Living Wax Museum=SUCCESS!

So as I was doing some professional development blog stalking/procrastinating, I realized I had never shared our successful Living Wax Museum! :)

Each year this is the most popular thing that we do in 4th grade. In fact, I get questions about it from the beginning of the year because they all remember visiting the previous year's museum, and can't wait to do it!

We start our unit at the end of February. We spend the month of February reading mini biographies about Famous African Americans and understanding what biographies teach us. We even do a little mini autobiography writing unit! Then, the last week of February we do a close read on a different Famous American each day. (I usually choose ones from Ohio to tie into our social studies standards, too!)

I then give my students a week to choose their top three choices for their Famous American project. This way they can discuss it with their parents and really research different options.

Then we are off and running on our projects! We spend three weeks researching and writing our research reports, a week making our brochures, and a week practicing our speeches and getting our museum ready.

Without further ado… here are pictures from our museum this year! :)

{The entrance where I greeted guests and told them about our museum!}

{Mia Hamm, Michael Jordan, and Scottie Pippen}

{Thomas Edison}

{Jackie Robinson, Babe Ruth, and Hank Aaron}

{Captain Phillips}

{Billie Jean King, Clara Barton, and Amelia Earhart}

{Charles Drew, Susan B. Anthony, and Bessie Coleman}

{Walt Disney, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, and Buckminster Fuller}

{Close up of Billie Jean King}

{Rosa Parks}

{Elizabeth Blackwell, Davy Crockett, George Washington, Sacajawea, Sandra Day O'Connor}

{Louisa May Alcott, Mary Cassatt, and Georgia O'Keeffe}

{Close up of Buckminster Fuller}

And this is just a few of my 60 fourth graders who did this project! Aren't they amazing? I was one proud teacher to say the least! Every year I am fighting back tears (or just letting them roll) because I am so proud of how hard they work and their projects! I love seeing my shy students shine while giving their speeches because of their confidence in their work! 

If you're interested in doing this in your room, I HIGHLY suggest it! This can be found in my TPT store by clicking here or on the photo below!

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, friends! :) And hopefully the last few days/weeks of school go by quick… we have 8 more days… eeeek!! :)


  1. This looks like so much fun!! We also do a biography unit, and I have my kids dress up too! They just present to us though, but how fun would setting up a museum be!!

    Mrs. 3rd Grade 

    1. Thank you, I soooo recommend it! Your kiddos would love it! :)

  2. Love all of the pictures! Looks like a fun day! We did a wax museum at my school for the first time this year and it is definitely going to turn into a yearly thing now!


    1. Thank you! I am so glad you guys do one and love it, too. :)

  3. This looks awesome! Congrats on a fun and meaningful project for your kiddos! I know this is weird since you don't know who I am, but I have an interview at your school tomorrow for a few open positions! :) I knew you worked in Wadsworth and thought of you! Good luck with the end of your school year.

    1. Thank you so much. It is always such a wonderful and meaningful day! :) I hope your interview went well! :)

  4. Wow! Well done! This looks like a fantastic project- very engaging!!
    Karli :)
    Creating a Thoughtful Classroom

  5. This is great! We started writing Biography reports at the end of April for Famous Americans that were due today. At the end of next week three of the fifth grade classes will hold a Living Museum for the rest of the school. They will dress their part and give little speeches as classes come by. My fourth graders got to pass out drinks and treats last year and were jumping up and down when I told them they would be doing this project as fifth graders this year. Can't wait!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

    1. Awe, I LOVE to hear that! My students are absolutely in love with this project and enjoy it so much. I am so glad that you guys do it, too! :) I hope it goes so well!