Thanks, Heroes & Heroines

Thanks, Heroes & Heroines lesson plan

Heroes and heroines are people who step up to help in stressful, challenging times. Students connect with helpers by creating a card to express your thanks.

  • 1.

    Invite students to identify thier heroes and heroines. Brainstorm a list of people who lent someone a helping hand. What people are helping others anywhere in the world? Write your list with Crayola Dry Erase Markers on a classroom white board.

  • 2.

    Encourage students to choose one person on the list to thank. Provide each child with construction paper, Crayola Construction Paper Crayons, and Ultra-Clean Markers. Instruct students to fold the construction paper in half to begin their cards.

  • 3.

    Students draw pictures or write words on the front with crayons and markers. Cut out paper shapes with Crayola Scissors and attach them to the card with a Crayola Glue Stick if so desired. Add details and lots of color.

  • 4.

    Inside the cards, students write words of thanks and sign their names. Give or mail cards to heroes or heroines.


  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher led) with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • LA: Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
  • MATH: Draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles.
  • SS: Explore and describe similarities and differences in the ways groups, societies, and cultures address similar human needs and concerns.
  • SS: Compare ways in which people from different cultures think about and deal with their physical environment and social conditions.
  • SS: Analyze a particular event to identify reasons individuals might respond to it in different ways.
  • VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.


  • For this lesson, have a variety of short biographies available for students to view focused on identified heroes.
  • Encourage students to interview parents and grandparents about who their heroes are. Prior to beginning this activity, students work as a class to write interview questions for this activity. Have the questions word processed and a copy available for each student in the class.
  • In place of a saying inside their cards, encourage students to compose a poem focused specifically on the accomplishments of their self-selected heroes or heroines. Display student cards in the classroom for sharing with classmates.