National Grandparents Day Lesson Plan
MY HERO encourages students to recognize and honor the contributions of their grandparents and older generations. Lesson plan includes discussion questions and learning outcomes.
Knitting with Grandma: 2023 MY HERO Robert Shetterly Portrait Contest Student Winner
Students are invited to share the story of their grandparents with MY HERO through stories, artwork, short films, or spoken word using the Create Program Digital Storytelling Tools.
1. Interview one of your grandparents. Ask them to share stories, photograph albums, and mementos from when they were younger.
2. What did you learn about your grandparent(s) that you did not know before? Share that story with MY HERO?
3. Were any of your grandparents immigrants? Share their story.
4. Consider filming or recording an interview with one of your grandparents to share with MY HERO.
5. What is it about your grandparent that makes him or her special to you? What memories do you have of time spent together? Share your story through written word, film, song, or art with MY HERO.
Students watch some or all of the following films that feature heroes we admire--grandparents--and consider the suggested activities.
With his parents’ break up at the forefront of his mind, a young boy seeks escape and someone to talk to. He seeks solace under the stars with a message for his Grandad, who doesn’t need to reply, but just to listen. (6:10 minutes)
A young woman talks to her hero, her grandmother, who tells her stories of her early life in Australia. (3:12 minutes)
A grandmother's recollections of people who helped her as a Jew in Europe during the Holocaust - English subtitles (8:25 minutes)
After reading the following stories written by students about their grandparents, consider the discussion questions and activities. Students are encouraged to write a story about one of their grandparents to share with MY HERO through our create program.
Parlui Valentina saved her two grandchildren from a house fire caused by a broken TV.
Nicoleta's great grandmother, Tatiana Mihalache, was deported to Siberia during the Axis Invasion of the Soviet Union.
Students analyze the artwork below honoring grandparents and their heritage, then consider creating an original work of art or taking a photograph that tells a story about their grandparents and submit their artwork to the MY HERO Gallery.
Study the student drawings and collage below from our Gallery. Students are encouraged to create a picture of their own grandparent or a collage that represents their grandparents. They should include a sentence or paragraph about why their grandparent is a hero to them when submitting their original artwork to MY HERO.
"We all know grandparents whose values transcend passing fads and pressures, and who possess the wisdom of distilled pain and joy. Because they are usually free to love and guide and befriend the young without having to take daily responsibility for them, they can often reach out past pride and fear of failure and close the space between generations."
Recommended Books honoring Grandparents
Picture Books for Younger Students
Graphic Novel Recommended for Students 10 - 14 year old Students
Students develop a deeper respect for their grandparents and challenges they may have faced. They will develop a better understanding of the contributions of previous generations.
The National Grandparents Day lesson plan was created by MY HERO Education Outreach Director Laura Nietzer.
MY HERO Calendars for use in the Classroom
Students can share their Hero Essays, Films and Art through our Create Program
Organizer created on 7/30/2019 9:34:33 AM by Laura Nietzer
Last edited 8/17/2023 12:29:13 PM by Laura Nietzer