LAS VEGAS - At Richard Bryan Elementary School, students are learning about Nevada historical figures by becoming them.
"You are now going to become the Nevadan that you have studied. Go down into your spot, close your eyes," fourth grade teacher Natalie Perdomo tells the students.
"Greetings, my name is Sarah Winnemucca," one student said.
"My name is Elvis Presley," another student adds.
"My name is Mary O'Donnell-Rose," said another student.
The students dress up as Nevada historical figures to form a living museum. As spectators approach each student, he or she gives a report about the person he or she represents.
"What we've done is focus on the contributions by different people. Each fourth grader draws a name of a Nevadan with all contributions, their biographical information," Perdomo said. "From the essays, they write monologues where they become that person, and we do a living museum."
The students master information about their historical figures – from birth dates, birthplaces to major contributions to society.
"It gives them a sense of pride to be a Nevadan," Perdomo added. "There's a lot involved. There are research skills. There are listening skills, because they've had to listen to each other and help each other."
"There were a lot of steps involved that touch a lot of our standards," Perdomo said. "They will remember this Nevadan forever. It will be something they will carry with them forever."
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