Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Book Character Museum

A few years ago, my class created a Book Character Museum.  I thought I would bring it back with my Reading Round-Up class.  (Reading Round-up is our 30 minute intervention time.  We divide the whole 2/3 grade into ability groups to provide interventions or extensions.  I have the extension group during this time.)

First we picked a book or a book character, if we already had one we loved.  Then we read up on that character.  Either getting to know a new one or getting reaquainted with one we already met.  We had to make a list of what we would need to be to imitate that character and then work on what we would say.  We talked about Wax Museums and how life like the wax sculptures are.

We made invitations and invited all the other classrooms...so they could sign up and come in shifts, of course.  Our room was VERY full.  Some of our character statues overflowed into the hallway.  We sat next to our book and a play button (bottle cap with a sharpie drawn arrow "play" sign.)  Visitors would come to a statue, press play, and listen to facts about each of the characters.
there are people EVERYWHERE!!!
This week we put it all together-
Judy Moody and a Mike Lupica character

 A Warriors cat and Bad Kitty
 A student from Wayside School, Fred and George Weasley
 More Mike Lupica (that jersey was originally a t-shirt!)
 Beezus and Ramona
 Someone on Emily Rodda's, Deltora Quest and Song Lee...one of Horrible Harry's friends
Auggie from Wonder.  If you have not read this book...do it!
 I have no knowledge of this character...but the book looks pretty funny!
 Plastic, from Toys Go Out...one of my FAVORITE read alouds.  (Plastic is a round rubber ball:-)
 A Fairy from the wonderful world of Daisy Meadows and a Puppy from Puppy Magic
McKenna, a newer American Girl book series.  She is gymnast and this girl was SO excited to wear her gymnastic outfit to school!
So much fun and a great way to celebrate and share books.
Happy Tuesday,


  1. I love this idea! I'm a huge fan of everything that makes reading fun for our kiddos!! I'm your newest follower. ;)
    Creating Lifelong Learners

  2. That is a terrific idea1 I bet the kids loved every moment of it!
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  3. I love the way you celebrate being readers. Donalyn would be proud!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  4. How exciting! I bet the kids had a blast getting to know their characters and showing that knowledge off a little bit! ;)


  5. How fun! What character would you choose to be? I think I'd be the owl from Good-Night Owl!
    Owl Things First

  6. This is awesome! We had a "dress like your favorite book character" day when we hit our goal of 1,000 books for our grade level.
    We do a "Wax Museum", which seems similar. My students have chosen a famous historical figure to research. They created a timeline of their figure's life, then wrote a 2-3 minute speech about their person's life and how they impacted history. We do a performance during school for students as our "dress rehearsal", then an evening program for parents. It's one of the biggest parent involvement nights our school does. It's stressful for me, but my students love it!