Create a Band

I saw an idea for a group project in some sort of professional development video that we watched. At the time, I couldn't find anything like it on TpT, so I created my own sheets to go with it. You could easily do this project without the sheets that I created, but what can I say? I'm a little OCD, so I made recording sheets. I called it Create a Band, and students would be "starting" bands that related to our latest topic, the early colonies of Roanoke, Jamestown, and Plymouth. There would be four jobs - Band Manager, CD Artist, Songwriter, and Costumer.

They were supposed to have started this with the sub last week, but she opted to do something else (which was fine). So on Monday, I put the students into groups of four to see what they could do. I was overhearing a lot of creative, witty ideas. Plymouth Rok (and variations) came up in several groups, and one group was working on Ro, Ro, Ro, Roanoke to the tune of Row Your Boat.

Here are some examples of the work that they did.

They came up with a bunch of good ideas, but they're explanations we're quite what I was wanting. Only one "band" out of the seventeen totally missed the boat on the intent of the project, so to speak.

{Here} is the project on TpT. It can be adapted for any subject area. I will give a free copy to the first three people to comment. Please make sure that you are not a no-reply blogger so I can get it to you right away! If you don't know how to do that, visit {this} post.
13 Colonies


  1. That sounds like so much fun! And perfect for what we are working on...we'll be starting Colonial Life soon!

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

  2. Looks fantastic. Would love to have a copy!!!

  3. Love it! I think my kids would really enjoy this!

    1. What is your email? You are a no-reply blogger.

    2. I thought I fixed this last night after I commented! It's Thanks!

  4. Diane, This is a great idea. I've done a project with eighth graders where they make the playlist and design the jacket for a CD after they've finished a novel. They LOVED the project and a lot of them took it to the next level and actually burned the tracks on a CD. I think my fifth graders would love this Create a Band project. Thanks for sharing, Stacy @

  5. This is so cute! I teach Kindergarten and I love it. Sometimes though, I see stuff like this and think "I wanna do it...!"

    My Kinder-Garden

  6. I am new to 5th grade this year! This sounds like a great idea for my class. I love all your ideas for Social Studies!!


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