picture and turn it into a dream.

Here is a version of our school in a dream. Have you ever had a dream like this?

Deep Dream at ARS – Click on the image to see another dream of Al Raja School.

October 27, 2014
by Denise Krebs

International Dot Day

International Dot Day was on September 15.

Of course, we read The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. Some students painted, others made sticker dot art, and others chose to make art on the interactive white board.





Here are some of our whiteboard creations.

It was a lovely day to make a mark and see where it took us, a day to celebrate creativity.

March 5, 2013
by Denise Krebs

Free Verse Poems

Seventh graders found a picture in a magazine that told a story for them. They told their stories in free verse poetry. We tried to use descriptive language, emotion, similes and metaphors.

I was proud of the beautiful word images they created, inspired by these photos. Click on a picture to read the poem.

March 1, 2013
by Denise Krebs

February Genius Hour Projects

We’ve been taking two periods a week, about 85 minutes, to learn what we are passionate about. Students reports on their latest learnings are here.

February 8, 2013
by Denise Krebs

The Evolution of a Series

How long does it take for something to become a series? Three tweets?


Here are three tweets that we think have started a series. We have been seeing some amazing and inspiring videos of creative genius, so we thought a series might be in order.

Check out the first in the series. Have you seen these? All we can say is WOW!

Do you have any WOW videos you’d like us to share?

Just add it to the comments. Or tweet it, mentioning @KrebsClass so we’ll see it. We’ll pass it on and tell everyone we learned about it from you. Thanks!

January 17, 2013
by Denise Krebs

Genius Hour Challenge

Try something new with someone new (or work solo).

Master – Practice some skill. It takes 10,000 hours to get to mastery.

Create – Use your imagination to create something.

Learn – Gain knowledge about something that interests you.

Innovate – Solve a problem. Create a solution.

Produce – Make something.

Serve – Do any of the above for someone else!

May 18, 2012
by Denise Krebs

Research Workshop Products

The last two weeks of school, history students were given time to research a topic they wanted to learn. Students were engaged and actively learning about a subject they cared about. Then they created a product to show their learning. Here are a few of their products…

An animap by Jason and Andrew of Sherman’s March to the Sea, Part 1.

Click to see the Animap on the webpage.

Sherman’s March Animap, Part 2.

Vanessa made a simulation board game to show some of the hardships slaves faced when trying to escape.

Another good product was a Fakebook page, which was an excellent way to show learning. Fakebook can be found at Click here to see Shiann’s fictionalized Brett family fakebook page.

Click to visit the Brett Family Fakebook page.

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