My 4th through 6th grade students (total of 9 students) who range in Reading levels from Kindergarten through 6th grade levels were asked by me to do a research project on an American Hero. There were 6 parts to this project and they were to work fairly independently at their own pace (as long as it was all completed by the deadline which I helped them keep on target with that).
1st Part - Research
My students made research folders like above. As they researched information, they wrote down on the Index Card the information and where they found it. Then, they put the card into the envelope that it fit. This helped them organize all their information easily.
2nd Part - Book Report
I found a great pack from What The Teacher Wants that has the needed papers for this. I had my students search online and in books. I didn't use the exact 120 page book requirement that she did, but it worked out well. Many of my students needed a Text to Speech software, so I used her awesome template and just retyped it and put it in our SOLO program for my students to hear and type into. She includes awesome rubrics and even invitations for your Wax Museum. Check out the product by clicking on the picture:
3rd Part - Life-Size Americans
My students had to make a Life-Size replica of their American Hero out of paper. They had someone trace their own body and then they decorated as the person. I found this idea at The Open Door Classroom and my students absolutely loved it. They had to add bubbles for Wise Words (a quote), Thoughtful Thoughts (an idea), Amazing Action (something they did), and Terrific Trait (something that describes them)
|Jackie Robinson and Thomas Edison|
|Martin Luther King Jr.|
|This child HATES to write and struggles academically with Reading/Writing, but loved this project and look how much he wrote!!!!!|
4th Part - Speech
My students had to write a speech from their American Hero's point of view summarizing their life. Then, they had to record their speech in Audacity, which is a free program that can be downloaded to record on. These speeches were saved and played during the Wax Museum.
5th Part - Visual Board
They had to put 10 pictures and 10 facts on a small tri-fold board to be displayed during the Wax Museum. (You will see pictures of these in the next section.)
6th Part - Wax Museum
The ending activity was a Wax Museum. I could go on and on about how proud of my students I was. This was a HUGE social breakthrough for them as they had to stand there while most of the school walked through. We had our issues with kids being rude to my students, but my students and I agreed that those kids were not making smart decisions by messing with the behavior kids in our school and that we were just going to laugh in our heads at them and be the bigger people! :-)
For the most part, people were very respectful and interested. My students stood there.. dressed as their American Hero. As people came up to them, the viewers would hit play on the computer and the speech would play. Then, they would proceed to the next person. We had the following Heroes at our Wax Museum:
Martin Luther King Jr.
|We couldn't find the exact outfit colors for Jackie Robinson, but he did super good!|
|Yes, we had a girl be George Washington. Look how awesome she was dressed!! She even had boots on!|
Have you ever did a Wax Museum? What other fun hands on projects have you completed? I am looking for more to use this year!