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Heroes in Our Community
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.
- 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(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.
- 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.
- 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.