So as I was doing some
professional development blog stalking/procrastinating, I realized I had never shared our successful Living Wax Museum! 🙂
Each year this is the most popular thing that we do in 4th grade. In fact, I get questions about it from the beginning of the year because they all remember visiting the previous year’s museum, and can’t wait to do it!
We start our unit at the end of February. We spend the month of February reading mini biographies about Famous African Americans and understanding what biographies teach us. We even do a little mini autobiography writing unit! Then, the last week of February we do a close read on a different Famous American each day. (I usually choose ones from Ohio to tie into our social studies standards, too!)
I then give my students a week to choose their top three choices for their Famous American project. This way they can discuss it with their parents and really research different options.
Then we are off and running on our projects! We spend three weeks researching and writing our research reports, a week making our brochures, and a week practicing our speeches and getting our museum ready.
Without further ado… here are pictures from our museum this year! 🙂