Storm Lake Middle School turns into wax museum for a day

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Students metaphorically turned into wax figures on Tuesday for the annual Storm Lake Middle School fifth grade wax museum.

Fifth-graders from Lori Gano-Ohlson’s and Abby Weber’s social studies classes researched historical figures, created a poster and then dressed up like them for the public on Tuesday May, 23.

When first entering the school, those who were able to attend were given four tickets to use. A lot of the elementary and middle school classes attended the event to support the fifth graders.

Each child involved in the wax museum was required to dress up as the historical figure the researched and stood silent as people walked by them. Next to those students were cups. Once a person dropped a ticket into the cup, the student or ‘figure’ would speak about the person they were impersonating.

The students spoke as if they were the figures and shared interesting facts as well as the reason they were famous.

Some of these historical figures included the Wright Brothers, Sacajawea, Laura Ingalls Wilder and Louis Armstrong,  among many well-known figures.  This ‘museum’ has been an ongoing event for Storm Lake middle school students for quite sometime, so much so that is has become tradition. According to Gano-Ohlson and Weber this is something that many of the students look forward to doing once they enter the fifth grade.

“It’s just a great way for students to get more involved with the people they’ve learned about during the year,” Weber said.

The project takes students roughly two weeks to do. First, each section of the fifth grade is assigned an era and a person to whom they will research. After about a week of research, the fifth graders created a poster and then designed costumes that they would later wear at the museum.

After the event in the gym, students vote on best costume, most realistic representation, most informative and best poster of each social studies classroom.

These ‘wax figures’ sure gave students and the public an almost a life-like history lesson like no other.