American Heroes

By Letitia Boas and Reyna Garcia
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Daily Schedule

8:05-8:25: Pledge, attendance, lunch count, Daily Language, Daily Math review
8:25-9:30: Reading, Language Arts
9:30-9:50: Recess
9:50-10:25: P.E. (Mon,Wed,Fri)
Computer Lab (Tues)
Library (Thurs)
10:20-11:30: Language Arts (Grammar Skills)
11:30-12:20 Lunch
12:20-1:20: Math
1:20-2:05: Social Studies (Mon, Wed)
Science (Tues, Thurs)
Book Buddies (Every other Fri)
Art/Dance/Drama/Music (Every other Fri)
Students may catch-up time on any unfinished class work
2:05-2:18: Review homework assignments, clean-up, prepare to go home

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 Table of Contents:

Strategies...................................................................................................................................................................1
Cover Page................................................................................................................................................................2
Introduction, Objectives, and Standards...........................................................................................................3
Day One- Initiating Activity.....................................................................................................................................4
Day Two-Honoring Your Hero..............................................................................................................................5
Day Three-The Susan B. Anthony Dollar...........................................................................................................6
Day Four- Heroic Characteristics.........................................................................................................................7
Day Five- Portrait Conversation............................................................................................................................8
Day Six- Masterpiece Flag and Hat.......................................................................................................................9
Day Seven- How Old is Our Hero?........................................................................................................................10
Day Eight- The dance of a Hero!............................................................................................................................11
Day Nine- Our Heroes' Food...................................................................................................................................12
Day Ten- Dress as Your Hero and Book Report Presentation Day..............................................................13
Masterpiece Activity..................................................................................................................................................14
Web Graph...................................................................................................................................................................15
Technology Resources on American Heroes....................................................................................................16
Bibliographies.............................................................................................................................................................17
Learning Styles...........................................................................................................................................................18
Realia Box List............................................................................................................................................................19
Assessments...............................................................................................................................................................20
Appendix...................................................................................................................................................................... 21

1. Strategies:

At-Risk--modifying book report, one on one assistance, pair up with student who loves to help, act out hero
GATE-- Give a speech, computer research, time line of achievements/events, recreate experiment by hero
EL--Cooperative grouping, realia, pictures, diorama, picture/drawing book report, act out hero
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2. Cover Page

3. Introduction, Objectives and Standards

Thematic Unit Rationale

The California Framework Standards states in 2.5 that it is important for the second grade students’ to understand the importance of how heroes from long ago and in recent past have made a difference in others’ live.

In this unit, students will choose someone who is a hero in their life. They will gather information about that person and read a biography about their hero. The student will write a book report and on the day of the report, the student will come to school dressed as that hero. This will give the students an understanding about who their favorite hero is or was; especially when they come to school dressed as that hero. Additionally, this understanding will show them how their hero affected many people because of their contributions to society.

Furthermore, students will be exposed to and learn about new cultural dances of several heroes. This will provide them a better understanding of different cultures in our world. In art, students will draw and color a portrait of their hero for their book report cover. Art is an excellent avenue where students learn to express themselves through their work as artists do. In Social Studies, students learn how history can change the course or lives of others because of their hero. In Math, students will calculate the age of their artist is or would be if they were still alive and the age of the painting or sculpture. This demonstrates how math is always in our lives and every day. Literature provides a wonderful window into learning about the lives of others and its relevance in our lives now. Science is also a great opportunity to incorporate their hero with the lesson.

All of these subject areas are integrated with the unit in order to further the students’ learning experience and expose them to a variety of learning techniques.


Goal:

The goal of this thematic unit is for students’ to gain an understanding on how their hero’s have made an impact in our world and the lives of others. Additionally, students will be motivated to learn about their hero by incorporating the multiple intelligences in the classroom in math, literature, PE, art, Science, and history.

Objectives:

1. Students will be able to retell the important parts in their hero’s lives. Students will be expected to give examples of what their hero did to become one to them. Examples will include achievements, awards, and inventions their hero may have attained.
2. Students will be able to express themselves through the artwork done in class and at home. Artwork will consist of making masks, hats, and flags to reenact the Masterpiece painting. Additionally, students will make a cover for their book report by drawing or coloring the cover for their report that depicts their hero.
3. Students will be able to bring their hero to life by dressing up in typical attire their hero would wear at the book report presentation. Students will be their hero during the morning for book presentation and activities following the book report. Students will remain in custom when they search for other heroes during their questioning other heroes activity.
4. Students will be able to understand and value the traditions of other cultures. Students will be able to gain understanding about the value of everyone in their lives. Students will gain understanding of other cultures by participating and learning simple folk dances of some of their heroes. Additionally, students will learn more about other cultures when they bring and share food snacks during a health lesson.


4. Day One INITIATING ACTIVITY

5. Day Two HONORING YOUR HERO



6. Day Three THE SUSAN B. ANTHONY DOLLAR



7. Day Four HEROIC CHARACTERISTICS



8. Day Five PORTRAIT CONVERSATION



9. Day Six: MASTERPIECE HAT AND FLAG


10. Day Seven: HOW OLD IS OUR HERO?

11. Day Eight: THE DANCE OF A HERO!




12. Day Nine: OUR HEROS FOOD!



13. Day Ten : DRESS UP AS YOUR HERO DAY!

(Full lesson plan)


14. Masterpiece Activity:

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Ulysses S. Grant and His Generals


15. Web Graph:



16. Technology Resources



17. Biblographies



18. Student Learnig Styles



19. Realia Box List



10. Assessments





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21. Appendix:

Strategies-----------------------------------------------------------1
Introduction--------------------------------------------------------3
Objectives----------------------------------------------------------3
Standards----------------------------------------------------------2-13
Social Science---------------------------------------------------1-13
Initiating Activity (Social Science)-------------------------4
Honoring Your Hero (Art)-------------------------------------5
Susan B. Anthony (Math)-------------------------------------6
Heroic Characteristics (Dance)-----------------------------7
Portrait Conversation (Drama )-----------------------------8
Masterpiece Hat and Flag (Art)-----------------------------9
How Old is Our Hero? (Math)--------------------------------10
Dance of a Hero (Fine Arts)----------------------------------11
Our Heroes Food (Health)------------------------------------12
Dress as Your Hero, Book Report Presentation-------13
Masterpiece Activity--------------------------------------------14
Web Graph---------------------------------------------------------15
Technology Resources on American Heroes----------16
Bibliography-------------------------------------------------------17
Student Learning Styles-------------------------------------- 18
Realia Box List-------------------------------------------------- 19
Assessments----------------------------------------------------- 20