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May 9, 2012

‘Wax Museum’ brings history to life for students

Second-grade students at Bradford Elementary School welcomed family and community members to the Wax Museum last week. The students transformed the school gym into a wax museum.
The museum included everything from teachers dressed as curators to buttons that were attached to each “wax figure.” These buttons, when pushed, enabled each figure to come to life.
This event had students connect the language arts curriculum to the social studies curriculum. It also enabled the students to work on their self confidence and public speaking skills. As an assignment, the students were asked to research a famous person from history. Many students chose athletes such as Babe Ruth or Tony Hawk or inventors like Marie Curie and Louis Braille. Other students portrayed past presidents, royalty and explorers.
Second-grade teacher Nicole Gallant said, “I am so proud of our students. The research, time and effort each student put into their project is remarkable. This was truly a home-school connection activity. The families of our students put in many hours of practicing at home. We are thankful for their involvement.”

Ben Franklin

Bradford Elementary second-grader Maxwell Daigle portrayed Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United States, when his school presented a Wax Museum display open house on May 4.                         

Neil Armstrong

Second-grader Zachary Lopes reached for the skies when he portrayed astronaut Neil Armstrong.                              

Madame Marie Curie

Bradford Elementary second-grader Lidiya Ryan portrayed the famous physicist and chemist Madame Marie Curie.

Florence Nightingale

Second-grader Sandra Dennis dressed as Florence Nightingale, who became famous for her pioneering work in nursing during the Crimean war, where she treated wounded soldiers.                              

Marco Polo and Amelia Earhart

Bradford Elementary second-grader Sameer Quadri portrayed historic traveler Marco Polo when his school presented a Wax Museum. Behind him is Shayla Mitchell, who dressed as the famous aviator Amelia Earhart. Dozens of parents, grandparents and others visited the museum, where second graders dressed as historic characters stood immobile until visitors pressed "buttons" on their sleeves, bringing the characters to life.
"I was born in Venice, Italy in 1254 and I was a famous merchant traveler," Sameer said.
"As a child I wanted to learn to fly and daring adventures made me famous all over the world," Shayla said.

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