Each year, the entire 4th grade works on a huge project called the Colonial Wax Museum. This project incorporates all of the social studies standards related to Colonial America. Students spend many sessions in the media center and in their classroom researching one historic figure from the Colonial period. Some of these people are well-known, but some are very obscure, so it makes for a very interesting search online for information that is reliable. Students used many search engines found on our research tools pathfinder that was created by the great Joyce Valenza.
The culminating project is to host a wax museum. Students dress up in costume and pose around the media center and in classrooms. They place a construction paper “push” button in front of them. Teachers, students, and community members come and step on the push buttons and the characters come to life and recite a short speech about themselves that comes from their extensive research. This is always a fun project to be a part of in the media center. The 4th grade teachers and students did an outstanding job in this year’s museum.