Everyday Heroes!

Your Name: Erica Santiago
School: Vine Haven Adventist School
E-mail Address: ericala04@hotmail.com
Published Date: July 29, 2012
Subject(s): Pathways
Intended Grade Level(s):1-4

Description: Students will create a classroom book about heroes in our everyday lives. Students will create an animoto video to go along with their book.

Pathways Theme, Goals, and Skills:
Theme 1: Heroes
Target 1:
Writes for the purpose of thanking
Organizes final drafts logically
Revises for exact verbs, specific nouns, and adjectives
Target 2:
Sequences events
Retells familiar stories
Retells poems and Bible verses
Writes paragraphs with main ideas and details
Analyzes, compare, and contrasts character traits as well as central problem and solution through maps, notes, charts, diagrams, and written comparison
Sequences through pictures, notes, timelines, charts, and paragraphs
Target 3:
Uses library references, including electronic media for reports
Target 4:
Recognizes names, and produces upper and lowercase letters
Target 5:
Edits for punctuation: period at end of sentence
Edits for capitalization: beginning of sentences
Edits for capitalization
Edits for punctuation
Identifies parts of speech: nouns
Edits for capitalization: first word of sentences, proper nouns, I, titles, months, days of week, initials
Edits for punctuation: periods and question marks

Faith Integration: Jesus is the ultimate hero. During the unit, students will read and write about different bible stories about the miracles of Jesus. The unit will end with the story of Jesus dying for our sins. We will include this in our classroom book showing why Jesus is our ultimate hero.

Technology Standards:
  1. Creativity and Innovation
a. Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes
b. Create original works as a means of personal or group expression

  1. Communication and Collaboration
a. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media
b. Communicate information and ideas effectively
to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats
d. Contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems

  1. Technology Operations and Concepts
a. Understand and use technology systems

Books, references, worksheets.
Pathways Teacher's Manuel for Grades 1&2, and 3+
Daily Lesson Guides for Little Lad, Charlie Horse, Abe Lincoln's Hat, George Washington Carver
Little Lad, My First Book of Biographies: Great Men and Women Every Child Should Know by Jean Marzollo, My Daddy and Me
by Amy E. Sklansky, My Mom by Anthony Browne, Charlie Horse, My Bible Friends, Volume 2 by Etta Degering, Abe Lincoln's Hat, The Bible Story Volume 5 by Arthur S. Maxwell, The Bible Story Volume 7 by Arthur S. Maxwell, The Bible Story Volume 7 by Arthur S. Maxwell, The Story of George Washington Carver, The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles.

Daily Lesson Guides
Microsoft Word
Digital Cameras

Teacher Preparation: Collect all materials and books we will be using.

Student Preparation: Students will need to know how to upload and save pictures from a digital camera. Students will need to know how to insert a picture into a document.

Students will do various activities and worksheets from the Daily Lesson Guides.
Explore the computer and books to find out who are heroes on our everyday lives.
Use Microsoft Word to create pages about these heroes.
Take digital pictures of people you feel are heroes.
Upload photos and create an animoto video.
Take a field trip to the fire station.
Have a police officer visit and talk to the class.

Differentiated Instruction: Students will be able to work at their own level through the projects. Older students will help younger ones.

Multiple Intelligences: Students will research heroes, Students will write paragraphs about the hero they chose for the class book, Students will create their page the way they want, Students will create an animoto video using pictures and music.

Classroom Management and Decoration: The classroom will be set up in centers. There will be a center for each project they are working on and there will be centers about different types of heroes. The bulletin boards in the classroom will feature different types of heroes.

Assessment/Evaluation: I will assess my students knowledge of heroes in the beginning through class discussion.
For my final assessment I bought the app GradePad for my iphone. I was playing with it and I really like it. There are options to assess your individual students in different categories: interpersonal, teamwork, project, oral presentation, and behavior. I can change the criteria for each category depending on what I want to assess. I really like this. I can also export all the data to my email.

For my final project I will use this app to assess my students project. I will assess content, organization, creativity, and material. Under each of these categories there is a clear definition of what is being graded. I will share these with my students so they know exactly what is expected of them and how they will be graded.

Parade of Heroes
Portrait of a Hero
Celebrate Heroes!
What is a Hero?