Wax Museum Brings Biographies to Life
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The students learned to take notes using timelines, the boxes and bullets method, in which the main idea is put in a box and supporting details are bulleted, and by using graphic organizers. They were also exposed to websites such as Kids Info Bits, Britannica and Brain Pop through class link as online resources to find information.
Over the course of a month, each student completed at home a mobile with hangers, streamers and construction paper that featured pictures and facts about their chosen figure, which hung from the ceiling above their desks. They also developed their speeches and planned their costumes at home. Some new figures that students portrayed this year were Grace Hopper, a famous female computer coder, who was introduced to students through a reading assignment; Stan Lee, an American comic book writer; and Ralph Baer, who invented the first video game console as well all the electronic game, SIMON.
“Our sixth annual wax museum was a great success, thanks to the efforts of our third-grade teachers Ms. Nancy Flatley, Ms. Brittany Ford, Ms. Kristine Friedman, Ms. Jillian Duval and Ms. Erin Sterbens, and Ms. Megan Rogus,” said Principal Dr. Valerie Vacchio. “Our students did a marvelous job of researching their chosen historical figure, developing their speeches, creating their costumes and presenting their biographies to families and friends in a fun and interactive way.”
James H. Vernon School third graders presented an interactive wax museum that brought to life famous figures in history, sports and entertainment. The project was a culminating event to a unit on narrative nonfiction.
Family members listen to the speeches students delivered as they portrayed their chosen figure.
Third graders Hannah Rudnet, left, portrayed famous primatologist Jane Goodall and Hailey White took on the persona of famous Native American, Sacagawea.
Third graders David Grant dressed as New York Giants football player Saquon Barkley, left, and Dean Cekovic was Dodgers baseball player Jackie Robinson.