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

December 22, 2011
by Denise Krebs

Our U.S. Presidents

Eighth graders are learning about presidents. Fifteen 8th graders and 44 presidents. Collectively we know much about our presidents–who was the first to do something unique, who graduated from college and served in the military, who died in office, and more. Together we are smarter.

The following videos are what we have called our presidential puppet show, featuring facts about each of the presidents. (We tried using a green screen for the first time. It’s not perfect, but we learned a lot, so please bear with us.)

Presidents George Washington through James Buchanan
edited and compiled by Justin

Presidents Abraham Lincoln through Calvin Coolidge
edited and compiled by Chandler

Coming soon – Presidents, Part III


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 ‘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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