Krebs' Class Blogs

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

April 26, 2012
by Denise Krebs

Triangle Thinking

Thanks to a great resource that came across Twitter, in history class we analyzed primary source AP photographs and wrote triangle thinking poems.

In Iowa we have a subscription to AP images, which proves very useful in finding authentic photos with descriptions and proper source information. Students enjoyed finding a picture of their choice.

From the post above: “Please feel free to download and distribute the Primary Source Thinking Triangle Activity (but please keep the citation and format, including logos, intact).”

You can read our poems below:

April 25, 2012
by Denise Krebs
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Changing and the Status Quo

Great work by my geniuses as they tackled the big idea of showing how promoters of change and promoters of the status quo make history. I wrote about the process on my teacher blog here.


Jaci and Meghan – Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.

Becca and Paul – Ku Klux Klan and Rosa Parks

Christina and Grace – Lucy Terry and Duluth Lynchings

Jason – Civil War

Krayton – Augusta M. Hunt

Vanessa – Kenneth James Weishuhn

Shiann and Paris – Japan and US at Pearl Harbor

Justin and Chandler



September 2, 2011
by Jaci

8th Grade History!!

My class and I have recently posted about our personal museums and about American History. Be sure to check out our posts on the “Active Eighth Grade Blogs” blogroll at the right! You can also click here to see our video about what we think history is.

Posted by Jaci

August 23, 2011
by Denise Krebs

What is History?

First day of school and I wanted to ask this question of my 8th grade geniuses: “What is History?”

They wrote some deep thoughts, considering it was 80+ degrees in our room and 9:00 a.m. on the first day after a long summer of freedom.

Here are the significant things they had to say:

Then we watched this awesome video by Miss Hamad in New South Wales.

This year in history class, we will work on answering the questions in the video:

  1. What happened?
  2. How can I honor those before me?
  3. How does yesterday affect me?
  4. What dreams do I have?
  5. How can I make sense of today?
  6. What mistakes can I avoid?
  7. How can I change my world?
  8. Who am I?

We are already off to a great start. You can see how much I will enjoy learning and growing with these student geniuses!

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