This is an amazing fun project that allows students to really show off their creativity and celebrate what they have learned throughout the year about their famous person.
I do this project in 4th quarter and it has become a fun fourth grade tradition. This project, for my purpose, wraps up our social studies unit of study of Colorado History. Each student chooses a famous Coloradoan in history. They can chose someone that we have already learned about like Zebulon Pike or a famous Contemporary person like Enos Mills. I have purchased 42 books on the each of the people they can choose from. These books are from the “Great Lives in Colorado History Series” and the “Now you Know series”.
If you do not have books about individuals for your students to use, they can easily research individuals online and find a plethora of information for this project. Once students have selected their person, their research begins.
Each student gets a research book, this is how this project is presented in this document. The research book has a note taking section, planning section, writing pages, and an exhibit section. This book made it so all of our information stays together and does not get lost inside our desks. We even made a pocket for the back cover where they kept their book and other articles about their famous person that they printed out. On the front cover was their name, their person’s name, and all the due dates. Students have two final projects they use with this research. The first part is to write an informational essay about their person. For this, they use the planning and writing sections. The second part, that makes this project so fun, is the exhibit. Students literally become their famous person that they have studied.
They create an exhibit with a background, props, and costumes and they memorize a small script. This script turns a plain Wax Museum into a Living Wax Museum. Students get a small circle sticker that when touch, they awaken and talk to the visitors by telling them about their person. For the Museum, students invite the school to come during the day to not only practice but to share their learning. They also invite their family members to come that night to share and celebrate their learning.
The zip folder for this project includes:
- A PDF with instructions on the project, a suggested timeline, graphic organizers, and writing prompts to lead students through the process of researching their individual, and creating their exhibit.
- Word Document samples of a letter I sent to parents about the project, signs for the museum event, and a sign up sheet to invite other classes to come see our museum exhibit during the school day.
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