MILWAUKEE — Fifth graders from Maple Tree Elementary in Milwaukee created a living museum for Black History Month.
"Each student was assigned a famous African American," 5th-grade teacher Mary Kay Heinold, said. "They researched that individual, and they did a poster on that individual, and then they did a small speech."
Everyone got into character by bringing props and wearing costumes. Famous figures included people like: Barack Obama, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Nicki Minaj, and many more.
Students from the Maple Tree took turns visiting the interactive exhibit. They would hit a button that said "push" and the "character" would come to live by reciting a short speech about their life.
Students at Maple Tree Elementary in Milwaukee created a “wax museum” of famous African American individuals for #BlackHistoryMonth. pic.twitter.com/yFacp6zyQq— James Groh (@JamesGroh_) February 6, 2020
This project made these larger-than-life figures seem more relatable.
"It sets goals for themselves as far as giving them something they can look forward to. Something they could do. They find out the childhood background on some of the individuals they researched. They were excited to know that maybe they could reach their own goal," Heinold said.
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