Five for Saturday: Back from the Dead Edition!

Hi everyone!

It's been a minute since I've been able to join up with Five for Friday, because HOLY COW have I been busy! Seriously, how is it NOVEMBER already??

Anyhow, I have lots to catch you up on, so let's get started!

One of our favorite parts of our class is the "classroom stage" AKA my lowered table.

Our classroom stage keeps students 100% engaged! See more at

We go on the stage to practice speeches, or if we have an excellent answer we need to share, or if we want our classmates to repeat something we're saying, like a chant or song. Instant attention grabber! Even my shyest students beg to get up on the stage. I <3 how flexible seating gives me options like this!

I posted some more about this on Instagram, but we had our Living Museum a few weeks ago, and it was a huge success! Here are a few of my students' boards:

Living Museum Project Board!

Living Museum Project Board!

Each 3-5 class (9 classes in all) represented one of the smarts (we also had the Presidents, because how can you have a Living Museum without Presidents!), and my class was Word Smart. We portrayed authors. Each student dressed as an author and created a board highlighting his or her career. They prepared a speech to share as our museum guests circulated and viewed the exhibits.

The parent turnout for this was PHENOMENAL! I loved how many parents stopped to visit each child, instead of just watching their child and then leaving. I plan on doing a whole post about how I organized this soon, so stay tuned!

This week was all about the election, and our civic responsibility to vote! I used a GREAT product by Mikey D was all focused on the issues and NOT the candidates!

The first activity gave background information on 7 important issues and asked students to pick a side on each one (WITHOUT saying if it was the Democrat or Republican position). We read through the packet as a group, and I stopped to let students color their position for each issue.

We then partnered up to practice accountable talk. Student A would read his or her opinion on each issue and Student B would either agree (and back up their statement with WHY) or politely disagree using a conversation stem ("I don't agree with you, here is what I think..." or "I disagree with that statement, and here is why..."). It was so much fun to listen to them try to build off of each other's statements and keep discussing the topic in such depth!

Friends, I watched two 8-year-olds debate whether or not college should be free for everyone for 10 minutes, solely using information from the packet and TRULY listening to each other (saying things like "You made a good point there, but how about...). It was amazing! I think they did a better job than the people we actually have to vote for,

We then used the information from the packet to write questions for the mock debate our school held on Friday:

One of the great things that happened during this part was that students were surprised that they had a Democratic view on one issue, but a Republican view on another. Since the material we used was free from bias, they truly were forming their own opinions, not parroting what they heard from their parents or on the TV. I explained that many people feel the same way, and that's why it's so important to be informed on all the issues before voting!

We went on a field trip to the oldest schoolhouse in our area. Students went "back in time" as we viewed an old frontier house, learned about farm life back in the day, looked at some relics from the area, and had a lesson in an old classroom, complete with original desks and chalkboard!

The students always love to sit at the old-fashioned desks (especially since we don't have desks at all!) and write their names with a quill pen and ink. We get to take their pictures home so they have a little keepsake from their trip.

I (finally) posted my classroom tour for this year, so head over and take a look if you haven't done so already!

I hope everyone has a great weekend! See you next week!


  1. Great activities! I love how you focused on the issues and not the candidates in the election. I wish the candidates would do that! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I really like your blog.

  2. I love the classroom debate and your living museum! We may have to do that in the spring. :)

  3. I loved looking at your students' work!! Thanks for all of the creative ideas! :)


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