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Concordia Students Create Wax Museum to Learn History

December, 2013
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concordia-wax-museumEach year the Grade 5 classes at Concordia International School Shanghai participate in a ‘Wax Museum’, where they dress up as a character from the American Revolution era. The students dress up like the historical characters they choose as they tell the audience – their parents and classmates – all about their life and their personal contribution to the Revolutionary War.

The event is the culminating activity for a unit of work that begins with exploration of the 1400’s-1700’s, continues to the colonizing of America, and then focuses on the American Revolution. The students delve into the past and find out what life was like in very early America. The children had about five weeks to do their research, taking notes on their iPads and preparing their speeches as well as costumes.

“This makes history come alive for the students as they uncover the ideas and interests involved in forging the revolutionary movement and its outcome. It is more fun for the students than just learning from books or writing. They are also able to learn from each other by practicing their speeches and listening to other children’s speeches,” commented Lisa Carroll, a Grade 5 teacher at Concordia.


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