In the tradition of the all world-renowned wax museums in the United States, second grade students at EB Reyna Elementary School brought history to life during a living wax museum presentation held on Jan. 30 & Feb. 16.
Second grade classes participated in the event during the school’s Family Literacy Night. Family, friends, and local community members “met” influential people during the interactive wax museum visit.
Each student was required to research an influential person who is living or deceased, write an essay, and memorize a speech about important facts about the icon. They dressed as their person and came to life with the press of a button to tell the audience who they were and shared their impacts on society.
This is the first year the EB Reyna Elementary has put on the living wax museum. Second-grade teacher Elizabeth Lawing, along with other second grade teachers, proposed the idea.
“It’s a great experience for the kids and is helping to prepare them for high school,” said Elizabeth Lawing. “They’ve had to do a lot of research to learn about their person. They are learning about history, language arts and other subjects [during the process of completing the assignment]. It’s also teaching them responsibility because they’ve had to meet deadlines. They’ll never forget this. We’re hitting a whole bunch of [teaching] standards all in one project,” she added.
The students have been working on their projects for the past weeks; researching, writing biographies, creating costumes, rehearsing their speeches and developing props.
Lawing coordinated the activity with the other second grade teachers and students were able to pick from a list of historically significant people to bring to life.
Teachers wanted students to be the stars of the activity in order to showcase their own hard work.
In their speeches, the students had to include where and when their character was born, why they are famous and include three important facts. All costumes were assembled at home and not at school as Lawing encouraged students to think outside the box and not buy any costumes.
“… she was the first GREAT female astronaut,” said student Kimberly Reyna. “I picked her because I knew a little about space and because people mostly pay attention to the men who are astronauts and not so much the women,” Reyna added, who chose to represent Sally Ride.