3rd Grade Students Put on a Living Museum!

     Published on 3/15/16   Tagged under:    Van Duyn Elementary School   

Van Duyn celebrated Black History Month in a variety of different ways. We had a Black History Month Assembly, we had a African American Read In Day, students studied African American heroes like Rosa Parks and Ruby Bridges in their individual classrooms, but third grade wanted to do something a little different. They wanted to bring Black History Month to come to life. For the second year, the third grade team collaborated with the Art teacher and the Librarian to create a Black History Month Living Museum. Students picked a person, researched their accomplishments and impact on society, then created a poster and a 2 minute speech about their person. After practicing for a week, students then presented their living museum on Wednesday Feb 24th and Wednesday March 9th. 

The Living Museum took place in the library. Students set up their posters and then struck a pose, staying still until someone came by and pressed their red "Press Me" button. Then they would come to life and explain who their person was and why they were important. Classes from Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th grade all stopped by to see the Living Museum. Parents and community members also stopped by, praising students on their amazing performance. Third grade students who weren't part of the Living Museum acted as tour guides. Greeting visitors and taking them throughout the library. The whole process was a huge success and students were excited and proud to share what they had learned. 
Ray Charles Ruby Bridges Rosa Parks
Booker T Washington Ella Fitzgerald Muhammad Ali

Marian Anderson Madam C.J. Walker
Ruby Bridges Huey P. Newton
Coretta Scott King Wilma Rudolph Serena Williams