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EXAMPLES: BRINGING MY HERO INTO THE CLASSROOM (Elementary)

The MY HERO Project has been used in classrooms around the world since 1995. Here are some timeless examples:

OUR HEROES OURSELVES

This unit, written by teacher Billie-Jo Grant, is an All School project, and though it's intended for elementary students, many parts are applicable to middle and high school students as well.

"As they identified and researched heroes from the nation and world at large, as well as local and regional heroes, students learned to recognize and appreciate “unsung” heroism in themselves, at home, at school, and in their community. The unit is centered on cross-age groupings, and includes online and real time research, as well as various presentations, including those of outside visitors."

Our Heroes Ourselves Lesson Plan Link
Credit: MY HERO

Wanted: A Few Good Heroes (A Play in a Box)
Credit: MY HERO

Wanted: A Few Good Heroes (A Play in a Box)

Teacher Kimberly Kenna shared a lesson she used with her students. Its hands-on nature may appeal to those students who have been difficult to reach through traditional teaching methods. By exploring the lives of some well-known heroes, students will then be on the lookout for heroes in their own community. The ultimate goal of this project is to inspire students to look within themselves to find a way to inspire others. Please note that there are many ways to tweak these lessons depending upon the age and abilities of your students. Appropriate for K-4th grade. 


 

Inspire your students by watching this film, Call to Action Kindness Project. This film shows the efforts of students in 6th grade shared ways to be kind with 2nd grade children to promote a more positive culture in their school and community in Ontario, California. 

What can your students do to promote kindness and be a positive role model for younger students? Share your project with MY HERO.

 

Call to Action Kindness Project Film Link
Credit: Gillum's Class

 

Kindness Letters 

This photo shows kids in 2nd, 4th and 6th grade working on kindness letters as a way to we combat bullying with kindness. The project consisted of the children picking a name of a fellow club member out of a bag and making them an encouraging card. Every child , 80 in total,  participated in making at least one card and receiving one.

Your students are encouraged to work on letters and cards to promote kindness within their school community. This can be done as a class activity or older students writing cards for younger students.

Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach TLC Branch
Credit: Dalene Hamer

Sticky notes promote acts of kindness in schools
Credit: Students at Dixie Bee Elementary School

 

Students at Dixie Bee Elementary School in Terre Haute, Ind., post positive messages about fellow classmates and the school's staff. SPPRAK, Special People Performing Random Acts of Kindness, a local not-for-profit, sponsored this program that literally 'notes' random acts of kindness by students, teachers, and staff.


365 Days of Heroes Calendar (myhero.com/calendar)
Credit: MY HERO

Use MY HERO's online calendar every day of the year.

Students can learn about diverse heroes from stories, art and films curated from our growing media library. 

Multimedia thematic lesson resources have been curated from our calendar to use throughout the year. 


Organizer created on 7/3/2020 12:54:02 PM by Laura Nietzer

Last edited 1/17/2021 10:52:22 AM by Laura Nietzer

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