Sunday, May 01, 2011

"Royal Wedding Day"

The Royal Wedding: Friday, April 29th, 2011 at Westminister Abbey
With such a monumental event happening this past Friday, I decided to take full advantage in my classroom and named it "Royal Wedding Day".  As my students entered class Friday morning, they saw these words posted on the whiteboard at the front of the class and were first learly of what this meant. A lot of the boys in my class (which is most of the class as I have 17 boys to 6 girls) were not very interested in the Royal Wedding and thought it was just a silly event. Meanwhile, all the girls were very excited about it and could not wait to hear what I had planned. One of the girls actually stayed home to watch the Royal Wedding with Grandmother which I did not necessarily approve of, but parents had the final say on that one.

The morning literacy activities began with Oral Debates regarding the Royal Wedding. Students had to argue 'for' or 'against' whether or not it was a good decision to be marrying into the Royal Family. I also had 4 other groups arguing 'for' and 'against' the retail industry as well as the media's role in the Royal Wedding. The students performed very well and all groups made interesting points to argue their case.

Following the debates, the students launched into writing letters to either William or Kate to congratulate them on getting married. The students wrote such amazing letters. I was so impressed. One boy wrote William and wrote that he was so proud of him. He also mentioned that it was very nice that his brother Harry was able to be there for him on such a special day. The same boy also wrote that he hopes that his brother will do the same for him one day and stand beside him when he gets married. Such emotion for a grade 5 student!

At the back of the class, I had a round table set up with a table cloth and had many hats, props and a tiara. The students had the chance to earn 5 tickets for good behaviour throughout the day and once they earned the 5 tickets they were then able to sit at the "Royal Table" for the rest of the day. The students were so motivated and desperately wanted to sit at this table that all students were so well-behaved all morning. I caught myself a few times during the morning actually enjoying the peace and quiet while the students worked on their assignments.

In the afternoon, one of the students who had been named 'Prince William' led the students in a guided reading of Castle Diary which is part of our social studies curriculum. He called on some of the commoners (students still at their seats) as well as some of the Royal Family members from the orange table to do some of the readings from the book.

Overall, it was great to involve such an important event within some of the subjects being taught Friday. The students enjoyed every activity presented because they were different as well as very engaging. I am so glad that I took the opportunity to use such an important event and apply it in making royalty-themed lessons.

~ Did you watch the wedding or incorporate it into your lesson plan?

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