Plan Inspired by 50 American Heroes Every Kid Should Meet
by Amy Evans of John Beck Elementary School, Lititz, PA
The idea behind this classroom management plan is to reward,
encourage, and educate students when they are displaying the
same virtues as an American hero.
Create a Hero Display in your classroom. (You will need to
determine the number of heroes and which heroes to use in your
display). The display should include a picture of each hero (from
the hero trading cards), his/her name, and the virtue that goes
along with him/her. The display should also include the book 50
American Heroes Every Kid Should Meet, and a poster of the
virtues and their definitions.
Print tickets that include each hero’s name and virtue. As
students in your classroom display the virtues of the heroes, they
earn a ticket. For example, a student showing “patience” would
earn a Susan B. Anthony ticket. A student showing “honesty”
would earn an Abraham Lincoln ticket.
Download sample tickets and a virtues chart
As students earn tickets,
they write their names on the back and
put them in a container for a drawing to be held at the end of the
week. Students can refer to the hero display to find out
information about the hero and the virtue they emulated.
For the weekly drawing, rewards are written on heart patterns
and put in a container labeled “Hearts for Heroes”. At the
the week, the students’ whose names were pulled out of the
container get to choose a heart. Some rewards could be eating
lunch in the classroom, time with the teacher at recess, sitting
with a friend in a special place in the classroom, or any reward
that works for your classroom.