Krebs' Class Blogs

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

October 13, 2011
by Denise Krebs

Strewth! It’s Miss W and Mr. Davo Devil

We never realized last spring that Miss W would actually come to our school! We participated in our first ever Student Blogging Challenge last spring, and we met Miss W then. She left many comments on our blogs and taught us all much about blogging. Blogging Challenge #4, activity 5 was to write about your community–Miss W needs to find her way to your community. Carli wrote a nice post about her town. And Miss W left an exciting comment:

I didn’t think much more about it, but in the summer I was introduced to Mr. Davo Devil and his new blog. It was then that I learned we really were on Miss W’s route. Here is a summer post about it.

Wednesday was our big day! Miss W and Davo came to our school at 10:00 in the morning. She visited with the 7th and 8th graders, ate lunch with us, and then visited with the freshmen, who did the challenge last year.

The 8th graders are writing their own posts about her visit. You can click on their blogs in the margin and read them. Since 7th graders have not yet begun to blog, here are their reflections, in no particular order.

Miss W was cool. I learned a lot from her. Australia is a place I’d like to visit because of the forests, beaches, and, of course, the Tasmanian devils. Miss W made Australia sound cool.

Miss W was very nice. We learned that Tasmanian devils run in circles when carrying meat.

I enjoyed Miss W’s visit. I liked what she told us. I really liked her accent. I learned some things about Australia that I never knew before, like that Tasmania is an island.

Miss W came bearing gifts.

I learned a lot of stuff when Miss W came. She lives in Tasmania. It’s a very small state, about 2 hours long. They have most of the stuff there that we have here.

When Miss W came I was really excited, and I thought her accent was awesome! Her facts about Tasmania were really interesting> I was glad she came.

I like Miss W. I loved hearing a different accent. She taught me that they say different things than we do in America. Like we say trunk. They say boot.

Tyler tweeted about our visitor.

Miss W was cool. I like her accent. I think it was cool that she lives in Tasmania. Iowa is 55,869 square miles and Tasmania is 26,383 square miles.

I’m surprised that Miss W actually took this trip. How many states have you gone through? You must have gone through a lot of gas stations. (Or should we say petrol stations?)

Miss W was the best. It was cool that in the Australian Football League you bounce the ball. It was very cool to meet a person from Tasmania, and learn how she traveled.

I really enjoyed Miss W’s visit here, and I learned a lot of new things that I never knew. I did not know that their main food down there was just like down here. MEAT! 🙂

When Miss W visited, I learned about Tasmanian devils. Many Tasmanian devils are getting tumors on the side of their heads, so they are going to try to put them on a secluded island so they don’t die from the disease and they don’t go extinct. Miss W’s visit was fun.

We learned a lot from Miss W’s fun visit. We learned that she is from Tasmania and that it is smaller than half of Iowa, and that it was two hours long and wide.

Miss W told us about Tasmanian devils and about diseases they get. She brought a stuffed devil with her and showed it to us.

Miss W travels around the world with her stuffed Tasmanian devil. Ours in the only school she had been to with a uniform. She taught us words they say in Tasmania, like lollies and sweets for what we call candy.

I really enjoyed Miss W’s visit. I really liked it when she told us more about the Tasmanian devil. We found out a lot about Tasmania, where she lives. She was really nice and taught us a lot.

It was fun for Miss W to come and tell us about Australia and T-devils.

Miss W,
Thanks for visiting us, and we hope you enjoy it. We hope you have a good trip and travel safely.

Mrs. Krebs’ Class

March 27, 2011
by Denise Krebs

Week 4 Blog Work

My 30: Simplify

This week’s blogging challenge is about curating or organizing our online information. I thought this picture was funny because it shows how disorganized we can be with hardware. Our digital world can be disorganized too. Today we will take some steps to be more organized in your blogging world.

Congratulations to Matthew, Ashley, Brittany, Melissa, Allison, and Crystal for being featured on the “Visit These” page.

Including the ones above, here are some other bloggers who are doing some great things: Jaci, Morgan, Krayton, Molly, Leah, Abby.

Work for Everyone

  1. Most importantly, add links to your posts back to the blogging challenge pages for Weeks 1 through 3. Check here for instructions on how to insert links into a post, or ask a friend.
  2. This week’s Challenge 4 is posted.  Do your best and share your genius! Do some of the following activities:
    1. Create blogroll categories.
    2. Link classmates and far away friends on blogroll. Add the Krebs’ Class Blogs as a link on your blogroll too.
    3. Spring cleaning your Post Categories.
    4. Write a post about tags and categories.
    5. Writing about your community.
    6. Write about another country and add questions you may have.
    7. Add a poll to your blog.
  3. Finally, catch up on any past weeks or add any other interesting blog posts.  Here is Teegan’s blog. She is really contributing by writing interesting posts on many different topics. Like Teegan, I hope you will continue to write multiple blog posts on any subject. You don’t have to just write about the blogging challenge topics.

Photo by Qfamily shared through CC Attribution 2.0 Generic License.

March 23, 2011
by Denise Krebs

Greetings in French!

Eiffel Tower

Bienvenue dans Blogs classe de Krebs. La fille de Mme Krebs est d’apprendre Ă  parler français, alors elle lui a demandĂ© de vĂ©rifier l’exactitude de la traduction Google dans ce blog.

Un garçon dont le blog que nous avons visitĂ©s, Harrison, est nĂ© au QuĂ©bec et il a comptĂ© jusqu’Ă  dix en français, donc je vais utiliser son compte ici, aussi. ZĂ©ro, un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, six, sept, huit, neuf, dix. Nous n’avons pas appris le français dans notre Ă©cole, mais nous avons un professeur d’espagnol.

This post is for Week 3 Student Challenge.
Photo by Ella Mullins on Flickr with Attribution 2.0 Generic License.

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 12, 2011
by Denise Krebs

Sharing Our Research with the World

We are so excited to be joining the Student Blogging Challenge! Enjoy our latest posts based on research the students have done.

7th Graders

8th Graders

From product catalog at

From product catalog at

March 9, 2011
by Denise Krebs

How to Copy and Paste a Google Doc into Edublogs

We all write pieces at times that we are proud of and want to share on our blogs.  To do that, we have to retype or copy and paste. Some programs copy and paste better than others. Extra code lost in the Walt Disney post...Today we tried copying from a Google Doc and putting it into our blog and disaster struck! Look at this crazy code that barreled its way into Melissa’s blog post.

iProxy-Connection: keep alive Cache-Control: max-age=0

Yeah, whatever! Most of the 7th and 8th graders can relate to this mess!

Here are step-by-step directions to take the writing you have composed on Google Docs and bring it cleanly into Edublogs.

  1. First, copy the work. Use Command-C (Control-C on PCs) Remember: Don’t copy the heading because we don’t publish that on our blog posts.
  2. Next, come to your blog Dashboard and Add New post.
  3. Add the Title.
  4. Then under Visual view, click the colorful button on the far right. It’s called the kitchen sink. About in the middle of the lower toolbar is a button with a T for text–plain text, that is. This “Paste as Plain Text” button is what you need. Click and then Command-V (or Control-V for PCs) and your text will go in. Then click Insert.
  5. Make any extra formatting you wish. Maybe some bolded headings or color changes.
  6. Now in either Visual or HTML, it won’t have all that extra crazy code that gave us fits when we tried to paste it directly into the post.
  7. Going through that one extra step will keep this post having the same nice formatting as all your other blog posts!
  8. Keep up the great blogging!

If you’d rather watch me do it, I’ve made a video showing the steps on my desktop.
Putting a Google Doc into an Edublogs Post

Do I really sound that flaky? (Don’t answer that!)

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