Helen Keller, Mary Todd Lincoln, Steve Jobs, and Ben Franklin were just a few of the historic characters visiting Boyd Christian School recently at the annual Wax Museum presented by third- fourth- and fifth-grade students.
The goal of the assignment was to combine curriculum projects, with students first choosing a deceased person in history to focus on. They then researched the person, learning about their life and accomplishments, including them in an informative oral presentation.
“They prepare about a minute speech, incorporating their social studies, history and public speaking skills,” said teacher Maranda Moore. “They have the opportunity to practice with their classmates before the actual wax museum. This way they cross learn, because they get to hear all the presentations.”
Each of the students and their parents prepare a backdrop for the display enhancing the experience. They pencil in the design, and then it is painted in class.
Fourth-grade student Talan Lynch sought assistance from his grandmother, artist Rachel Parker. He chose Milton Hershey of the Hershey Chocolate fame as his character, and with the help of Parker he had a great display depicting a chocolate factory.
Some students use props to express their thoughts. Molly Pitcher held a blue granite serving pitcher. Dale Earnhardt was seated behind a steering wheel. Elvis Presley wore a white jumpsuit and black wig, and Harry Houdini chose handcuffs as his prop.
The museum is open to the public with several visitors stopping by, as well as the entire student body and staff.
“The students get very creative, and each year they seem to do a better job,” said Moore. “I’m always impressed with their abilities.”
Other teachers included in the project were fourth-grade teacher Andrea Jones, and fifth-grade teacher Melissa Reep.