The adventures of a fourth grade teacher in East Central Illinois.

The American Dream

Each year, the fifth grade students at Wiley put on a musical performance as part of their recognition ceremony. They start working on the musical before Winter Break, learning the music, practicing lines, and rehearsing the choreography. They continue on through the entire second half of the year, all leading up to the big day.

Today was that day. The fifth graders gathered in the morning to do one last run-through and then all of the students in the school gathered in the gym this afternoon to watch the first full performance of the fifth grade musical. The musical this year was called The American Dream. It went through early exploration, colonization, westward expansion, and the Civil War.


While this was only my second Wiley musical, I was very impressed with the quality of the overall production. There were solos, duets, and trios, whole group numbers, dancing, and even a student accompaniment of the last song! It was awesome to see the students who were in my classroom last year and I am looking forward to attending their recognition ceremony this evening!


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