Krebs' Class Blogs

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

March 25, 2020
by Denise Krebs

Additional Questions for Mrs. Denise

  1. What are some fun facts about you? Here are 43 fun and not-so-fun facts about me. It might be more than you want to know, so please feel free to skim and scan!
  2. When will you stop teaching at Al Raja School?  I’m not sure, but sadly I won’t be here too many more years. We are getting near retirement age, so my husband and I will go back to the U.S. sometime in the next couple of years.
  3. Do you want to go back to your country? Eventually I will want to go back to my country, but for now I am so happy to be able to be used here to teach my students.
  4. If you didn’t choose being an English teacher what would you be? Oh, the world is open. I may have become a software engineer or a cartographer, an artist or journalist, an author or an athlete. I think I would love any of those other careers.
  5. When were you born? I was born in 1958.
  6. What is your favorite number? 5
  7. What is your favorite animal? A puffin
  8. What is your favorite country? My own country and Bahrain
  9. What are your favorite places to travel? I love to go any place where I can visit friends and family.
  10. What country would you like to travel to? India because I have met a lot of friends from there and I would like to visit their home.
  11. What is your favorite food? Usually I say pizza, but really I like so many foods. If I chose a category it would be FRUIT.
  12. What is your favorite fruit? This is really difficult to choose just one favorite. I have never tasted a fruit I didn’t like. Some of my favorites are strawberries and mangoes.
  13. What is your favorite junk food? Potato chips and candy.
  14. What is your favorite team? The L.A. Dodgers (I don’t know why, except they were my team when I was a girl. I guess I don’t really have a team any longer.)
  15. What is your dream? My dream is to see the world a healthier, better, safer, and kinder place by the time I have grandchildren.
  16. What is your favorite movie/film? I don’t have one. I usually just like to watch movies once. I enjoy them and wait for the next good one.
  17. Do you want us to come back to school? YES, absolutely!
  18. How are you spending your time on this vacation? Reading and writing a lot! Answering emails, reading assignments, marking, helping students understand how to do things. But I don’t do that all the time. I am also cooking more and reading books. I cleaned up our classroom, so it’s ready for you to come back when we can.
  19. What is your hobby? My hobbies are baking, cooking, and reading.
  20. Do you prefer online teaching or real teaching? Oh, definitely REAL teaching!
  21. What is your favorite sport game? Softball is my favorite game. I played and coached for most of my life.
  22. What is your birthday? 5 August
  23. When did you come to Bahrain? When did you start at ARS? I came at the end of 2013 and I started working at ARS in January 2014.
  24. Do you like drawing? Yes, I do like drawing. I’m not very educated in art, but I like to play around and make things look nice with colors, lines, and shapes.
  25. What were your hobbies as a child? Great question! I liked to read, ride my bike, play softball, play house with my friends, and do all kinds of activities and games. I was very active.
  26. Why did you become a teacher? I loved school when I was growing up, so when I was young I wanted to become a teacher. When I went to the university, though, I changed my mind and wanted to be a map maker. But one year I took a job as a KG teacher in summer school. I had so much fun I went back to school to become a teacher.
  27. Where did you study in the university? At California State University in Long Beach.
  28. What were your scores in English class? That’s one I can’t answer. I was a good student and I think my marks were pretty good too. In reality, when you get finished with school, grades don’t matter any longer. What matters is how you treat people and how well you apply what you’ve learned to solve problems and make the world a better place.
  29. What was the best gift you got from your parents when you were a kid? Great question. I think my most memorable gift was a purple Schwinn Stingray bike with a basket in front. I think I was 8 years old.
  30. What is your favorite music? I like songs from the time I was in school (1970s rock and roll). I also like worship songs and children’s fun songs.
  31. What are your siblings names? Rick, Lynne, Chris, Judi, Lori and Keith.
  32. Are your siblings grandparents? Yes, four of them are grandparents.
  33. When did your siblings graduate? Twins in 1961, 1965, 1967, 1973, 1979.
  34. What kind of stories do you read? All kinds. I especially like children’s and young adult literature. I like to read nonfiction about things I want to learn, too.
  35. What kind of stories do you write? I write blog posts, poems, personal experience narratives, and fiction.
  36. What do you do during free time? I like to write, read, cook dinners, bake cookies and breads, and learn new things.
  37. What were your favorite subjects in school? Geography and sports
  38. What is your favorite book? I love The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White.
  39. Where were you born? Where are you from? I was born and raised in California.
  40. Do you live in a big house or a small house? It’s a nice size flat, perfect for my husband and me. It gives me room for everything I need. I’ve included a picture of my home.

    Can you see my table desk over there? That’s where I do my school work.

  41. Where is your house? Manama
  42. Are you a computer genius? Far from it. I love using technology to enhance our learning. I am pretty good at it, but I have questions and learn something new every day.
  43. How did you become smart in English? I am a native speaker. Can you imagine only speaking and learning one language? That is a crazy thought for you, you who know two or three or more languages. It is easier to get good in one language, but easy is not better! I wish I would have learned more languages.
  44. What is your favorite game? I love to play games that get people talking and laughing together. Apples to Apples is a fun group game. I also like to play card games like Nerts, but I am always willing to play any game that my friends and family want to play.

If you got this far and you didn’t see the question you asked, I apologize. Let me know, and I will add it right away!

March 25, 2020
by Nader

The Haunted House

One time there was a typewriter and one day he decided to make a story. He went to a haunted house. When he entered, he discovered that a family lived in the house in 1995. They died in the house a long time back. Because of ghosts, nobody entered this house ever again until now.

When he heard something in the basement, he heard some other creepy voices. Suddenly the door closed behind him.

He found a secret room, and he saw a blue light. This was the family that had been killed that night. Suddenly ghosts appeared and he ran and hid somewhere.

He thought of an idea to get rid of the ghosts, and he remembered the family. So he quickly took a sword and ran to the basement and broke the ball of glass and killed all of the ghosts.

The family thanked him and went free to heaven and  he wrote this as his story!!!!!! (And the typewriter was me, I guess!!!)

The End

March 22, 2020
by Denise Krebs

Pearls of Wisdom

Our Pearls of Wisdom ceremony had to happen virtually this time.  I’m so proud of the hard work you have done over Quarter 2, and in the first few weeks of our Virtual Learning Initiative. In fact,  everyone received the VIRTUAL LEARNING INITIATIVE pearl this quarter. (I just forgot to put it on 5B’s video.)

Below you can scroll through the slide shows, which include the awards for February’s Reading Marathon.

Click on the links for the videos I made for each class.

Pearls for 5A (Click here for 5A’s video)

Pearls for 5B (Click here for 5B’s video)

March 21, 2020
by Denise Krebs

24 March – Zoom Meeting for Kahoot Game

The Kahoot game is over, but you can watch the video to see the answers.

OPTIONAL LIVE MEETING! If you can’t come, later you can watch the video.

Here is the invitation to the Zoom meeting to play Kahoot on Tuesday, 24 March.

Topic: How Well Do You Know Ms. Denise? Kahoot Game

Be early: 10:45 a.m.

Kahoot Game starts: 11:00 a.m.

Click to Join Zoom Meeting

Or type in the URL, if you need to:

March 20, 2020
by Denise Krebs

Free Resources to Use at Home

During this difficult time, many resources are being shared to use for free. I will put some of the best here after reviewing them. Please leave a comment if you find something else excellent. Thank you.


  • Audible Stories – Stories to listen to; the site will be free while schools are out of session.


  • eSebco Library – Username: keepreading   |  Password: sebco  |  Student ID#: 1  |  For Pre K-Adult, where the whole family can read and enjoy free books.


  • PebbleGo – Username: engaged   |   Password: learning

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 3, 2020
by Denise Krebs

Vocabulary Word Puzzles

Click for the Crossword Puzzle Answer KEY
You can check your own work so do NOT return it to the teacher.

Click to learn words.


Click to play the Quizlet Match Game

Click to play Gravity

Jigsaw Puzzle

Click here to go to a jigsaw puzzle of Mohammed S.’s vocabulary hunt pictures. It works on the Firefox browser, not on Chrome.  Notice you can choose how many pieces your puzzle will have.

You can make your own puzzle at

February 27, 2020
by Denise Krebs

Signing Into Tumblebook Library Using Tumble Tracker

Watch the video above or follow the screenshots below to see how to log in to the Tumble Tracker. This is a new feature that may help us both follow reading progress on Tumblebook Library. It’s new, so we have to check it out. Everyone try to login, so we can test the system. Let me know if you have any trouble.

Search for Tumblebook Library or click here: 

It will look like this:

Sign in with username and password:

Username: alraja
Password: reads

Something new…Go to Tumble Tracker.

Go to Tumble Tracker

Choose the Class and Your Student Number

Choose your class and student number:

Choose class and write your class letter and number–no spaces.

When you are logged in, choose “My Assignments”:

Go to My Assignments

Your assignment will be listed. Do the assignments while you are logged in with your number. Then I will give you credit for the reading.

See assignments.

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