Krebs' Class Blogs

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

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.

April 25, 2012
by Denise Krebs
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Changing and the Status Quo

Great work by my geniuses as they tackled the big idea of showing how promoters of change and promoters of the status quo make history. I wrote about the process on my teacher blog here.


Jaci and Meghan – Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.

Becca and Paul – Ku Klux Klan and Rosa Parks

Christina and Grace – Lucy Terry and Duluth Lynchings

Jason – Civil War

Krayton – Augusta M. Hunt

Vanessa – Kenneth James Weishuhn

Shiann and Paris – Japan and US at Pearl Harbor

Justin and Chandler



January 30, 2012
by Denise Krebs
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Painting Barn Quilts: Geniuses at Work

Thanks for visiting our barn quilt blog posts. Click on anyone’s name to read that person’s post about our latest project. (If you don’t know whose to read, just pick your favorite number between 1-33 and go to that blog post.) Enjoy! And we always appreciate your comments. Thanks!

  1. Andrew

  2. Becca

  3. Tyler

  4. Justin

  5. Chandler

  6. Christina

  7. Grace

  8. Jason

  9. Krayton

  10. Meghan

  11. Paris

  12. Paul

  13. Shiann

  14. Jaci

  15. Vanessa

  16. Atze

  17. Anna

  18. Brian

  19. Anna

  20. Joey

  21. Paige

  22. Deven

  23. Cesar

  24. Cooper

  25. Lauren

  26. Dustin

  27. Jared

  28. Jason

  29. Jade

  30. Kaylee

  31. Madison

  32. Thomas

  33. Lucas

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?

December 19, 2011
by Denise Krebs

7th Grade Genius Hour

Seventh graders have a three-hour block where they will participate in Genius Hour and share their creative productions. We will start after lunch and finish by dismissal time.

The rules are simple:

  1. Be a genius! That is, be creative and productive.
  2. Record your learning in a way that it can be shared digitally (video, photos, blog post, or something else)
  3. Check the rubric, for you will be asked to honestly evaluate your own work.
  4. Be ready at 2:10 p.m. to present to the class what you have created and produced.

Students, as you prepare, consider these possibilities for Genius Hour:

  1. Ask a question you care about and find the answer.
  2. Check out what’s been happening in current affairs and how can you add to the conversation.
  3. Have you been learning anything in some class that sparked an interest?
  4. Continue what you were learning for genius hour last time. Step it up a notch.
  5. Keep your ideas small enough for a two-hour time slot. (For instance, don’t think of World War II for your topic, but perhaps you want to learn about the KA-BAR knife adopted by the Marines in November 1942.)

Here are some websites that you may consider for presenting:

Good luck, everyone!

December 6, 2011
by Denise Krebs

Happy St. Nicholas Day

Today is St. Nicholas Day, the day when St. Nicholas traditionally left gifts in shoes. Yesterday in the announcements, the students were told to leave their shoes by their lockers.

I don’t think we have done this before, but the students seemed to know they didn’t want to miss out. Some of them didn’t have PE shoes here, and with the snow, they couldn’t go home barefooted. They got creative. They made cardboard shoes, they shared a pair, someone even used mittens and labeled them shoes. 🙂

This morning they weren’t disappointed, for St. Nick had arrived, and no one received coal.

Here is the poem that was left with the chocolate coins:

We remember this saint, such a holy, good man.
Be like him in charity, do all that you can.
Call him “Santa” or “Saint,” they both mean the same,
For his nickname is Claus, short for Nicholas’ name.
Giving gifts was his custom–we still do today.
Deeds done in Jesus’ name forever will stay.

Happy St. Nicholas Day to all!

November 30, 2011
by Denise Krebs
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Congratulations, Winner!

What an exciting week! My eighth grade students (and one seventh grader) took on the NaNoWriMo challenge. As of today, a few hours before midnight, 100% of them have become winners as they finished writing their first novels! What fun!

Thanks to the NaNoWriMo staff, especially those working on the Young Writers Program. You guys rock!

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