Teacher Guide for a "Unit of Practice" Project

Making A Difference

By Mary Limbach
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"Why are some people considered heros?"


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Searching for a Hero

Instructional Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes a day for 3 days

Students will use the questions they created as a class in the previous task as a springboard for researching a website to find an individual who meets the hero criteria.

The instructor will introduce students to the hero web site and explain how to proceed with searching. This includes moving forward and back, choosing categories, and knowing what is searchable text.

Next students will open their virtual note cards. Students will copy and paste the research web site to the address line of the Internet.

Students will scan the website until they've found an individual of their choice that they feel meets the hero criteria. (It is suggested to let students know up front if there are categories such as animals or sports figures you'd like them to avoid. Also you may want to have s system for monitoring student choices in order to avoid duplication of a figure.)

Next, students will copy phrases from the website to answer each question. A picture will accompany each note card. If the reading within the site is difficult, a recommendation might be to buddy students up with an older grade who could assist in the reading portion.

If a chosen hero does not fit the criteria, discussion needs to occur as to whether a new individual should be chosen or if the answers requiring inferencing to answer.

As the class is researching, two students will be pulled aside to practice taking a digital picture of each other. These pictures will later be used within the project.

Students will complete a minimum of three note cards, but not limited to three.

Kenosha Unified School District Academic Content Standards
Language Arts/English
Grade 2
ELA.2.1. Applies reading strategies to gain information and understanding.
ELA.2.1.B. Uses reference materials.
Information Literacy
Grade 2
Information Seeking
IL.2.3. Knows how to locate sources and find information within those sources.
IL.2.3.E. Uses print and electronic resources.
IL.2.3.F. Knows that the Internet is a source of information and means of communication.
Evaluate and Interpret
IL.2.5. Knows how to record, organize and interpret selected information.
IL.2.5.A. Uses information to answer a question or inquiry.
Instructional Technology
Grade K-2
Basic Operation and Concepts
IT.K-2.1. Demonstrates knowledge of basic instructional technology concepts and operations.
IT.K-2.1.F. Opens and quits an application.
IT.K-2.1.G. Saves and backs up files to a disk, hard drive or file server.
Productivity Tools
IT.K-2.3. Knows how to use productivity software to organize, create and manipulate information.
IT.K-2.3.H. Uses a prepared database to search for specific information.

1.Hero Research SiteWeb SiteHardware:
Internet Access
2.Hero Virtual NotecardsotherHardware:


Method of Checking for Understanding:
Observations, Student Work