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Medal of Honor

Recognize the accomplishments of friends, family members, or people in your community.

  • Grade 3
    Grade 4
    Grade 5
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. Ask students to list ways in which human accomplishments are honored, such as a Pulitzer Prize, Purple Heart, or Olympic Medal, or in the community. Then encourage them to think of people in families, at school, or the community who are brave, volunteer, or do other considerate deeds.
    2. Organize students into pairs or small groups. Each group or team will choose one person to honor with a medal. Challenge students to think of a way to represent their person's accomplishments with a simple design.
    3. Student teams will fashion a medal base of Crayola® Model Magic® about 1/4-inch (8 mm) thick. Embed a paper clip into the side of the medal, leaving one end protruding.
    4. Students experiment with ways to mix Model Magic colors. l) Blend white and colored compound to create tints, or mix colors and black to make shades. 2) Blend two primary colors (red, yellow, blue) together to produce a secondary hue (orange, green, violet). 3) Create a marble effect by incompletely blending different colors. 4) For multi-colored layers, flatten two or more pieces by hand or with a rolling pin or dowel stick. Stack the pieces flat on top of each other and roll tightly like a cinnamon roll. Cut segments with Crayola Scissors. Connect pieces to make forms.
    5. With fingers or simple modeling tools, such as plastic dinnerware or straws, design the medal. Make textured surfaces by pressing objects into slightly stiffened compound.
    6. Add other craft items, perhaps beads, to enhance the medal's meaning and appearance.
    7. Run a 30-inch (70 cm) ribbon through the paperclip. Hang the medal around the honoree's neck, perhaps at a special event honoring volunteers. Students may organize this event and write a brief introduction for each honoree.
  • Standards

    LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

    LA: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.

    LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.

    SS: Identify and describe ways fmaily, groups, and community influence the individual's daily life and personal choices.

    SS: Recognize and interpret how the "common good" can be strengthened through various forms of citizen action.

    VA: Integrate visual, spatial, and temporal concepts with content to communicate intended meaning in their artworks.

    VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.

    VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of ideas.

  • Adaptations

    Students work in groups to create their medals. To accompany their medals, students will design a paper certificate to give to the honoree along with the medal. The certificate should describe the purpose for the awarding of the medal.

    Students investigate medal award recipients. Design posters advertising the award. Also create an electronic presentation that summarizes research about the recipient's accomplishments.

    Invite the school librarian to speak with the class about awards for children's books, including the Caldecott and Newbery Medals. Encourage students to read some of the award-winning books. Why were these books selected for the awards? Have students review the list of criteria for the awards and discover these components in the writing or illustrations.


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