Fourth graders in Mason Intermediate language arts and social studies teacher April Raleigh’s class created a Living Wax Museum featuring well-known people, from the past and present, including historical icons like Cleopatra, Rosa Parks, Neil Armstrong, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Betsy Ross.
“The students each chose someone who made a difference, and who was either involved in a disaster, overcame a challenge or had some type of well-known achievement/success in their life,” said Raleigh. “The whole project was about three weeks long, in which the students researched the person by gathering facts from multiple resources, categorized the information and put together an essay.”
Raleigh’s class dressed like their chosen famous person and memorized a script written in first person point of view to teach visitors all about their chosen person. At the Wax Museum on December 4, students were "frozen" until guests pushed the "buttons" to make them speak. Dressed in costume, students shared information about their famous individuals, and guests had the opportunity to look at the other pieces of their multi-genre projects.
“I was impressed with the growth I saw in not only research and writing skills but also speaking skills too! We covered a lot of the standards in a fun, interactive and memorable way!’ added Raleigh.