Five for Friday: Heroes

Happy Friday everyone! Boy am I ready for the weekend -
and a three-day weekend, to boot!
I'm heading off camping for the weekend  and am so looking
forward to relaxing, hiking, and picnicking to my heart's content :)
Flower Garden
Before I leave, I wanted to give a recap of our week:
1. Tricks of the Trade: Field Trips
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This week our theme in reading was...
Boy Superhero Driving a Car
2. What is a Hero?
We started our discussion by brainstorming 
a list of what a hero is. 
Little Boy Superhero
Each student made a list and
we compiled ideas to make a class list. 
Then we watched this cute youtube video, "What Makes a Hero"
It talks about everyday heroes that exemplify
bravery, compassion, and a willingness to serve/sacrifice. 
We used ideas from the video to create a list of examples of REAL heroes.
Mom Surrounded By Laundry Teacher at Smartboard with Class
3. Kids Are
Then I used this awesome website that was recommended to me by Pinkadots Elementary.
It has 376(!) real stories of real kids who are making a difference and doing heroic acts in their families, schools, and communities. We read several of the biographies and used our hero list to made lists of the character traits they exemplified
We then wrote journal entries of commitment,
stating how WE could be HEROES.
4. Carnegie Hero Award
The Carnegie Hero fund was started by John Carnegie to award heroes who risk their lives and exemplify courage, compassion, and a willingness to sacrifice. It looks for heroes who's acts often go unnoticed; they do not make history textbooks or encyclopedias, but their acts of service are valuable nonetheless.
We read about a story about John Bundy, the manager of the mine in Cherry, Indiana. A bale of hay caught fire and a worker passed by and saw it, but he did not put it out because he was running late and he thought someone else would do it. But no one did and there was a huge explosion, killing over 200 men. John Bundy had worked diligently to save the lives of his crew and got dozens to safety. He died in the explosion, leaving a widow and seven children.
We compared the acts of that worker with John Bundy. The worker didn't start the fire. He didn't  maliciously want the mine to catch fire...but he did nothing. Which had the same result.
We talked about the quote: 
I connected it to their lives: if you see someone is being bullied, picked on, or left out, then it is up to you to do the heroic thing and intervene. If you just watch, then you might think you're not involved, but you are aiding the bully by doing nothing.
We then nominated people for our own version of the
Carnegie Hero Award:
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5. Letters for Moore, Oklahoma:
In light of the events of earlier this week, I wanted to take a day to focus
on the unsung heroes of the Moore Oklahoma Tornado.
We discussed what had happened and then wrote letters
of support and encouragement to students and teachers:
Welll I'm off to spend the weekend in the great outdoors!
I have planned my blog posts through Monday though,
so I'll be testing the scheduler system :)

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