Lesson Plan:

Heroes in Our Community

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June 16, 2015
by Jennifer Fanucchi

Learning Objectives

After completing this lesson, students will be able to write at least two sentences about their favorite hero using the information learned during the lesson.

Lesson

Introduction (5 minutes)

  • Introduce the topic by asking some questions, such as: What is a hero? What is a community?
  • Write down the class answers on a large sheet of butcher paper or whiteboard.
  • Define hero as a person who is admired for their bravery, and they way they help others. Ask the class to call out some heroes.
  • Define community as a neighborhood where people work and live.
  • Tell the class that community heroes are people who help keep us safe, healthy, and happy in our neighborhood.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Show some pictures of different heroes. Great examples include firefighters, police officers, doctors, teachers, librarians, farmers, paramedics and mail carriers.
  • Ask your students what these heroes do.
  • Write down their answers on the whiteboard or a large piece of poster paper.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (5 minutes)

  • Choose one community hero to model how to write a simple sentence.
  • Hold up the picture of the hero, and explain why you chose it. For example: I chose a doctor as my favorite hero, because doctors help us when we get sick.
  • Ask a student volunteer to help you write a sentence about your chosen hero. Remind students that a sentence is a group of words that is a complete thought. It should begin with a capital letter, end with an end mark, and have a subject, or who the sentence is about, and a predicate, or what the subject is or does.
  • After receiving suggestions from the volunteer, write your complete sentence on the board.

Independent Working Time (15 minutes)

  • Tell your students to choose which community hero is their favorite. They will be drawing a picture and writing a sentence about this person.
  • Pass out the Write and Draw Paper, one per student.
  • Encourage the class to write more than one sentence by using the suggestions from the brainstorm to help them.
  • Walk around the classroom as your students work, and help them when necessary.

Extend

Differentiation

  • Enrichment: Encourage students who need a greater challenge to write three or more sentences about their favorite hero.
  • Support: Go over the parts of a sentence with students who are struggling. Help them write at least one sentence about their favorite hero.

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Review

Assessment (5 minutes)

  • Review each child's writing and drawing to assess their understanding of what a sentence is, and what community heroes do.

Review and Closing (10 minutes)

  • Have the students share their picture and sentences with the class.
  • Collect the worksheets and bind together into a class book.

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