Saturday, March 24, 2012

Hanging out in our hallways


This was such a fun and creative project that I just had to share!  At our school we have a "Museum Night" (Open House) where parents go through all the grade levels (6 classes of each, K-5) and see different projects.  This year fourth grade decided to do a "Historical Figure Project".  This was an "at home project" and we got great feedback from our families. Students chose a historical figure they wanted to research.  We tied this learning opportunity to our Expository Writing standards and had the students hand write their papers instead of type them up.  This really helped prevent the whole "copy & paste" from the internet papers.  After my students chose who they wanted to research I googled images of their historical figure and printed out a head.  I sent home a "head" of their historical figure and these instructions {Click here to download}.
I was so pleased and excited to see the finished products! They turned out FABULOUS!!!!!   Our fourth grade team adorned the halls with these incredible historical figures and the writing that went with it. All the visitors just loved what they saw and were really impressed with our awesome 4th graders.  Here are some examples of just a few of the wonderful figures:

Anne Frank
Steve Jobs
Sitting Bull
Picasso

Even though this isn't a bulletin board you certainly use the idea for a bulletin board. And because of this I have joined Miss B, Busy Bee's Bulletin Board Linky Party!  Click on the bee pic above and see other bulletin board ideas!  

What kind of displays or activities do you do for your Open House?


28 comments:

  1. Replies
    1. Thanks Miss T! I loved how they turned out too!

      Delete
  2. I love these! What a fun project! Thanks for the idea. :)

    Loose Shoelaces

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You are welcome Heather! This is the first year we tried this and they turned out so good we are going to do them every year.

      Delete
  3. Wonderfully creative and fun, too! Your students did an outstanding job! Bravo!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Nena! I am proud of my little froggies :)

      Delete
  4. These turned out great! Very creative too!

    ReplyDelete
  5. So you provided the cut-out head for each student?

    ReplyDelete
  6. Yes, I provided the head for them. I didn't cut it out though. I just handed them a head printed out on a piece of cardstock and the instructions. :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. I love those!Thanks for sharing the idea.
    I teach at the junior high level and sadly we don't do much for open house. I usually try to have a few things to show the parents. This last open house (we have one every nine weeks) we had ourRoman projects to display.
    Joy
    Teaching Living History Blog

    ReplyDelete
  8. I love these. Thanks for sharing the idea. I teach at the junior high level and sadly we don't do much for open house. Although at the last open house (we have four a year) we did display our Roman Civilization Projects
    Joy
    Teaching Living History Blog

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Joy! I think these would work at the Junior High Level too with a little modification in the instructions. :)

      Delete
  9. These are Great!! I know I would do this if I had my own classroom! Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  10. These are so cute. A friend told me about a school that did something similar to this, but they called it Wax Musuem. The students dress like there person and had a presentation board. On their hand they had a dot sticker that said press. The students had to stand perfectly still till someone pressed the bottom and then them would do their presentation. When they were finished, they went back to being still. Sorry to ramble, but your great idea made me think of that great idea, and I thought to share. Great work!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for sharing May! My daughter did the wax museum thing in third grade. It was awesome.

      Delete
  11. This year as a part of our open house, the kids made a treasure map - complete with key and compass rose and then created directions using scale of how to find the "treasure". Although I will make a few changes next year (ie starting earlier) it was successful for the first year.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I love these! Thanks for sharing. I might do something similar with my second graders during our study of biographies. Super cute! I am your newest follower. Come visit my blog sometime! :)
    ~Jen
    Hello Mrs Sykes

    ReplyDelete
  13. So cute! You should link up with my bulletin board linky!

    Miss B, Busy Bee

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Alysia! I just linked up to your linky party :)

      Delete
  14. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Our last book report is a biography report and I have the students dress up as the person. I love how you created something to display!
    Danielle
    For the Love of Fourth Grade

    ReplyDelete
  16. I teach 4th grade and we are getting ready to do our Famous Mississippian Reports. We teach MS History and this will be great for my kiddos! I am giving this as one of my three choices along with a written/typed report. Thanks so much for sharing!!

    ReplyDelete