Students at State Road Elementary held a special "Living Wax Museum" event today. The school and community were invited to check out the historical figures students researched.
Any learning experience that involves hands-on activities, food, and requires an out of body experience, so to say, seems to do well with any student body. That was especially the case at State Road Elementary this afternoon. 5th grade students at the school spoke, dressed, and played the part of historical figures like Rosa Parks, Emily Dickinson, Martin Luther King Junior, and much, much more. The students talked about the impacts their particular person had on history. Anna Moua, a fifth grader who researched Emily Dickinson said, "I picked Emily Dickinson because she was a very famous poet and she inspired so many people."
The project is about more than just history. Students engaged in language arts, social studies, and also the sciences. More importantly, they get to practice public speaking, something that doesn't come easily to most people. Shelton Tomlinson had no fears speaking up about his historical figure Martin Luther King Junior. Tomlinson added, "He did start the Montgomery bus boycott and that stopped segregation; half of it. The other half he did a speech in Washington D.C. and that stopped the other half of it."
Some teachers said one of the biggest takeaways from the wax museum event was to teach the students that ordinary people can do extraordinary things no matter the time period. The event really did come to life in the sense that it wasn't until you hit a button that was taped to the desk that the students began giving their speech and details on their historical figure.