Bravery on a Bridge—A Heroic Book

Bravery on a Bridge—A Heroic Book lesson plan

Who is your hero or heroine? Create a unique, handmade book that tells the story of bravery, such as Kate Shelley’s remarkable feat on a railroad bridge in the pouring rain.

  • 1.

    In the book Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express by Margaret K. Wetterer, a young girl does something extraordinarily courageous that saves many lives. Read the book to the class or a similar one for more details.

  • 2.

    Ask students if they know someone who has done something brave or compassionate? Have them tell their story in words and pictures, too. This book uses lots of recycled items to preserve natural resources.

  • 3.

    Begin a handcrafted book by cutting several pages, all the same size, from file folders. Glue snips of decorative papers to ONE SIDE of those pages for a collage effect. Air-dry the glue.

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    Add color to the collaged pages with Crayola Markers and Twistables™ Slick Stix™ Super Smooth Crayons. Decorate one for the cover.

  • 5.

    Punch holes in the sides of the pages so the book will fold like an accordion. Loosely lace the pages together with colorful yarn, starting with the cover. Keep the collage sides on the back.

  • 6.

    Color construction paper. Cut it into narrow strips. Use these pieces to lace little twigs into the seams between the pages, going over and under the yarn.

  • 7.

    Write a story with Crayola Colored Pencils on plain paper. Divide the plot into the same number of pages that are in the book.

  • 8.

    Cut small squares of colorful paper. Illustrate and write a story for each page on these papers. Glue them to the inside pages or the accordion-fold book. Share the heroic story with the class!

Standards

  • LA: Read with sufficient fluency and accuracy to support comprehension.
  • LA: Construct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.
  • LA: Report on a topic in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
  • SS: Identify and use various sources for reconstructing the past, such as documents, letters, diaries, maps, textbooks, photos, and other.
  • 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.

Adaptations

  • Students research significant historical figures who are best known for acts of heroism. Prepare a sketch of each of these people using Crayola Colored Pencils and write a summary of the research. Individually or in small groups, students develop a challenge scenario and discuss how these figures would approach the challenge and arrive at a solution.
  • In small groups, students use the handmade book format to illustrate a challenge scenario using Crayola Markers and/or Colored Pencils. Another group of students "reads" the illustrations and arrives at a written story to accompany the illustrations.