RAHWAY — Each year, the fourth graders at Madison School in Rahway, participate in a “Wax Museum” activity. The fourth grade teachers get together to pick a theme for the museum. This year the theme was “Day at the Museum.”
Once the student’s topic is assigned, which could be a person, place or thing, students are given acceptable web sites to do their research and participation in the “Wax Museum” is a cross-curricula activity. An important skill that many fourth graders have difficulty with is locating information. Their research hones in on their technology skills and enhances their information gathering skills, as well as skills in reading in the content area.
Once all the information is organized, the students write a short biography if it is a person or a paragraph about their place or thing. The ability to apply research information to their writing is an important skill for success on the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge test.
After weeks of research, writing, and memorizing, the day finally arrives. Students are dressed in their costume and the auditorium is decorated according to the theme. Parents, community members and school administrators are invited to the “museum” to see the students’ presentations.
(Photos courtesy of Madison School)
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