Living Museum Held at Puster Elementary
Puster Elementary held their annual third grade Living Museum on Feb. 13. This interactive exhibit was on display in the cafeteria and gym and featured a wide variety of historical figures including King Tut, Roberto Clemente, Groucho Marx, Albert Einstein, Amelia Earhart, Annie Oakley, Marie Antoinette and so many more.
Each third grader wore a costume representing the historical figure they chose to research. They stood behind a red button that was placed on the floor. When the button was pressed, the student would present facts about their historical figure in first person. The event was well attended by parents. Students from each grade level also attended the Living Museum.
Sarah Robertson, a third grade teacher at Puster, described the parameters of the Living Museum assignment, “Students were asked to choose a significant figure that could either be living today, or someone who has passed that they want to study. Students were encouraged to choose people from history that have made significant contributions to society that we study for positive citizenship and character traits. Once students chose their historical figures, they conducted research and wrote a speech in first person in order to take on the role of their historical figure for the Living Museum.”
This is an annual assignment which has occurred at Puster for many years. Robertson said, “Incoming third graders look forward to the event and fourth graders love visiting the event from the 'other side'. The parents love it! As a teacher, it's one of our favorite days of the year because the students are so proud to share what they've been working so hard on!”
Robertson explains why this assignment is important, “Students use many research skills while working on this project. They learn the importance of presenting and speaking in front of an audience. As an 8-year-old, it's a difficult task to memorize a speech and it's something they practice at school, as well as at home. They take on the role of their historical figure to showcase the contributions and importance in our society.”