Famous Missourians

Friday, March 18, 2016

The Assignment

We will soon be starting our Famous Missourians unit. To conclude this unit students will be participating in a living museum. I am telling you this now because students are being asked to dress up like their famous Missourian for the living museum. Here is some more information:

On Wednesday, May 18, 2016 from 9:15-10:15am and then again from 1:30-2:30pm our class will be transforming into Famous Missourians and participating in the Living Museum. The museum will be located in the cafeteria and gym during those times. Family is encouraged to come and view one of the museum times after signing in at the office. Other grade levels will also be viewing our class’ museum.

During the living museum, each student will do the following:

1. Be dressed as their Famous Missourian.

2. Have a Visual Aid to represent their Famous Missourian (poster, tri-fold, diorama, prop, they can be their own visual aid)

3. Deliver a memorized speech to the audience.

4. Have fun representing their Famous Missourian while being serious about their character!

Dressing as their Famous Missourian

Each student must dress like their Famous Missourian. All costumes are due at school on May 13, 2016. If you would like to send in your child’s costume the day before, that would be great as well. If you are having trouble figuring out what your child should wear, please let me know and I will help.

Visual Aid

Each student must have a visual aid for their Famous Missourian. The visual aids can include a poster, diorama, prop, etc. Be creative! Please do not feel like you must go and buy special items for this project. Use what you have at home. Parents must turn in ALL toy guns to the office when they are not being used at the museum and must be picked up by a parent. If you have a special and/or valuable visual aid, you can bring that in the day of the living museum and take it home. Visual aids are due at school on May 13, 2016.


Each student will deliver a memorized speech. In this speech, they will talk as if they are their Famous Missourian. We will be working on our speeches this quarter and will put them on note cards. We will be practicing our memorized speeches here at school. Please have them practice at home as well, when we get to this point.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Student Choices

The students were asked to discuss their choices with you BEFORE choosing. They will fill out their choices on our Google Classroom. When they fill this out, they will be assigned a Famous Missourian. At this point, here is our list.

Greta - Laura Ingalls Wilder, author

Jenna - Sacajawea, interpreter and guide

Kansas - Molly Brown, survivor of the Titanic

Cora - Pearl White, actress

Sloane - Susan Blow, teacher

Mia - Helen Stephens, Olympic athlete

Alexa - Walt Disney, animator

James - Jesse James, outlaw

Eben - Thomas Hart Benton, inventor

Evan - Stan Musial, baseball player

Braden - Ulysses S. Grant

Wyatt - Harry S. Truman, president

If your child is not on the list, they have not completed their homework. Their homework was to talk to you about their list. After discussing the list, they could then choose their Missourian on our Google Classroom.