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Episode 12 — Celebrating Women Brave and Strong
|Grades||K – 5|
|Podcast Series||Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers
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|Original Air Date||Published February 24, 2009|
Grades 3 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
What makes a character strong? Students will gain a new perspective on that question as they read and discuss the picture books recommended for this lesson. Students make the acquaintance of several strong female protagonists as they create and share Character Trading Cards based on these titles.
Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students select, read about, and report on a hero and then identify how their hero matches certain criteria and characteristics. Hero reports are then compiled into a class book.
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 |  January 23
"Famous Firsts" are researched by students, followed by small group research and multimedia presentations to report research results.
Grades 3 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  March 1
A scrapbook highlighting the accomplishments of famous American women is created as a class using the Alphabet Organizer and Bio-Cube.
Grades 3 – 8 | Calendar Activity |  August 6
Students brainstorm a list of famous athletic competitors and establish criteria for what makes an athlete "famous." Students then forecast which of today's athletes will still be remembered in 75 to 100 years.
Grades 5 – 8 | Calendar Activity |  August 26
A representative from the local chapter of the League of Women Voters is invited to talk to students about voting rights and what they can do to be active in politics.
Activities & Projects
Grades 6 – 8 | Activity & Project
Encourage children to spend a little time thinking and writing about just what makes a hero and who their personal heroes might be.
Games & Tools
Grades 3 – 12 | Game & Tool
The Bio Cube asks children to summarize information about a person for a biography or autobiography. The activity helps them learn how to identify and shorten key ideas.