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Wood 5th graders “sell” unusual homes to 4th graders

Wood 5th graders “sell” unusual homes to 4th graders



Before Spring Break, 5th grade students at Wood Elementary School set out to “sell” some unusual homes they “built” as part of a unique and interactive problem-based learning journey.

Students also joined together in real estate agencies to build, market and list their own 3-D unusual home models.


“The energy and learning enthusiasm was priceless to witness,” said Saralice Campbell, a fifth grade teacher at Partridge.


Stephanie Bowens from Eagle Realty and Executives stopped by to share some enlightening points on how to market properties, sell homes and attract buyers. The students were fascinated with learning that their unusual home ideas are quite progressive and marketable in our local communities. Their model homes ranged from tiny homes, to hobbit homes, to the Titanic grand elite.


The students examined and practiced the most effective ways to impact their persuasive writing techniques. By using some very important tools covered in Step Up to Writing, the students practiced the concept of using creative “hooks” to capture their readers’ attention. Next, the students learned the importance of embedding facts in their writing pieces to support their opinions, arguments or claims. Students then edited, revised and published their final writing pieces on their unusual homes.


The 5th grade students each had several roles to fulfill on their real estate agency teams, which included realtors, builders, a finance person, a marketing person and a CEO. The real-estate agencies had to create a company name, a slogan, a jingle, a home description, and a 15-30 second commercial to persuade potential buyers.


The Teeny-Tiny Town Homes Real-Estate Agency even had a parent design company shirts to help promote their image and sales. The 5th graders then presented their 3-D prototype homes to eager and interested 4th grade buyers.


“This was an enjoyable and effective learning venture which included blended model learning, collaborative teams, critical thinking and student engagement,” Campbell said. 


March 27, 2020