Bravery Badges

Bravery Badges lesson plan

St. George’s Day (or any day) is the perfect time to celebrate brave deeds. Create colorful bravery badges for yourself or to present to friends.

  • 1.

    St. George was a kind, courageous, honest knight who protected people. He is the Patron Saint of Great Britain, Portugal, Catalonia, Aragon, and Lithuania. He is also one of the patron saints of chivalry. The British flag has the rectangular cross of St. George as its foundation, overlaid with the crosses of St. Andrew of Scotland and St. Patrick of Ireland.

  • 2.

    The St. George Cross is an award presented for acts of great heroism or incredible courage while in extreme danger. In Great Britain, April 23rd is a day set aside to honor St. George’s memory with parades, battle reenactments, and celebrations. Find out more about the life of St. George. Read about bravery in our world today. Discuss with class and list times when students saw or participated in brave acts.

  • 3.

    St. George’s banner was a rectangular red cross on a white background. Here’s one way to make badges that display this symbol of courage.

  • 4.

    Use Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils to draw interesting shapes on cardboard, such as the back side of cereal boxes. With Crayola Scissors, cut out your favorite shapes. Trace them on dark construction paper. Use Crayola School Glue to glue the construction paper to the cereal box backing. Air-dry the badges.

  • 5.

    Use Crayola Gel Markers to neatly print words such as Bravery Badge. Have fun adding borders and designs to your badges.

  • 6.

    Think of interesting ways to add the St. George symbol of bravery to the badge. Cut tiny flag-shaped rectangles from white paper. Use Crayola Twistables to create the bright red cross. Glue the emblems to the badges. Glue jewelry backing to each badge. Air-dry the glue.

  • 7.

    Keep several Bravery Badges handy to reward students' acts of courage.

Standards

  • LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • LA: Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
  • LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
  • LA: Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts or relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
  • SS: Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior of people living in a particular culture.
  • VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.
  • VA: Select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.
  • VA: Identify specific works of art as belonging to particular cultures, times, and places.

Adaptations

  • Students research the Middle Ages and the role of knights.
  • Students generate a list of synonyms for the term bravery. List these on a classroom bulletin board.
  • Students study the life and career of William Shakespeare. When did he live? What is he best known for? What was his daily life like? What would life be like for Shakespeare if he lived today? Prepare an oral presentation for classmates. Dress up like Shakespeare for the presentation.
  • In small groups, students define and discuss the term hero(ine). Create a graphic organizer web chart of heroic characteristics. Separately, make a list of historic figures that you see as heroes. Research one or more of these figures, organizing research into an electronic presentation and upload it to a classroom computer for viewing.