Krebs' Class Blogs

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

November 11, 2011
by Denise Krebs

Doing the Stuff

Imagination. I love the new commercial for Canon on creativity, imagination, and contributing. You can view it here. Here’s another inspiring one from Apple–Think Different.

On November 23, we are going to have a “genius hour”–a time for you to imagine and do whatever you want!

Gary Stager shared ten things you can do on a laptop.

  1. Write a Novel
  2. Share Your Knowledge
  3. Answer Tough Questions
  4. Make Sense of Data
  5. Design a Video Game
  6. Build a Killer Robot
  7. Lose Weight
  8. Direct a Blockbuster
  9. Compose a Symphony
  10. Change the World
  11. (Bonus) Be a Scientist, a Mathematician, an Engineer, a Luthier, etc., etc., etc.

What can you do in your own block of time?

Here are some more questions to ask yourself:

  1. What new idea do you want to develop?
  2. What have you been wanting to try?
  3. What skill can you master?
  4. What tool can you learn that will help you work better?
  5. What tool could help you create something beautiful?
  6. What tool could help you communicate better?

More Genius Questions from Angela Maiers

  1. How can we make it better?
  2. How can we make each other better?
  3. How do we know this to be so?
  4. Is this what is needed most?
  5. What is it we hope to accomplish and what’s stopping us?
  6. What are we most proud of?
  7. What is possible?
  8. When can we start?
  9. How will we prevent failure?
  10. How can we make this happen?
  11. Who can make this happen?
  12. What do we regret most?
  13. How can we make the best use of…?
  14. What if we…?

Here is a list of cool tools for school by categories. You can try something here. You can try something that is not on the computer too. It’s up to you.

What will you do for genius hour?

If you still don’t have an idea, here are some possible inspirations…

Serial Story

Public Service Announcement

Create a guessing game, puzzle or creative writing prompt…

This list will continue to grow. For now, I just want you to think about possibilities!

June 5, 2011
by Denise Krebs

Good-bye, Stanleys! We loved having you!

Flat Stanley Poster

Finally, we have all said good-bye to Stanleys belonging to Mrs. Howlin’s class and shipped them back to New South Wales. We had lots of fun with them. They were kept busy here in Iowa. Here are a few photos of their adventures, plus a special video for Jorja.

Checking out the compost pile, which includes compostable plastic.

Checking out the compost pile, which includes compostable plastic.

On the neighbor's swing set

On the neighbor's swing set

Grace with Jorja's and Meghan with Angus' Flat Stanleys

Grace with Jorja's and Meghan with Angus' Flat Stanleys

May 13, 2011
by Denise Krebs

Flat Stanley Came For a Visit

Welcome, Stanley, all the way from New South Wales, Australia! Mrs. Howlin’s Year 3 and 4 students sent us nine sturdy Stanleys. They came in a mailer with photos, drawings, and stories.

Since we only have four more days of school before summer break, we got busy entertaining them and introducing them to our Iowa school. Here is a video that shows some of their adventures today.

The students also took them home for the weekend to experience life on the farm, high school graduation parties, traveling, and all the other busy details of a junior higher weekend.

I can’t wait to find out what they do this weekend.

March 19, 2011
by Denise Krebs

Way to go, Bloggers!

Congratulations to these Krebs’ Class Bloggers who were featured on the “Visit These” blog page this week. Molly, Ryan, Allison, Crystal, Abby
If you don’t know how to get on the visit page, ask one of them.

Congratulations to Nicole and Brittany whose blogs were recommended by other students.


  1. Mr. Heinrich asked us to take a survey, so his class can get to know Division 19’s readers. Click here for the survey.
  2. Make connections with the students who have come to visit your blogs.
  3. Visit other student blogs and leave comments. Or go visit someone in the Cool Classes blogroll. Be sure to review and use our Commenting Guidelines.


  1. Make a post about Week 2 or Week 3 Challenges and link back to the Challenge page.
  2. If you don’t have a working counter or map on your blog, get one.

You can ask for help from Mrs. Krebs, Vanessa, Chandler or others who know how to put widgets into their blog.


  1. Do three or more activities on Week 3 Challenges.
  2. Get a blogging challenge badge and add it to your sidebar. Here’s how: Open the badge image and save the URL. Add it to your Playground post as an image URL. Then copy the HTML code and put it in a widget text box.
  3. Check out some of the cool widgets that other bloggers have and get one for your blog.
  4. Leave a comment on Week 3 Challenges telling what you did for Challenge 3 with a link back to your blog.

March 1, 2011
by Denise Krebs

Best Student Blogs of 2010

What do you think? Do you want to take a risk? Do you want to have a great blog? Do you want to have the best student blog of 2011?

Aspiring Busker

If you do, we can take the baby steps needed to make that a possibility! It just takes a commitment to sharing your genius with the world–creating, contributing, connecting, collaborating, and curating.

Think about it, and talk to me if you want to be in the list of the best student blogs.

Visit the Best Student Blogs from last year.

See Aspiring Busker on Flickr.

February 28, 2011
by Denise Krebs

Leave Your Blog URL When Visiting Others

Here are step-by-step instructions for leaving your URL in a comment.

  1. First, open a new post and call it “playground”. This is one you will not post, but it will remain in draft form, a place to practice.
  2. Open a new post called "Playground"

    After working on your playground post, always push "SAVE DRAFT" not "PUBLISH"

    After working on your playground post, always push "SAVE DRAFT" not "PUBLISH"

  3. On your practice page, write a message about your blog in Visual view. Something like: My blog or Please visit my blog.                 Highlight the words you want to hyperlink
  4. Next, copy your URL from your blog.          Copy your URL from your blog
  5. Highlight a word or words you want to link to your blog.  Highlight the words you want to hyperlink
  6. Then click on the link button and add your URL.               Add your blog's link
  7. Finally, move to HTML view and copy the code.              Switch to HTML and capture the code.
  8. Paste it into the comment box along with your well-written, thoughtful comment.

Post the HTML code into your comment.

February 28, 2011
by Denise Krebs

Cafe, Triple H and Lions Blogging Work

Hello, geniuses, here are some recent posts to check out. Remember to read through the commenting guidelines and take this assignment serious. It is your chance to contribute and connect, which leads to collaboration with others who are passionate about the same things as you.

Bloggers’ Cafe is from Australia. See the latest posts, always something interactive for you to do.

Mr. Herzog’s Class, Vermont, USA

Mr. Huebner’s Class

Mr. Heinrich’s Class, British Columbia, Canada

Pride 11 – This is the class we’ve been talking to about Egypt, Illinois, USA

February 15, 2011
by Denise Krebs
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Protests in Egypt

2011 Egypt protests - round signsEighth graders have been studying the American Revolutionary War. Is it anything like the protests and rebellion in Egypt? Some of us think so. We’ve begun to engage in a discussion with another eighth grade class, and now on our own blogs too. Would you care to give your opinion? Would you have joined in the protests? What do you hope for the people of Egypt?

Here are some of our blogs:

Photo: By Mona (IMG00606-20110130-1644 Uploaded by BanyanTree) [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

January 27, 2011
by Denise Krebs

We Can Visit the World

Hi, Geniuses! You are on a journey to share your brilliance. Here are some active classroom blogs. Please spend some time thoughtfully visiting, reading, and responding to what these students are saying. Have fun and make connections!

Here are some sites to help students connect and learn about the world:

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