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Third-graders dress up, present favorite books

Published: Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
(Christina Chapman)
Bret Evenson, 9, dressed up as a wizard during Thursday's event at Nettle Creek Elementary School.
(Christina Chapman)
Gage Phillips, 9, explains his exhibit Thursday during an event at Nettle Creek Elementary School in Morris.
(Christina Chapman)
Eland Miller, 9, checks out an exhibit at the living museum at Nettle Creek Elementary School

MORRIS – Indiana Jones made an appearance at Nettle Creek School Thursday, as did a magical wizard and even a monkey.

Teacher Sara Olson’s third-graders at Nettle Creek School District 24C dressed up as characters from their favorite books for a “Living Museum” activity.

The students picked their favorite book, wrote a summary, designed a movie poster, made a diorama of a favorite scene and dressed up as a character from the book. Thursday morning they set up in the gym for students, teachers and parents to see. About 200 people came through the museum.

Visitors stopped by each student and heard his or her presentation on why you should read that book.

Bret Evenson, 9, dressed up as the wizard from “The Secrets of the Droon” series book 14, “Voyage of the Jaffa Wind” by Tony Abbott.

“This book has lots of details so you should read it,” Bret said.

He said he loved the project because not only did he get to dress up, but he got to build a diorama, too. Evenson and his mother built a ship from the book out of Popsicle sticks.

Olson has been doing the project with her classes for 11 years. She has continued to do the project for two reasons.

“To show them they can do more with a book than just read it,” she said.

In addition, some children do not think they like to read and don’t want to do it, she said, so this activity gets them excited for the book and brainstorming ideas to be creative with the “Living Museum.”

Gage Phillips, 9, did his project on “Indiana Jones: Indy’s Adventure” by Lindsay Kent. Phillips dressed as Indiana Jones, carried a whip and even had the theme song playing at his table. He said he spent two days memorizing his report to tell the museum spectators.

“It has lots of cool adventures,” he said of his favorite book.

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