Krebs' Class Blogs

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

March 8, 2017
by saraha2024a23

Slice of Life Day 8 πŸ‘‘8️⃣

Here is my morning 🌀 Routine πŸ’¦-: First, my mom πŸ‘©πŸ½ wakes me up. I hate 😾 getting out of bed πŸ›Œ, but I don’t have any other choice πŸ˜ͺ. So I wake up πŸ™†, I use the toilet πŸ’© and I brush my teeth πŸ‘½. Then, I go straight to my room and change my clothes 🎽. When I’m done, I eat my breakfast 🍲🍱🍧 and wait for the bus 🚌.

How about you, do you have a morning routine ??? πŸŒ…

January 17, 2013
by Denise Krebs

Genius Hour Challenge

Try something new with someone new (or work solo).

Master – Practice some skill. It takes 10,000 hours to get to mastery.

Create – Use your imagination to create something.

Learn – Gain knowledge about something that interests you.

Innovate – Solve a problem. Create a solution.

Produce – Make something.

Serve – Do any of the above for someone else!

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!

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

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 21, 2011
by Denise Krebs

Give Me Liberty: The Story of the Declaration of Independence

Eighth graders read the book Give Me Liberty: The Story of the Declaration of Independence in jigsaw fashion. Give Me Liberty by Russell FreedmanThat is, each pair or triad read one chapter. They were responsible for reading it well and understanding it. Then each group presented their chapter to the whole class. I’m curious if you have used this method, and if you have had success with it. But first, here, for your viewing pleasure, are the chapter summaries.

Chapter 1: “The Night the Revolution Began: The Boston Tea Party” by Shaina, Abby, and Kim

Chapter 2 “A New World” by Becca and Nicole

Chapter 3 “If This Be Treason” by Lucas and Aaron

Chapter 4 “Intolerable Acts” by Crystal, Brittany, and Carli

Chapter 5 “The Shot Heard β€˜Round the World” by Ryan and Morgan

Chapter 6“The Whites of Their Eyes” by Ashley and Carter

Chapter 7 “Common Sense” by Molly and Leah

Chapter 8 “Declaring Independence” by Jarod, Clayton, and Matthew

Chapter 9 “Your Rights and Mine” by Allie and Melissa

Do your students read books or other materials in jigsaw fashion?

Any suggestions to help make the learning and sharing a success?

In addition, my students and I would love to hear what you think of the end projects they did. Thank you in advance!

February 19, 2011
by Denise Krebs
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The Exquisite Corpse Adventure Book Trailers

Roberta from The Exquisite Corpse Adventure
by: mrsdkrebs

Seventh graders used iMovie to create stunning book trailers for The Exquisite Corpse Adventure. After you view the seven trailers below, you just may be inspired to read the online book at It’s 27 chapters of fun, written by about 20 different authors, including Katherine Paterson, Lemony Snicket, Jon Scieszka, Kate DiCamillo, Steven Kellogg and so many others. We thought it was a fun read. Some of us thought it was a little too fantastical at times, but with so many authors, it was bound to get crazy!

Justin and Paris Book Trailer Chandler and Grace Book Trailer Meghan and Andrew Book Trailer Shiann, Christina, and Krayton Book Trailer Vanessa and Tyler Book Trailer Jaci and Paul Book Trailer Jason and Becca Book Trailer Thanks for watching! Hope you like our book trailers!

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