Lessons in history
Famous figures who helped shape history came to life at the Osakis Public School Wednesday, March 28.
It was the annual "Wax Museum" — a chance for fourth grade students to present their homework on historical leaders such as astronaut Sally Ride, baseball legend Lou Gehrig, author Laura Ingalls Wilder and dozens more.
A total of 56 students researched the lives of famous people, living or dead, and then played the part of their character while interacting with the public.
People coming into the "museum" would push a "button" to bring the character to life. The student would present a short biography of their subject's life and answer any questions.
Many of the students dressed up like their character and displayed props or information highlighting their life achievements.
"The wax museum is like a celebration of sorts," said teacher Julie Backes. "The students worked hard for about eight weeks researching their person. Students are required to read at least one book, and are able to use a variety of websites to obtain more information. The students learn how to sift through information and take notes. This project is very cross-curricular — sketching their person in art class, constructing timelines on the computer, creating a poem and public speaking."
The students are always a little nervous before the wax museum, but they end up having a good time, Backes added. "Mr. Kohorst, Mr. George and myself are very proud of the students on the great job they did on their biography projects," she said.