Third Graders Breathe Life into Early Human Development

35246764702_a111750301_o On Friday, June 17, faculty, staff, and families toured the culminating project for the third grade’s “Development of Ice Age Settlements” unit, a living wax museum designed to illustrate the information the students learned about the lives of early humans over the last year.

Inspired by the types of exhibits the students saw during their visit to New York’s Museum of Natural History earlier this month, the students demonstrated pivotal events in human development. The museum included exhibits on Homo habilis, the first hominid to make and use tools; Cro-Magnons, the oldest known modern humans in Europe; Homo erectus, the first upright humans and first to control fire for cooking; and the Neanderthal, a type of Homo sapiens who lived in Europe during the Ice Age and the first to leave evidence of burial rituals that prepared the dead for the afterlife. In preparation for the project, the students developed the exhibits, wrote scripts, designed costumes, and produced sets and props to bring their exhibits to life.

To see more images from the Grade 3 Early Human Wax Museum, please view our Flickr gallery.