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. …