The Day When Harry Houdini, Joan of Arc, and Buzz Aldrin Stopped By
Every other year, second and third graders study biographies together. This year, the unit began right after winter break. Every student begins reading biographies and looking for someone whose story inspires and resonates with them. As the students dig in on the figure of their choosing, they have the opportunity to practice taking notes and writing lists with bullet points. The unit culminates with the now-famous “Wax Museum” exhibition, where students dress up as the person they’ve been studying.
This year, there was a wide breadth of people, from astronauts to authors, including Amelia Earhart, Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Harry Houdini, Anne Frank, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Marco Polo, Misty Copeland, Jules Verne, Bruce Lee, Michael Jordan, Albert Einstein, Davy Crockett, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Queen Elizabeth II. One student, Sadie in IA, felt so connected to her historical figure, Joan of Arc, that she cut her hair in Joan’s style for the wax museum! Other students and faculty visit the museum to learn about these influencers of the past. The students in costume wear a button that says “Press Here,’ and when touched, they’re triggered to share some of their figure’s early life, strengths, struggles, inspiration, and character traits. IA and IB students did this work over the winter, and IC students will begin their studies this spring.
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