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Celebrate Black History Month With an African American Wax Museum

By Beth Newingham on January 14, 2013
  • Grades: 3–5

In honor of Black History Month, the fourth graders at our school participate in an African American Wax Museum every year. It has become an annual event that is enjoyed by parents, teachers, and the entire student body at our school.

In mid-January, fourth grade students are given a list of African Americans (both past and present) who were important figures in history or who have made a positive difference in our world. Students sign up for the person of their choice, who they will represent at the museum as "wax figures" after researching the person, writing a speech in the first person, and creating posters. Students are asked to dress up as their person and bring props or other things that will bring authenticity to their character.

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