In 5th grade we do a large hero project. This year to get the kids thinking about heroes and to avoid having 13 MLK and 10 Amelia Earhart's, we started talking about traits of a hero. First we started off by defining a hero and an idol.
Next, we did think-pair-share coming up with a list of qualities that we would want heroes to have. I had each child share 1 trait, and I wrote it on the board.
Then we talked about what we would want our heroes to have. As a teacher, I might want to have a hero who is compassionate, a leader, successful, smart, dependable, thoughtful, inventive, and kind. But as an athlete, I might want someone who is strong, brave, committed, a dare devil, adventurous, and trustworthy. So I had them pick 10 that they would want their hero to have. They wrote it in this graphic organizer.
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The next day, I had my students define 10 of these words. Then as a class we discussed people who had these characteristics. It was a great discussion, and the kids were all willing to share!
Next up, picking the hero!