Heroes and Celebrities
Discover who we call a hero. Find out what behavior is heroic and what everyday heroism is. Learn the difference between hero and celebrity. Includes hero and celebrity definitions, children’s stories, examples of heroes, celebrity biographies, worksheets, and lesson plans. There is a link to eThemes resource on superheroes.
Lesson Plan: Heroes vs. Celebrities
This lesson helps teach children the difference between heroes and celebrities; includes: overview, procedure, assessment, and standards.
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Lesson Plan: What is a Hero?
This lesson helps student learn some criteria for determining who is a hero; includes introduction, learning objectives, activities, learning checks, reflection, and homework.
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Fact Monster: Hero
Here is a definition of a hero.
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Who's Your Hero?
Here are letters from children where they tell about their heroes.
PBS: African American World for Kids: Your Heroes
Read short letters where kids describe their African American heroes. Click on the "Read More" button for more letters.
Education World: What Makes a Hero?
This worksheet can help students to identify, think about, and discuss traits of a hero.
Education World: Who Are Your Heroes?
This worksheet can help students to write about their personal heroes and qualities that they admire.
Everyday Hero Program Description
Click on the "Questions and Answers about the Everyday Hero" link to learn what defines a hero, heroism, and courage. Select the "Animals as Metaphors for Heroism" link to learn how certain qualities of heroism can be associated with animals for easier understanding by kids. Click on the "The Hero Template" link for help recognize and evaluate heroic behavior. NOTE: The site has a link to a forum.
ReadWriteThink: Lesson Plan: Heroes Around Us
Here is a lesson plan for 6th to 8th graders. During the lesson students learn to recognize heroic characteristics, to separate heroes from idols, and read about heroes and heroic actions. NOTE: The site leads to websites with guest books and forums.
Learning to Give: Lesson Plan: Power of One
This lesson plan is designed for 6th to 8th graders. Here students can discover the meaning of the common good and find out about local heroes who contributed to the common good. Explore links in the "Unit Contents" in the gray box at the top left corner for more lesson plans about everyday heroes.
Fact Monster: Celebrity
Compare this definition of a celebrity to a hero definition. NOTE: The site includes pop-up and banner ads.
Learning to Give: Lesson Plan: Heroes and Celebrities
This lesson plan is designed for students of third and fifth grades. It discusses characteristics of a hero and celebrity and includes definitions of a hero, celebrity, role model, and more.
Fact Monster: Entertainment Biographies
Select alphabetical letters on this page to read biographies of celebrities in entertainment. NOTE: The site includes pop-up and banner ads.
PBS: Woof! Dog Stories: Superhero Dog
Read a short story to find out how even a small dog can be a real hero.
eThemes Resource: Superheroes
These sites are about famous comic book superheroes and their special powers. Includes Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, Spiderman, and more. There are videos, games, and students' descriptions of their own imaginary superheroes.