Fourth-graders create wax museum of history
GRASONVILLE — Grasonville Elementary School fourthgraders spent the month of February researching influential people in African American History.
After completing a research report on the individuals, oral presentations brought the figures to life for the school’s Black Histor y Wax Museum.
Each student became a wax figure of an influential African American and when students came to visit the “museum,” they pushed a button on or near the fourthgrade student and watched the person come to life, reciting historical facts about who they were representing.
“I thought the wax museum was very fun because a lot of people helped me to learn about Mae Jemison.”
“...I learned a lot about Mae Jemison and I also learned that she is an important person in Black History Month.”
Students enjoyed becoming their character and sharing what they learned with parents, students and staff.
“I researched Harriet Tubman. It was fun pretending to be her and bring her back to life,” Teriyah Massenburg said.
Along with Tubman and Jemison, students chose important figures from everything in between sports and politics, including projects about Muhammad Ali, Jesse Owens and Ben Carson.
“The wax people or wax person was very fun and bright,” Ryan Blass said. “I really learned a lot and I also think that when all the kids came over to me to listen to my speech, I was thrilled to talk about my wax person.”
Traise Woolford, a fourth-grader at Grasonville Elementary School, brings Martin Luther King Jr. to life in his portrayal during the school’s wax museum of influential African Americans.
Grasonville Elementary School fourth-grader Sydney Riska portrays NASA employee Katherine Johnson for her wax museum figure.