EASTCHESTER, N.Y. - Eastchester elementary school students enjoyed a blast from the past by converting a classroom into a “biographical living wax museum.”
As part of a project in Lindsay Carr’s fourth grade class at Anne Hutchinson Elementary School, students created multi-sourced biographies of some of the most important figures in history - including historical figures, entertainers and sports icons - which they memorized, before creating costumes and “assuming” their roles. for an audience.
Carr said that by having the students research their roles, write a written paper on their subject and acting out the positions, it provides the opportunity to get into the minds of characters such as Abraham Lincoln, Sacagawea, Amelia Earhart and Derek Jeter.
“I chose to have my students present their biography projects through a ‘Living Wax Museum’ because it was a fun way for them to really understand the person they were researching,” she said. “Giving the students the chance to actually become the character really kept the students engaged and encouraged them to be accountable for their own learning.”
To start the “show,” visiting parents had to “push a button” to start the student actors in their roles, following weeks of research and practice. Those in attendance, which also included visiting teachers and students, praised Carr’s class for the work they put in to get the “living wax museum” up and running.
“Walking into the wax museum was amazing,” Dawn Warnock, a parent visiting the class, said. “Watching all of the students proudly displaying all of their hard work for their parents and peers was impressive. This experience was a difference maker that (the students) will never forget.”