In April, Regis' 2nd grade students performed their Living Wax Museum. Spearheaded by Mrs. Ashley Burke, this is the second year in a row for the Living Wax Museum. After returning from Christmas break, students chose a historical or famous figure to research for this Spring performance. From Jesus to Pope Francis to George Washington to Bono, 2nd grade covered a vast time period with the characters they selected. Ms. Paredes had the opportunity recently to sit down with a few 2nd grade students to discuss their Wax Museum performance. Read through their conversations below.
Wax Museum Character: Alexander the Great
Ms. Paredes: What made you chose Alexander the Great?
Townes: Well, I really like warriors and he was a warrior, and he was almost the king of the world!
Ms. Paredes: What was your favorite thing you learned about him?
Townes: That he won so many battles and was almost the king of the world.
Ms. Paredes: What did you do to research Alexander the Great?
Townes: We had to read the Who Was book.
Ms. Paredes: What was your favorite part about the Living Wax Museum?
Townes: That we get to read speeches and wear costumes! My costume had a sword and a shield.
Ms. Paredes: The Living Wax Museum—how many thumbs up do you give it?
Townes: About 10! That's the highest!
Wax Museum Character: Jesus Christ
Ms. Paredes: Can you tell me a little bit about why you chose to be Jesus Christ?
Logan: Because he's one third of God...it's really hard to say it out loud.
Ms. Paredes: Tell me a little be about what you did to prepare for the Living Wax Museum.
Logan: We took notes and decided if we wanted them in our speech. Mrs. Burke made our speech so it made sense, but we could tell her what we wanted in the speech. Then we also did an acrostic poem on our characters.
Ms. Paredes: So, did you practice a lot at home?
Ms. Paredes: How many times do you think you practiced?
Logan: Maybe 15!
Ms. Paredes: What was your favorite thing about the day you did the Living Wax Museum?
Logan: My speech!
Ms. Paredes: Between 1 and 10 thumbs up—how many thumbs up would you give the Living Wax Museum?
Logan: 9 and 11/12!
Wax Museum Character: Bono
Ms. Paredes: So tell me why you chose Bono as your character for the Living Wax Museum?
Matias: I didn't really chose Bono. I wanted George Washington, but somebody got him, so I got Bono. No one else wanted it, so I got it. Then after that, I was like 'Let's go! I get to do stuff funner than George Washington and you would have to wear stuff from back then, and I don't have to wear stuff from back then!'
Ms. Paredes: What did you do to research Bono?
Matias: I went to the library on our library day, and I got a Bono book and read it. After that, we started taking notes and then we started practicing.
Ms. Paredes: What was your favorite thing you learned about Bono?
Matias: That's hard! His music—how he has peace music and he doesn't use violence.
Ms. Paredes: What was your favorite thing about the day of the Living Wax Museum?
Matias: My favorite thing was actually being the last one because you get to do a lot of stuff! It was really fun.
Ms. Paredes: On a scale of 1 thumb up to 10 thumbs up, what would you give the Living Wax Museum?
Matias: 10 thumbs up!
Wax Museum Character: Pope Francis
Ms. Paredes: What inspired you to chose Pope Francis?
Harold: Because one of mine [on my list] was Jesus and one was Pope Francis, I decided to change Pope Francis to first [on my list] and no one else chose him!
Ms. Paredes: What was your favorite thing you learned about Pope Francis?
Ms. Paredes: What did you do to research Pope Francis?
Harold: We have these Who Is and Who Was books, and we read them, and that's how we figured it out.
Ms. Paredes: On the day of the Living Wax Museum, what was your favorite thing?
Harold: When I was reading!
Ms. Paredes: Did you practice a lot at home?
Harold: Yeah, I read it at home and on the night before, I could not sleep. I stayed up until like 10 o'clock.
Ms. Paredes: So you were tired the next day!
Ms. Paredes: Were you excited?
Ms. Paredes: So, Living Wax Museum—on a scale of 1 thumb up to 10 thumbs up, what would you give it?
Harold: 10 thumbs up!
Wax Museum Character: Bruce Lee
Ms. Paredes: What inspired you to chose Bruce Lee?
Caden: Well, it didn't really inspire me. My first choice was going to be Albert Einstein, then somebody go that. Then it was Leonardo Da Vinci, then somebody got that. Then, I can't remember what my other one was, but then somebody got that. So, Mrs. Burke found a book and said, 'Oh, Caden! You might like this guy! His name is Bruce Lee.' And, I do tae kwon do myself a few days after school each week, and so I was like, 'Yeah! That's perfect!' So, I enjoyed learning about kung fu and tae kwon do and the guy that actually invented it, and it was really fun!
Ms. Paredes: So, it ended up being a good choice?
Caden: VERY good choice! Since I do tae kwon do, I had a belt and an outfit that Bruce Lee would have worn, so I just put that on, and that suited me very well because it was my size, it looked like Bruce Lee, and it was perfect!
Ms. Paredes: Did you watch any movies with Bruce Lee in them?
Ms. Paredes: So, what did you do to research and learn more about him?
Caden: Well, I read this book about him, and I figured out that he died from a headache when he was only 32 years old. He invented a martial arts system called Jeet Kune Do, and he taught Kung Fu to actors. He was a huge star in Hong Kong. He was basically a celebrity.
Ms. Paredes: What was your absolute favorite thing you learned about him?
Caden: He did tae kwon do!
Ms. Paredes: Did you practice a lot for the Living Wax Museum?
Caden: We practiced for months!
Ms. Paredes: You enjoyed the whole performance on the day of?
Caden: Yeah, I enjoyed the WHOLE performance. Then after, when I got on stage, I was like "How am I going to do this?"
Ms. Paredes: How did you feel when you got up there?
Caden: I had butterflies in my stomach. I wanted to puke. It was so nerve[wracking]. I was very nervous because I didn't know how to pronounce the word 'genre.' So, I was like, "Dad, what is this word?" and he was like, "Oh, it's genre! It's spelled very, very weirdly." I went up on stage, and I knew the word. Now, I know how to say my entire speech mentally, like no paper needed!
Ms. Paredes: What was your absolute favorite thing on the day of?
Caden: That we had a party after!
Ms. Paredes: So, on a scale of 1 thumb up to 10 thumbs up, what would you give the Living Wax Museum?
Caden: I would give it about a 10 thumbs up because everybody was so detailed and so good at their actor. And, I was like, "Huh, everybody has a certain connection to their wax figure." My connection was I do tae kwon do, [Bruce Lee] does tae kwon do. Almost everybody had a connection to their wax character. That's pretty unique!
Ms. Paredes: That's pretty insightful! Thank you, Caden!
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