Are you looking for a way to have fun and honor COVID-19 heroes? Then look no further than this simple and easy lesson. Inspired by the blue star flags used during World War I and World War II, this special project will allow people in your neighborhood or city to know what individuals are risking their own health to go into the community and get the essential jobs done to support us as we fight this disease.
|Arts & Crafts, Social-Emotional, Service
|K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
|Make a star to honor those leaving their homes to combat COVID-19.
|GGC Heart Badges
|Scissors, Writing utensil, paper/aluminum foil. Optional: envelope, stamps
|Basic Needs, Health, Rescue, Veterans, General
- EXPLAIN: The world has changed very quickly for you and for everyone because of the COVID-19 virus. Many people have been asked to stay in their homes and not go to work, school, or other places to keep people from getting sick. But there are plenty of people who are leaving their homes and working to help us get through this difficult time.
- ASK: Do you know what kind of people are helping?
- EXPLAIN: Here are some examples:
- Firefighters and EMTs who work on ambulances are helping sick people get the care they need.
- Police officers are keeping people safe.
- Doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel are staffing hospitals and clinics to care for people who are sick.
- Grocery workers and restaurant workers are showing up so we can still get food.
- Drug store and pharmacy workers help sick people staying home get the medicine they need to get better.
- Volunteers are packing and handing out meals to families and kids who can’t afford food.
- Military people are keeping our country and hospitals safe and helping others move supplies into foodbanks.
- Truck drivers are driving supplies places so the people who need them, get them.
- Manufacturers are switching to making products to help protect medical staff by making things like sanitizer, ventilators, and protective masks which are in short supply.
- Mail carriers are making sure we get the mail to keep us connected.
- [Add more as you are aware]
- EXPLAIN: You might be able to think of even more helpers! Today, we’re going to honor those helpers by creating a star.
- EXPLAIN: A long time ago, during a war called World War II, people who had close family members who were serving in the military put up a blue star in their windows or on their porches so that others would know. Today, we’re going to make a star for someone serving in this difficult time.
- Think of someone who is leaving home to help stop the virus in some way.
- Take your paper or aluminum foil or cardboard and draw a great big star.
- Next, make sure your star is the color you want it to be.
- Next, in the middle, draw a picture that shows a part of what that person is doing to be a hero and help stop COVID-19.
- For example, a grocery worker’s star might need a grocery cart, a truck driver’s a truck, a nurse’s a stethoscope, and so on.
- If that person lives in your house, you can stick the star on your window or porch so people know a hero lives there. If that person doesn’t live with you, stick your star in an envelope and mail it to them. Write a letter to explain what the star is and why they should hang it. While you’re at it, leave a star for the mail carrier him/herself!
- DISCUSS: What are other ways you can help those who leave home every day to fight the virus?
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