On May 21, 2013, 5th Grade did something they’d been working up to all year–they performed a musical that they had planned, written, choreographed, staged, costumed, and acted in! It began as a seed of an idea early in the school year, and blossomed into something bigger better than we could have even imagined. They really did a stellar job. But not on their own: our amazingly fabulous music teacher, Mrs. Kesler, was there every step of the way helping them make their dream a reality.
The general premise was of a 5th grade class who was learning to write autobiographies in Writer’s Workshop and the scenes were the memories they came up with to write in their pieces. A couple of them were “real-life”, like reminiscing about Missouri Day and Box Town, but the other two vignettes twisted truth a little further: one was about a visit one day in kindergarten from a leprechaun and his minions that involved an arm wrestle over some chocolate “gold”, and the other was a crazy escapade to Cahokia Mounds that involved lots of dancing. It was a great example of what can happen when you let kids run with their ideas, focus on their passions and do what is often “off limits.” Trusting them with the plan and the execution could have been hard for some, but I love that Mrs. Kesler knew that that was the right thing to do in order to really make it “theirs.” And theirs it was.
(Wish I had more pictures of it–we really did work for almost 9 months on it. But I only have pictures from the performance. Boo. 😦 )
Have you ever taken on a huge project like this one? How did it go? What did you learn?