April 24 marked the 5th Annual Immigration Wax Museum for the 8th grade class. This project showcases interdisciplinary teaching as students are graded on their writing abilities for English class as well as their research and presentation skills for their Social Studies class. The goal is to teach students about the history of immigration through the voices and experiences of the immigrants who came to the United States between 1824 and 1924.
Students researched information relating to the ethnic, social, economic, and cultural backgrounds of immigrants including their reasons for immigrating, experiences while traveling to, arriving at, and living in the United States. The Wax Museum project was capped off with a 2-3 minutes memorized presentation, in costume, explaining their immigrant experience. Students also created display boards with the immigrant’s home country, country flag, demographic information of the country, and customs/traditions from the home country. Finally, students enjoyed a ‘culinary experience’ by enjoying food from the various countries depicted in the Wax Museum.