Students present Living Histor y Museum
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.
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.