Today is the day 5th graders dress up as a famous American. They stand out in the hall all afternoon and for an hour in the evening. When their home-made button is pushed, they come to life and tell you, in first person, about their famous American.
I loved listening to each individual student and their memorized speech. They always take it way too far (and usually it's the parents that are more intense about it...but that makes it a bigger deal which makes it way cooler.)
So after tears, mom coming down to the school, and a visit from the principal giving my class a talk about stealing, we found it. In his desk.
As an aside, I'd like to say I am sensitive. But I strive to be as reasonable as possible, especially when my kids cry. I try to make whatever they are crying about not a big deal so they stop crying.
So that kicked off today's theme: It was all about the buttons. It took an hour to make the coolest button, complete with springing paper affixed between two shapes and a message that says "push me." You had the constant "buzz" from the taboo buzzer, the 1st and 2nd graders running up and down the rows of fifth graders, pushing their buttons, and of course the tattle tellers: "Colton says 'you suck' whenever someone pushes his button!"