Even Firefighters Hug Their Momsby Christine Kole MacLean
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- Activities to Honor Heroes
These three activities will enable students to identify the characteristics of a hero and complete a project that reflects the person.
- Appreciation Cards
Have students make Appreciation Cards for people who have jobs that impact the students'.
- Characteristics of Heroes
Write a list of character traits on the board (like bravery, intelligence, etc). Go through the character traits one at a time and discuss whether each particular trait would make a person a hero. Then have the group write down which of those traits they see in their friends and in themselves.
- Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey
This inspiring true story is about a retired New York City fireboat that came back into service to assist during the September 11 terrorist attacks.
- Empathy and Peace-Building Activities
Use these activities with young children to help them learn about each other, communicate positive messages, and more.
- Firefighter Cut-Out Badge
Have students color and cut out the Winfield Firefighter badge. Then, have them wear the badge while writing a short story about why firefighters are so important to communities. Each student can then read his story to the class wearing his badge.
- Hero Hats
Spark the imagination of your students and have them act out mini-plays using the cut-out hero hats of a police officer, a firefighter, and a nurse/EMT.
- If I Were a Hero, I Would...
Have your students write an essay called, "If I Were a Hero, I Would…" Will they care about their friends, help their parents, be kind to people, say hello to neighbors? This exercise encourages students to think of themselves as heroes and feel good about it.
- Let's Explore!
The little boy in Even Firefighters Hug Their Moms pretends to be an astronaut. Have students create a story about space using the pictures on the Let's Explore worksheet.
- Listing Heroes
Write a list of professions on the board (like police officer, firefighter, teacher, etc). Go through each profession and have the children name people they know in those professions. Then discuss whether those people are heroes and how they can affect the lives of other people.
- Shape Poems
Create shape poems that tie in with the book Even Firefighters Hug Their Moms. Poem shape examples include a firefighter's hat, the space shuttle, a garbage truck, and a tall building.
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