students in costume standing in line

The Role Of A Lifetime

Have you ever wanted to be someone else, just for a little bit? Maybe even claim their 15 minutes of fame for yourself? Well, these third grade students recently did just that!

students dressed in costumes

students dressed in costume

The 88 third graders at Kennedy Elementary School researched a famous individual, wrote his or her biography, and slipped into character to present that individual in a “Living” Wax Museum on October 31. The project was part of the grade level Language Arts curriculum unit on the genre of biographies.

student dressed up as steve irwinDuring the month of October, students selected an individual whose life they’d like to know more about, worked on research and note-taking skills, and created a first-person oral history and a visual display of that individual’s life. Examples of student choices included Martin Luther King Jr., Susan B. Anthony, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Steve Irwin, Rosa Parks, Taylor Swift, world class athletes, and various presidents, past and present.

For the Living Wax Museum, students dressed like their researched individual and gave a two-minute presentation about that person, highlighting their life’s accomplishments. Additionally, the students each collected artifacts for their presentation that further shared about their individual.

parent taking photo of student in costumeParents, school and district administrators, and other special guests were invited to attend the Living Wax Museum to view and hear the students’ roles of a lifetime.


#FPSlearns   Photos courtesy Bernadette Medbery.