Summit hosts Living Wax Museum

Third graders at Summit Charter School put on a Living Wax Museum on Feb. 14 and gave other students a brief lesson about some of the more influential people in history.

Summit Charter third graders portray historical figures during the Living Wax Museum. Photo courtesy of Summit Charter School.

Subjects portrayed included Susan B. Anthony, Amelia Earhart, Albert Einstein, Jane Goodall, and Abraham Lincoln, to name a few.

Mia Krueger portraying Amelia Earhart at Summit’s Living Wax Museum.

Students conducted research and developed presentations complete with “artifacts” relevant to the person being portrayed. Third-grade Teacher Chrissy Hughes said the students put in a lot of effort for the biographical project.

“They chose people throughout history and we hoped they would learn about the character and appreciate all the hard work that they put into it,” said Hughes. “This is the second year we’ve done this, and they did an excellent job.”

Hallie Pineda portrays Betsy Ross.

The Wax Museum was set up at the Summit Center and classes were able to listen to presentations throughout the day. Third-grade Teacher Emily Taylor said students choose their subjects based on their interests and reading level.

Summit third graders gave other students a biographical presentation at the Living Wax Museum.

“The Wax Museum is a cross-curricular project including aspects of reading, social studies, and speaking/listening,” said Taylor. “It’s the first time they’re given a long-range project. They start with a biography and end with a presentation, and I think they did a phenomenal job.”

Townsend Dyer portraying Babe Ruth.

Taylor added that this has become an annual activity.

“The kids see it when they’re young and get excited to do it when they’re in third grade,” said Taylor. “They have a lot of fun working on it.”

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