Scenes From Mountain 5th Grade Wax Museum

Mountain Elementary 5th graders lined the walls of the school gymnasium for their Wax Museum presentations as students and parents listened. Here, County Councilor James Chrobocinski and his wife Jacqui listen as their son JJ represents Robert Ballard who discovered the sunken RMS Titanic after it had been lost for 73 years. Photo by KayLinda Crawford
Each year, Mountain Elementary 5th graders choose a famous or inspiring person from American history to portray during a Wax Museum project for other students and parents.
“This is an extension of our American History studies.” Shanda Moore, Mountain Elementary 5th grade teacher said. “Every year, the students are assigned to choose a famous or inspirational person from American History, learn as much as they can about that person and be prepared to pretend to be them during Wax Museum.”
The students lined the walls in the Mountain Elementary gymnasium with a poster of their historical figure behind them, stood in a pose representing that person’s character and waited for students and parents to put a ticket in a box in front of them signaling that the wax figure was to come to life and give a short speech about their life.
“It’s really neat to see it all come together!” Moore continued. “We watch these students really work hard on this project and they are definitely nervous. So, to see them finally pull it all together is really satisfying for us and them!”
This student is ‘holding pose’ that best represents her historical figure, Martha Graham, a famous dancer. The students hold a pose that best represents their historical figure until someone puts a ticket into a box in front of them, which is their que to come to life and give a speech about their characters life. Photo by KayLinda Crawford
After a student put a ticket into the box, famous dancer Martha Graham came to life. Photo by KayLinda Crawford
This student has captured the attention of students and a teacher as he tells the story of his historical character, Stephen Hawking. Photo by KayLinda Crawford
This student represented the famous Katherine Johnson, a ‘human computer’ and one of the few African Americans to be part of the space program. Her mathematical genius enabled groundbreaking success for NASA during the 1960’s space race. Photo by KayLinda Crawford
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