Krebs' Class Blogs

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

June 17, 2019
by Denise Krebs

Can You Break Out?

First of all, you need to solve the puzzles on this page. You will find a three-digit combination.

  • Number 1. How many similes are in this paragraph?_____

The whole class is writing blog posts today! Some of the kids thought of good topics, and they are as busy as bees writing their posts. Do you think anyone will continue writing on the blog this summer? You know this summer it will get as hot as an oven outside, so it might be good to stay inside and do some writing on the blog. Ms. Denise looks forward to seeing your amazing posts. Please “Submit for Review” and you will be writing like a journalist.

  • Number 2. There are 7 boys on a football team. Each boy has a different position, jersey number, and height. Get each person’s jersey number. Add the seven jersey numbers (#) together and divide by 17. Round the answer to the nearest whole number. _____

1. Justin is the goalie
2. The right forward is #10
3. The goalie is 6′ 4”
4. Joe is 6′ 1”
5. Ryan is right forward
6. The person next to Ryan is #14
7. The person who is 6′ 4” is #16
8. #10 is 5′ 8”
9. The left forward is #15
10. Brad is right defense
11. Brendan is #20
12. Michael is 7′ 1”
13. Miguel is #6
14. Michael is left forward
15. #42 is right defense
16. Brad is 6′ 2”
17. #6 is center defense
18. #15 is 7′ 1”
19. #20 is 6′ 7”
20. Miguel is 5′ 10”
21. #14 is 6′ 1”
22. The person who is 6′ 7” is left defense
23. Joe is center forward

(Contributed by Michael B and Brendan D, Grade 5, Edgar Allan Poe School)

  • Number 3. Count the syllables in the following words. Which number of syllables is most common?____
  1. blog
  2. friendship
  3. alligator
  4. different
  5. avocado
  6. summer
  7. motorcycle
  8. potato
  9. cat
  10. helicopter

Now you have three numbers. Can you make a combination to open the small box?

(HINT: Put the numbers in alphabetical order.)

August 25, 2012
by Denise Krebs

Rigorous and Relevant: Geniuses at Work

This year, the teachers at our school will be studying Rigor and Relevance in professional development.

I love my students for many reasons–one is that they are problem solvers and they notice real problems that need real solutions.

This week, the first week of school, a few eighth graders saw two problems and worked to fix them. We have a ten foot long and four-inch wide PVC pipe that has been capped and sawed in half lengthwise to make a trough. When we fill the rounded pipe with water to test boats, it’s unstable. We had quite a spill in our classroom on Wednesday. Then when we wanted to remove the water that had not spilled, we had to bail the water out and into a bucket.

Geniuses know how to criticize by creating. And I have those geniuses in my classroom! First, Thomas and Dustin began designing a stand to get it up off the floor and less wobbly. After some discussion with a larger group, Joey is working on a revised design at home. (Update on Monday.)

On Friday morning before school there were eleven people watching the hoopla and contributing to the process of the next step, which was to solve the second problem–emptying the trough. They decided to create a drainage system so when we put water into the soon-to-be sturdy container, we will be able to drain it instead of bail it out.

Look at that hole they are drilling in our trough. Yes, they are risking failure. The problem is challenging, complex, demanding, requires authentic work and “the ability to develop and express ideas and findings through elaborated communication.” (rigor and relevance). (I haven’t done a thing except give them permission because the project is beyond my abilities.)

What kind of learning is better than that? That’s why I’m trying to make school more like genius hour. Real problems, real solutions, real learning.

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