At St. Joseph Catholic School, American History Comes Alive!
For one day each spring, the fourth graders at St. Joseph Catholic School transform into people, places, and symbols that help tell the story of America; they create a Living Museum. A tradition at SJS, fourth grade students choose a person, landmark, or symbol to research and prepare a presentation.
Each student dresses to represent their subject, creates a display board, and shares information, in first person, with visitors as they tour the museum. This year featured exhibits of Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks, Chuck Yeager, the Redwoods of California, and even Martha Stewart in her prison garb. Students must be prepared to answer questions from museum visitors and are graded on their presentation, research, display, paper, and costume.
“Living museum is such a fun process to walk through with the fourth grade. They get very excited as they begin to truly embody their subject. They learn so much about their own subject, but really, they learn so much from each other,” said Mrs. Harbert, SJS fourth grade teacher.
“It’s a lot of work, but I found out so many cool things!,” said one fourth grade student.
“My daughter loved learning so much about one of her favorite authors (Laura Ingalls Wilder). She took a lot of pride in her work. And all of the projects look wonderful! The kids did a great job!” said fourth grade parent, Hallie Franks.
Each year fourth grade invites all SJS students, teachers, parents, and community members to tour the Living Museum and learn more about the people and things that shaped our country.