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Teacher Resources by Grade
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|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
Heroes Around Us
|Grades||6 – 8|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Three 45-minute sessions|
Buffalo, New York
Grades 8 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
After reading several poets’ personal responses to the September 11th terrorist attacks, students write a "then and now" poem that puts their early memories of the event in conversation with their current understanding of and response to the tragedy.
Grades 3 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  January 11
Students explore the definition of a hero and use the interactive Venn diagram to identify the most common characteristics of a hero.
Grades 3 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  May 20
Students consider what is meant by the phrase "Human Hero," think of people who fit into the category, and read a biography of a selected hero.
Grades 5 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  June 27
In the spirit of Helen Keller, students explore the American Sign Language Browser from Michigan State University and try using a few signs.
Grades 5 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  May 30
Observed on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day honors the men and women who died while serving in the United States military. In addition to having celebrations with family and friends, many people visit cemeteries and memorials and place flags on the grave sites of fallen servicemen and women.
Grades 5 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  December 1
Students make believe that the year is 1955 and they just heard about Parks' arrest. Students write newspaper editorials with their points of view on segregation.
Grades 7 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  April 9
Students view Eleanor Roosevelt's resignation letter to the DAR in response to Andersen being denied permission to sing. Students write a letter to a newspaper editor about social injustice.
Grades 6 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  May 11
After learning about the story of Pedro Albizu Campos and his commitment to Puerto Rican independence, students research and share their learning about another nationalist figure from around the world.
Grades 5 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  September 11
Students write about the name "Patriot Day" and how it marks the anniversary of a huge disaster. An alternative assignment could be to ask students to record their reflections about 9/11.
Grades K – 5 | Podcast Episode
Check out these books about two exceptional but nearly-forgotten women—Mighty Jackie: The Strike-Out Queen and Brave Harriet: The First Woman to Fly the English Channel.