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Wax Museum Biographies: Bringing History to Life!

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If you're like me, you're tired of spinning your wheels when it comes to research projects. You want something more than the typical elementary school animal reports! Having my students study biographies of historical figures allows me to mesh Reading with Social Studies in a really fun, engaging, rigorous way! Transform your students into wax statues... and make your classroom into a museum! Let the learning begin! This 152 page unit includes extension ideas, note-cards, a Biography Book to organize notes, an invitation and parent letter, a rubric, on buttons, pocket labels, a Biography genre poster and more!

It addresses the following American Heroes: Benjamin Franklin, Garrett Morgan, Lydia Morgan, Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison, Eleanor Roosevelt, Elizabeth Blackwell, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Neil Armstrong, Mary Jane McLeod Bethune, Paul Revere, Sally Ride, Theodore Roosevelt, Dr. Charles Drew, Dr. Daniel Hale, Bessie Cole, Betsy Ross, George Washington, Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller, Martin Luther King, Johnny Appleseed, Rosa Parks, Susan B. Anthony, Alexander Graham Bell, Abraham Lincoln, Amelia Earhart, Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver, Fredrick Douglass, Jackie Robinson, Jesse Owens, Ruby Bridges, Marcus Garvey, Sarah E. Goode, Sojourner Truth, Thurgood Marshall, and the Wright Brothers! (FORTY IN ALL... to pick and choose from!)

If you would like to see some action shots, feel free to check out my blog post: http://oneextradegree.blogspot.com/2014/03/wax-museums-engagement.html

Amanda Nickerson (One Extra Degree)

Amanda Nickerson (One Extra Degree)
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Teaching Duration
1 Month

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On  March 12, 2014One Extra Degree answered:
Yes, you just go into your purchases tab/page, and you can download the updates there. :) The button will be flashing to indicate that it has been updated.
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On  February 15, 2014,  Buyer said:
This is a great addition to my history units! It can also be adapted to be used with Bible characters for a VBS.
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On  April 16, 2014,  Lisa M. asked:
Any chance I can get a copy of the template in a workable format and not a pdf? especially the page put by them - w/ their name, "on" button, pic, etc? We need to create more females- and would like the unit to all look alike?
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On  April 18, 2014One Extra Degree answered:
Hi! I just added thirty-two new people. Most of them are females. :) I hope that helps! You can download the new copy on your downloads page.
On  April 2, 2014Every New Beginning Blog (TpT Seller) asked:
Does this have a bibliography page? My students are expected to cite three or more resources in their paper. Trying to decide between this and another product. Thanks so much!
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On  April 2, 2014One Extra Degree answered:
I did include a reference page where my students can list sources. It's nothing overly complicated though. They just list their sources on the lines. In the future, I may make it look a little more sophisticated. I just bought more clip art to expand the list of famous Americans, so I plan on tweaking a few of the pages to improve the file even more once I add those people to the mix. :)
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On  January 2, 2014,  Buyer asked:
I noticed that you had Bessie Cole instead of Bessie Coleman and Dr. Daniel Hale instead of Dr. Daniel Hale Williams. I was hoping you could revise them. Thanks,
Diana LaBrose
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On  April 17, 2013Sarah Sage (TpT Seller) asked:
Just wondering... I want to add more writing in, would you be able to make a page like the note card pages (2 pages per sheet) that could be for journalling? Maybe with "date: _____" at the top? I want them to write a journal from their character's perspective. I could probably figure out how to cut and paste a hard copy if you can't, but thought I'd ask first.

I love this set!! Thanks so much!
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On  April 25, 2013One Extra Degree answered:
Hi! I plan on making some adaptations this summer. I will take that into consideration. :)
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On  February 1, 2013,  Buyer asked:
Are there individual biographical info/sketeches included in the packet?
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On  February 2, 2013One Extra Degree answered:
This packet does not include biographical information. We use the packet with a bunch of biographies from the library and my classroom library.
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On  January 15, 2013,  Buyer asked:
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I love this! Is there any way it could be emailed to me? I'm planning a president wax museum and just want to change a few words around-for example historical to presidential. Please let me know. :)
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On  January 21, 2013One Extra Degree answered:
Hi! I am SO sorry. I cannot share my original template due to clip art terms of use. I really try to play by the rules to avoid getting myself into any trouble. Sorry for the inconvenience. I hope you understand. :)
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On  January 12, 2013,  Buyer asked:
Hello. I just purchased this. I love it, but there are a couple of minor things I need to change to fit my assignment. Is there a way I can edit your version? I'm having trouble.

Thanks,
Christine
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On  January 21, 2013One Extra Degree answered:
Hi! I am SO sorry. I cannot share my original template due to clip art terms of use. I really try to play by the rules to avoid getting myself into any trouble. Sorry for the inconvenience. I hope you understand. :)
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On  January 7, 2013,  Lisa S. asked:
I recently purchased your Wax Museum packet and I can not get it to download for me. I do work on a MAC but each time I try, it takes me to a web-site that looks like it is not finished and asks me to log in to to TPT. I am already logged in when I try to download it. I appreciate any help you can give me as I would like to have used this starting today (our first day back from break).

Thank you, Lisa Szewczyk
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On  January 9, 2013One Extra Degree answered:
Hi! It sounds like this may be a site-issue, meaning it may be a glitch on TpT's end. I'm not sure what could be causing that kind of a problem. If I were you, I would contact TpT, and let them know the issues you are having so that they know it's happening. Are you able to download other items? If they can't help you resolve the issue, please email me at amanda.nickerson84@gmail.com. :)
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On  August 16, 2012,  Lynn Y. asked:
Hi again! Please forgive me! I finally got the Wax Museum Biographies to open. I'm so excited to use this unit. Thanks so much!
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On  August 17, 2012One Extra Degree answered:
I'm glad you were able to get it to work! :)
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On  August 16, 2012,  Lynn Y. asked:
Hi, I purchased "Wax Museum Biographies", but when I download and try to open, it says the file is empty. Do you know if anyone else has had this problem?
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On  August 19, 2012One Extra Degree answered:
To my knowledge, nobody else has had this problem. I know that TpT has been really buggy since they updated the platform and made improvements to the site. Please try to download it again, and if it still won't work for you, please email me. amanda.nickerson84@gmail.com
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On  April 6, 2012One Extra Degree answered:
Oh, trust me, I'm not! :) I hope you like it!
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Would it be possible to add an 8 Keys of Excellence page to this? How does this person exhibit the 8 Keys of Excellence?
No worries if you can't!
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On  April 4, 2012One Extra Degree answered:
Sure thing! I had to redo the whole document to be able to add something else in since my old computer took a nose-dive and my old software won't work on my new computer. It should be up tonight. Make sure you download a the updated version! :)
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Hi! I was wondering if you could possibly add a page that says "obstacles". It is part of our standards. I love the product! Thank you so much!
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Sure thing! I have had to re-do the entire packet to make additions since I have a new computer and new software. It should be up tonight! :)
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Wax Museum Biographies:  Bringing History to Life!
Wax Museum Biographies:  Bringing History to Life!
Wax Museum Biographies:  Bringing History to Life!
Wax Museum Biographies:  Bringing History to Life!