Students lined the halls of Pahvant Elementary School last week as the end result of a program that combines social studies, English, art and public speaking.
The wax museum is a chance for students to learn about historical figures, while honing other skills, said Jeff Raisor, teacher.
“One of our teachers, Ashlie Robins, had done this in Cedar and brought it to us,” Raisor said.
Students are given an assignment — pick a historical figure. From there, the children are expected to research the individual they selected, put together a poster and also prepare a presentation.
Many of the students even went so far as to dress in costume for their presentations.
The presentations are given like one might see at a wax museum; people push a “button” and the fifth graders talk about the character they are portraying.
The one rule was the person had to have made a positive impact on the world, according to Raisor.
Selections from history included well-known people like Abraham Lincoln, the Wright Brothers and Rosa Parks.
However, there were also some more obscure choices such as Ada Lovelace, the first female computer programmer; Desmond Doss, a medic and the only conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor during World War II; and Wallace Henry Hartley, a man who played the violin on the deck of the Titanic as it sank.
“Some of them might have ended up doing their presentations 30 or 40 times,” Raisor said. “They were so tired afterward.”
The project was a way to achieve many goals while having fun, Raisor said.
“We talked a lot about people skills,” Raisor said. “They had to make eye contact and speak clearly … Even the kids who are a little shy or unsure of themselves did awesome.
“It’s a confidence builder for sure,” Raisor said.
All six fifth grade classes participated in the event, with three presenting on the first day and three on the second.
On their day off from presenting, students could watch their presentations of their peers.
“I made my class take notes on at least six of the other presenters,” Raisor said.
He said this was so students could learn about more than just the person they had selected.
“We feel like it’s been really successful,” Raisor said.