Liv­ing his­tory

Stu­dents present Liv­ing His­tor y Mu­seum

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU jan­fen­son-comeau@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @JamieACIndyNews

Mudd el­e­men­tary stu­dents step into char­ac­ter for project of the past

His­tory came alive Fri­day af­ter­noon at Dr. Sa­muel Mudd El­e­men­tary School, as fourth graders took on the roles of var­i­ous fig­ures from his­tor y.

Mudd’s “Liv­ing His­tory Mu­seum” took place Fri­day af­ter­noon in the school hall­way. Par­ents and com­mu­nity mem­bers walked down the hall where stu­dents, each dressed as a dif­fer­ent his­tor­i­cal in­di­vid­ual, stood along­side poster­board pre­sen­ta­tions.

A small pa­per but­ton lay on the floor in front of each stu­dent. When some­one stepped on the but­ton, the fourth grade stu­dent would step for­ward and give a first-per­son pre­sen­ta­tion on the life of the in­di­vid­ual they were por­tray­ing.

Stu­dents were al­lowed to pick the his­tor­i­cal in­di­vid­ual they would be por­tray­ing, and given a lit­tle over a month to do re­search and pre­pare, said fourth grade teacher Tara Lak­sh­manan, who or­ga­nized the event.

“It’s about peo­ple in his­tory who have made a dif­fer­ence,” Lak­sh­manan said.

Fourth grader An­thony Dun­can, 9, de­cided to por­tray Neil Arm­strong, the U.S. as­tro­naut who be­came the first man to walk on the moon.

“I used my school re­sources and other re­sources that were re­ally help­ful,” An­thony said. “I found my in­for­ma­tion, and then I used the facts that I thought peo­ple would be re­ally in­ter­ested in.”

Asked what some of the more sur­pris­ing facts he learned in his re­search of Arm­strong, An­thony said, “I learned his daugh­ter died of a brain tu­mor and they left poop on the moon.”

Joshua Wade, 9, chose to por tray Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Carver. Joshua said he was sur­prised to learn Carver made so many things out of peanuts, in­clud­ing lip­stick.

Em­manuel Miller, 10, said he chose to por­tray Henry Ford, be­cause he likes rid­ing in cars, par­tic­u­larly Fords.

“I told my dad, when I grow up, I’d like to make a car for my­self,” Em­manuel said.

Lak­sh­manan said part of the goal is to al­low stu­dents to delve a lit­tle bit deeper into the lives of his­toric in­di­vid­u­als, not just about their suc­cesses, but about the ob­sta­cles they faced.

“The goal is to show them how to do re­search, and also to show that some­one can have strug­gles and chal­lenges to over­come, and still make a dif­fer­ence,” Lak­sh­manan said.

Dr. Sa­muel Mudd fourth graders Di­a­mond But­ler and Tyler More­land, por­tray­ing Hil­lary Clin­ton and Mil­ton Her­shey, re­spec­tively, in­vite par­ents, teach­ers and com­mu­nity mem­bers to visit the Liv­ing His­tory Mu­seum Fri­day.

STAFF PHO­TOS BY JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU

Fourth grader Jeremiah Mahoney, por­tray­ing U.S. Pres­i­dent Abraham Lin­coln, holds a copy of the Eman­ci­pa­tion Procla­ma­tion at Dr. Sa­muel Mudd’s Liv­ing His­tory Mu­seum event Fri­day.

Fourth gradere David Ro­driguez por­trays Ap­ple CEO Steve Jobs at Dr. Sa­muel Mudd El­e­men­tary’s Liv­ing His­tory Mu­seum Fri­day.

Fourth grader Danielia Doyle por­trays avi­a­tor Bessie Cole­man at Dr. Sa­muel Mudd’s Liv­ing His­tory Mu­seum Fri­day.

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