Students worked hard all week? Do they deserve a special reward for a job well done? This activity will offer students a nice break from structured learning. Adapt it to fit your needs. Have some Friday Fun!
Cheryl Anderson's students leave their small South Dakota town for places such as the moon, a street in Montgomery, Alabama, or the steps of the White House. Her "Wax Museum Biographies" activity involves students in history as it teaches citizenship.
In this activity, students research and prepare a brief speech about the life a famous person in history. They write their speech in the first person. Then they dress as the person they wrote about and present the speech they wrote.
This activity is a nice Halloween alternative, but it will engage students at any time of year. It might also be used as a fund-raising activity for October's parent open house. Students might hold a cup. When a parent puts a nickel in the cup, the student does their brief presentation for that parent. Use the money collected that night to fun a field trip for students or some other activity.
Wax Museum Biographies Teach and Entertain
Education World (November 5, 2001)
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Article by Gary Hopkins
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