Students in grade 5 social studies learned about the “lost colony of Roanoke.” We read articles, watched videos and discussed the topic. The students then took a survey to vote on what they think happened. After that, I divided them into groups based on their theories, and the whole class engaged in a friendly debate. The students could speak only when they had the “talking apple.” It was a thought-provoking and positive experience, with students sharing their hypotheses and also developing¬†important real-world traits and skills¬†like patience, kindness and communication. No one will ever know for sure what happened to these lost colonists, but it was interesting to hear the students’ perspectives!