Krebs' Class Blogs

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

April 9, 2015
by Denise Krebs

K Cups 4 Classrooms Idea

This is an interesting idea. I’m not sure people use Keurig coffee makers here in Bahrain, but I’ll find out. If your class is concerned with the environment and would like to have a lot of fun with problem solving, math, and making, try the 1000 K-Cup challenge with Mr. Cameron’s class.

K Cups 4 Classrooms from Peter Cameron on Vimeo.

More information here.

February 1, 2013
by Denise Krebs

Quick Blog Challenge

Today was a busy day. We had a service project this morning, leading a Bingo game for our senior citizens and community members. It was well-received, and the students had brought really great prizes. In the afternoon we had a trip — ice skating and time at a local college’s recreation center and game room. Lots of fun!

However, when we came back from Bingo this morning, I had all 7th and 8th graders together in my classroom for thirty minutes before lunch. I pulled out the popsicle sticks with names and created random pairs. Then I gave this challenge, “Work together to write a blog post that includes an image. Topic is ANYTHING! Try to publish it within thirty minutes.” They got right into it, and about half managed to publish theirs. Maybe more later, but here is what was published this morning:
Bingo Basketball
Another Bingo Post
One More On Bingo
Strawberry Pie
Catholic Schools Week Activities

November 15, 2012
by Denise Krebs

We Did it for American Cancer Society

from iClipart for Iowa Schools

Wow! In just six weeks, junior highers made a huge mark! On September 13, we wrote a blog post called, “American Cancer Fundraisers.” In that post they shared their brainstormed list of ideas, which was quite ambitious.

In reality, what they did was even more ambitious! They made a lot of money, but even better, they shared their genius, persevered, fought cancer, and more than reached their goals!

In their beautiful words, I’ll let the students tell you about our successes. Click on their names to read their whole blog posts.

  • Madi – “We all worked together to make as much money as possible.”
  • Mason – “We earned money for the ACS this year and we did a lot of ways.”
  • Paige – “We had a bake sale, petting zoo, babysitting, casual day and a ribbon of faith.”
  • Sierra – “We made a Ribbon of Faith where we put survivors or people that died fighting against cancer.”
  • Jordan – “These are all the fundraisers we did for the ACS. Ribbon of Faith-$294,30. Petting Zoo and Horse Racing Games-$450. Casual day-$118,20. Coin Drive-$322,54. Babysitting-$48. Bake Sale and Raffles-$544.86.”
  • Thomas – “We raised a total of $1778.90 for cancer research.”
  • Dustin – “On Wednesday October 31, Our school held a Relay Recess.”
  • Jason – “My school hosted a Relay Recess in Honor and in Memory of those that have had cancer.”
  • Cooper – “We had education stations for all of the kids. We taught them how to prevent cancer. It was a fun day.”
  • MaKenna – “The stations we had were
    • Sun safety
    • Tobacco Awareness
    • Healthy Eating
    • Physical Activity”
  • Kaylee – “These activities were really fun for us to plan and the kids had  a lot of fun learning.”
  • Joey – “the 7th and 8th graders would teach the kids how to stay healthy and teach them not to do bad things to their body”
  • Anna P – “We also did an activity of doing twenty jumping jacks and then breathing through a straw with your fingers pinching your nose shut so you can not breath out of it. This shows how it is like to breath when you are a smoker.”
  • Kennedy – “We had 10 cancer survivors come and walk with us.”
  • Anna – “This year we had Shawn D. and his son come to play games and to play music for us.We had a bouncy house for the little kids…”
  • Jade – “We asked 7th and 8th graders to bring baked goods and we sold them.”
  • Lucas – “We all had different colors. 8th graders had purple and the 7th graders were yellow.”
  • John
  • David
  • Brian – “This fundraiser was very educational for all the kids that were involved and also for the adults that have had or are fighting cancer.”
  • Deven – “The 4-6 graders came and we had a lap for the survivors and then we had a free time with the DJ and the bouncy house we rented.”
  • Atze – “Doing this meant a lot to me because I know people who are cancer survivors and those who lost the battle.  I am one of the lucky ones, a doctor found out that I had it before it got really bad and cut the cancerous skin off my body. “
  • Lauren – “We are just one small eighth grade class with a maximum amount of 17 people but we a raised over 1,750 dollars! Now that’s success.”
  • Jared – “We are only a piece of the puzzle for the cure for cancer.”

I’m very proud of each of them!


November 5, 2012
by Denise Krebs

#KidVote Mock Election

We are up to our elbows in the presidential election! We are learning how to handle the ballots with fidelity so each person has the opportunity to cast just one vote.

We realized this morning we had to open our poll early, since two-thirds of our high school is on a field trip tomorrow (the official election day). We got started early this morning, and 81 people voted today.

The polls will be open again tomorrow, and then we will report the results on the Kid Vote page.

UPDATE: We added the results of our school’s election here.

September 13, 2012
by Denise Krebs

American Cancer Society Fundraisers

Eighth graders are busy planning fundraisers to benefit the American Cancer Society. Last year our junior high raised $1,020. This year students are hoping to top that! Here’s what they have planned so far.

  • A petting zoo and horse racing game at our school on the day of the high school volleyball tournament
  • A Ribbon of Hope to honor those who have fought cancer
  • Two casual days, where students can pay money to be out-of-uniform
  • A bake sale
  • An event to soak a teacher with a super soaker

A culmination of all of these events will be a Relay Recess late in the fall. A Relay Recess is a mini Relay for Life for schools. Students are busy preparing!

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