Woodland students play favorite historical figures at Science and Social Studies Extravaganza

Brandon Paykamian • May 16, 2019 at 7:02 PM

After weeks of biographical research, students at Woodland Elementary School portrayed their favorite historical figures during Thursday’s Science and Social Studies Extravaganza. 

In the days leading up to the event, the students designed posters featuring facts about each figure before dressing in character. Students took on the likeness of figures such as Henry Ford, Neil Armstrong, Albert Einstein, Hellen Keller, past presidents and more.

Mary Archer, a third-grade instructor at Woodland, said the project began in April as a way to combine research and art. 

“We wanted the kids to be able to be creative, research and explain an inventor or historical figure,” she said. “I’ve even learned things I didn’t know about these characters.” 

On each student’s poster was a “button,” much like what you would find in a wax museum. When teachers and parents hit the button, each student “became” their favorite historical figure. 

Third-grader Nick Davies played Henry Ford. He said he found it interesting that Ford manufactured “over 2 million cars.” 

“I like cars and my favorite kind of car is a Ford,” he said. “Henry Ford was a world-famous leader, and he was really inspiring.” 

Baylen Bradley and Ryan Alshifa both played Albert Einstein, who went on to become one of the greatest minds of the 20th century after failing his first exam in college. 

“He’s very smart, and he inspired me because (of his quote), ‘If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid,’” Alshifa said. 

“Why are you stealing my quotes?” Bradley joked to Alshifa. 

Fourth-grader Ayaan Sethr played Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon. He said he was interested in Armstrong’s past military career and the famous words Armstrong said as he stepped on the moon: “That’s one small step for man — one giant leap for mankind.” 

“He never gave up even when he kept getting sick and stuff,” he said, referring to Armstrong’s health problems leading up to his death in 2012. 

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