Fletcher Elementary School Holds Colonial America Wax Museum

Fletcher Elementary School fourth graders recently presented their annual Wax Museum. Students studied Colonial America in their ELA modules and teachers, Diane George, Jeanette Lo Bello, Andrea Marsh and Ardy Baldwin helped students bring the modules to life by having students portray local historical figures in the Homespun Era, which was part of Colonial American, and also the Victorian Era to give them glimpses of what life was like in different time periods. Scenes depicted in the Wax Museum included: Homespun Era (General Store, Kitchen, Early Schools and Christmas Tree) and Victorian Era (Toys and Games and The Gathering).

In the ELA module, students learn about what life was like in Colonial America. They go on to study the many roles people played in a colonial settlement and how necessary their interdependence was for survival. Students select one role to explore more deeply through various forms of nonfiction texts. With an emphasis on making inferences, summarizing informational text, basic research (note-taking and pulling together information from a variety of texts), this module will foster students’ abilities to synthesize information from multiple sources and integrate research into their writing.

In preparation for their Wax Museum, students not only studied the Colonial era in class and but also visited the Fenton History Center where students discovered more about the time periods and how they relate to the history of Jamestown. Each student was also assigned a local historical figure. They viewed information about that person including learning to infer details from primary source documents. Students discovered more about geography, New York state history and reading and writing through the Wax Museum.

The Fenton History Center provided the costumes and teachers collected the artifacts and props used in the wax museum. Students in Andrea Marsh’s class contributed a Homespun Christmas Tree representing the simplicity of the era by creating homemade ornaments used at that time including string popcorn, cranberries, candles, cut flowers and pinecones.

“The students were extremely excited to be a part of the Wax Museum,” said George. “Dressing up as a character, learning about the history of their character and being involved in this unique experience are all very highly motivating. We were very proud of the student’s ability to perform, and bring to life, an era of history. The children were proud to share the Wax Museum with family and friends.”

A special thanks to the Fletcher Elementary School PTA who provided the resources for students to participate in the Local Lore Program at the Fenton History Center.