Providence Elementary wax museum brings history to life, creates connections

 

Students dressed as historical figures give a wax museum presentation     Students dressed as historical figures give a wax museum presentation     Students dressed as historical figures give a wax museum presentation     Students dressed as historical figures give a wax museum presentation     Students dressed as historical figures give a wax museum presentation     Students dressed as historical figures give a wax museum presentation     Students dressed as historical figures give a wax museum presentation     Students dressed as historical figures give a wax museum presentation     Students dressed as historical figures give a wax museum presentation     Students dressed as historical figures give a wax museum presentation    Betsy Ross

 

Fifth-graders at Providence Elementary recently transformed their cafeteria into a wax museum for faculty, parents, and peers. Each student chose an important and influential person from the past or present, conducted research, and gathered facts about their selected person’s important accomplishments. The historical figures represented at the wax museum included authors, scientists, artists, politicians, athletes, astronauts, musicians, and more. 

 

Dressed as their historical figures, the students stood like statues at the wax museum, inviting visitors to push their red or blue “buttons” so they could recite a brief presentation about their chosen famous person. The red dots elicited a response in English, and the blue dots elicited a response in French!

 

The wax museum gave students a unique opportunity to not only learn about historical figures, but to practice mastery of their second language. (Providence Elementary is home to our district's French DLI program.) Many students also discovered connections with the person they portrayed. For example, Ruby, who chose Louisa May Alcott, said, “I want to be an author when I grow up and write books like Louisa May Alcott. That's what inspired me to be her; I think she is a very amazing person.”

 

Fifth-grade teacher Emalie McKee enjoyed seeing her students’ learning, preparation, and hard work come together. "We were so excited to present a wax museum this year at Providence,” she said. “The fifth-graders have been preparing for several months. So many people commented on what a wonderful job the students had done with the whole project.” McKee continued, “We were thrilled with the attendance and positive response. We are looking forward to repeating this exciting event next year!"