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Thanks, Heroes & Heroines

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.

  • Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Grade 4
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    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.
  • Standards

    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.

  • Adaptations

    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.

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