Alice: Frou Frou Flip Flops
Dosanjh, Kamaljit Kaur, Lucas, Shelly, Social Studies Review
Everyday, we hear about people from the past and in the present who have captured our attention by their remarkable accomplishments. Many of them have made a difference by contributing something valuable to the world, especially through their courage, tenacity, generosity, or charity work. Sometimes, we fail to notice that it is often everyday people in our communities that make significant contributions to society. Furthermore, many of us are unaware of how many wonderful children there are today who are determined to create a better tomorrow. There are many children actively contributing ideas and energy to make a difference. Through various charities, creative projects, or by volunteering their time, many children are becoming heroes! When other children read about child heroes , they often become inspired to do something special to help others.
Alice, a ten-year-old girl in Florida, is one of those children who had a creative idea and a goal. Her mission was to help raise money for the victims of the Indian Ocean Earthquake (Tsunami), December 2004, off the west coast of Sumatra. It was one of the largest natural disaster in recorded history, killing 225,000 people in eleven countries. Alice created Frou Frou Flip Flops, a community service project. At first, Alice wanted to establish a lemonade stand to raise money, but her mother didn't think it would be a good idea, so she started making flip flops. Alice got the idea from her teacher after making them in class for Mother's Day. Alice lives in Florida where people wear flip flops all year. She decorates each pair with ribbon by hand. She creates all different sizes and colors of decorated flip flops.
After selling 50 pairs of flip flops for the tsunami victims , Alice plans to donate part of future proceeds to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Alice's project has introduced her to many dedicated people who also use their time and talents to help others. Alice's classmates have been inspired by her enthusiasm, so they volunteer their time and effort in helping Alice fulfill her orders. Alice has won several awards, including the "Kids are Heroes" award from her local Children's Hospital.
History-Social Science Standards:
K 1;K4; 1.2; 1.4; 2.2; 2.4; 2.5; 3.1; 3.5; and 4.1.
Historical and Social Sciences Analysis Skills, K - 5th grades.
Chronological and Spatial Thinking: 4
Historical and Social Sciences Analysis Skills: 9th - 1 2th grades
Chronological and Spatial Thinking: 3 and 4
Historical Interpretation 5
Principles of Economics 12.1 and 12.1.3.
Visual/Performing Arts Standards:
2.1; 2.2; and 4.2.1
Grade Levels 2-5: The purpose of these activities is to increase students' knowledge and awareness of heroes. They will learn about Alice and the Frou Frou Flip Flops. Students will also learn the definition of the word "hero", create a hero booklet, interview a local hero, draw a picture of their personal hero, learn more about heroes in the past and the present, and learn that, yes, they are heroes, too!
Activity 1: Learn about Alice and Frou Frou Flip Flops
Read the interview with Alice and learn about Frou Frou Flip Flops.
http://www.creativity-portal.com/bc/nancy.mills/alice.html and http://comics.kidzclix.net/2009/03/frou-frou-flip-flops/
Activity 2: What is a Hero?
Begin your Hero Studies activities by discussing the meaning of the word "Hero." Ask your students for examples of heroes. Discuss the various characteristics of heroes.
Define the word "synonym." Then, ask students for synonyms for the word "hero."
List the synonyms on the board. Together, write a class definition for the word "hero."
Encourage students to identify heroes in their own lives, in history, and in literature. Do they know anyone personally who is a hero? Remind them that children can be heroes because they are capable of accomplishing valuable activities. For homework, they can make a list of people they believe are heroes.
Activity 3: Hero Sandwich Booklets
Review this question: What characteristics make a person a hero? List their responses on chart paper or an overhead. Then, invite the students to create "hero" sandwiches to identify the characteristics that they believe are most important in a hero. First, they use construction paper to cut "bread slices ." Then , ask each student to cut a few pieces of different colors of construction paper to represent sandwich fillings (such as meat, cheese, lettuce, and tomato). Have them label each with one characteristic of a hero, referring to the chart you created as a reference. Show them how to stack and staple the fillings between the bread to make booklets. Invite the students to share and compare their booklets to discover that heroes can exhibit many combinations of heroic qualities.
Activity 4: Personal Heroes
To help children recognize heroes among the familiar people in their own lives , ask them to think more about their family members, friends, neighbors, teachers, coaches, and so on. Do they have special admiration for any of these people? What qualities do they admire? Why? Give children time to consider these questions. Then, tell them their homework assignment will be to interview one of these people in the lives. Together, brainstorm 6 or more questions for the students to ask in the interview. Refer to the questions that Alice answered in Activity 1 . Several days later, students share their interviews with the class. Students draw a picture of their personal hero. Display the pictures with the interviews on the classroom bulletin board.
Activity 5: History Hero Hallway of Fame
Students brainstorm the names of some heroes from history. They can honor these historical heroes by creating a " Hero Hallway of Fame." Some examples might be the pilgrims, Helen Keller, Sacagawea, a U.S. President, Martin Luther King, Jr., Johnny Appleseed, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks, Alice Paul, Susan B. Anthony, Davy Crockett, Abigail Adams, Jane Addams, Elizabeth Blackwell, Rachel Carson, Marie Curie, Sally Ride, Princess Diana, Oprah Winfrey and the children featured in this issue of the Social Studies Review.
Next, students create portraits of their favorite hero using crayons, markers, colored pencils, paint, and craft items such as yarn, fabric, buttons, wallpaper, newspaper, and so on. Back the portraits with construction-paper frames, and have students title their work with the subject's name. When the portraits have been posted in the hallway, students taking turns as the Hallway Tour Guide.
Activity 6: I am a Hero, Too!
Provide and opportunity for the students to think about times in their own lives when they helped another person. Bring in an empty picture frame at least 8'' x 10'' large, and remove the glass and backing. Seat children in a circle and pass the frame around. Encourage each student to look through the frame and describe how he or she went out of the way to come to help another person. For example, "I was helpful when I made friends with the new kid," or "I was helpful when John fell off his bike and I brought him to the nurse." Once everyone has had a turn, ask the students if they would like to share about a time when one of their classmates was helpful to them.
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Frou Frou Flip Hops (Alice's home page)
The Spirited Woman.com
Rethinking Schools Online
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
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Global Education, Tsunami Education Kit
Kamaljit Kaur Dosanjh teaches Special Education in Merced. As a child, she was not interested in History, but as a teacher, she understands how Social Studies opens up a whole new world for her students. She particularly enjoys teaching about historical events.
Shelly Lucas teaches elementary school in Turlock. She would like to see more integration of the curriculum so students have an opportunity to learn all of the subject areas. Teaching about communities has been an effective way to help students connect to Social Studies. It is important for students to relate the curriculum to their lives and enjoy learning.…
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Publication information: Article title: Alice: Frou Frou Flip Flops. Contributors: Dosanjh, Kamaljit Kaur - Author, Lucas, Shelly - Author. Magazine title: Social Studies Review. Volume: 48. Issue: 2 Publication date: Spring 2009. Page number: 36+. © California Council for the Social Studies Fall 2001. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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