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

January 9, 2012
by Denise Krebs
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Monday Mashups

Students have been busy posting this past week in our Week of Blogging Challenge. Today’s challenge was Monday Mashups. Most of us had fun with, a great mashup Web 2.0 app.

A mashup of the website.

Here are some of the students’ creations for Monday Mashup. Notice they used only Creative Commons licensed images that allowed for derivatives or subscription clipart for the original pieces.

Andrew – Denali
Becca – Love
Justin – Truck
Chandler – Dirt Bike
Christina – Rose
Krayton – Ice Cream
Meghan – Got Hoops?
Paris – Cheetah
Paul – Jacked-up Car
Shiann – Horse and Guitar
Vanessa – Zebra

April 14, 2011
by Denise Krebs

We, the People: Preamble to the Constitution

The Constitution of the United States of America.

The Supreme Law of the Land.

Eighth graders have been studying the history of this important document and memorizing the preamble.

In the words of the Constitution: “We, the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

One project the students did was to restate the preamble in their own words, which helped our understanding as we memorized it. Here are the works of their minds and hands for your enjoyment and enlightenment.

Most students chose to work with paper.

Melissa's PreambleMany papers were yellowed and scorched, looking aged and authentic. I scanned these and shared them at here.

Thanks to Mr. Rickett and his 4th Quarter Wish List, I tried to share the files. It is an easy and useful app to try.

Here is Crystal’s Glogster.

Ashley prepared a Google Presentation with her rewrite of the Preamble.

And finally, I’ve included my favorite video about the Preamble to the Constitution. I love when Barney Fife tries to¬† remember the Preamble he memorized in high school.

More Preamble Videos.

Thanks for visiting and viewing our class blog! My students enjoy contributing their work to the world, and we love to receive comments too. Thank you!

April 9, 2011
by Denise Krebs

Can You Read My Rebus?

Rebus from

I know many of you can relate to the message in the rebus above! A fellow student challenger’s post inspired me. Michaela’s picture sentence made me think of a site that makes cool rebus puzzles.

Try making your own and other cool word art at The name for this fun site can be hard to remember, but I usually think of the word festival, which means a celebration or party. Then I can remember the name, for this site is a festival of word art!

Try all the fun stuff, but here are directions for using the rebus maker. When you first go to the site, you’ll see this menu bar. Scroll over with the right arrow.

click here

Next, choose Text Layout and Rebus:
Screen shot 2011-04-09 at 3.04.22 PM

Delete the default message.

Delete the default text.

Add your own message and click on “Layout Text.”

Add your message and click to make a rebus.

Your rebus comes up on a new screen…

Rebus that says, "Write your own message here." Can you see it?

This rebus says, "Write your own message here." Can you see it?

Here is another one for you to try. Click on it to make it larger.

What is the message in this rebus?

The second word in the last puzzle is “is”? Can anyone figure out why? I can’t. Please leave a comment and explain if you can help us.

Also, after you decode it, please leave a comment to answer the question?

Visit a Glogster about for more fun!

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