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“Madame Tussaud’s” at Turkey Hill School

“Madame Tussaud’s” at Turkey Hill School

Madame-Tussauds-Write-up-2015Did you know that Elvis Presley invented cool?  Were you aware that Jane Goodall lived with chimpanzees?  Well on April 29th visitors to Turkey Hill School discovered lots of amazing facts about several influential people in history. Upon entering the school visitors were escorted to a mock Madame Tussaud’s museum that spread throughout the outside perimeter of the upper wing. Frozen across the sidewalk were fifth graders dressed up as people from the past ranging from Ben Franklin to Walt Disney. Next to each person was a button. When participants in the audience came and “pressed” their button, each student came to “life” and delivered their speech. Once their speech was complete they transformed back into their wax figurines. “I liked this project because we got to learn more about notable people in history,” explains a 5th grade student who dressed up as J.R.R. Tolkien. Prior to this event, students each chose an influential figure from history. They then conducted a research report, where they had to synthesize information from several sources, including videos, and websites. In addition to their research report, fifth graders had the choice of creating a multimedia presentation on a technology forum like Prezi, Thinglink, Google Slides and Adobe Voice. While the presentation was going on, Fifth Grade Teachers at Turkey Hill live streamed the entire event for family members that couldn’t attend to watch at home. Classrooms were also able to login to the live stream and watch the presentations as they were happening.

 

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