Information for Teachers
This investigation is linked to the following C3 Social Studies Standards for Grades 3–5.
D2.His.3.3-5. Generate questions about individuals and groups who have shaped significant historical changes and continuities.
D2.His.9.3-5. Summarize how different kinds of historical sources are used to explain events in the past.
How to search the internet
1 Keep your request short
Fewer words will give a more accurate search.
2 Choose exactly what you want
For example: Arctic Circle Climate
3 Use quotes
Double quotes around a set of words tell the search engine to consider those exact words in that exact order without any change. For example: “Arctic Circle Climate”
4 Use the plus sign (+)
If you add a plus sign (+) between words, the internet will search for all the words. For example: migrate+birds+whales+mammal
5 Use the minus sign (–) to say what you don’t want
Use a minus sign (–) to show words you do not want to appear in your results. For example: if you search for burrowing animals and do not want mammals in your search, –mammals will exclude mammals. Note that you need to put a space before the minus sign for the word to be excluded.
6 Be very clear about what you don’t want
Ask questions and define problems
After reading Heroes, you may have many questions about what makes a hero.
List your questions
- Compare your list with questions that others have.
- Choose a question you would like to investigate.
- You can work alone, with a partner, or in a small group.
You may want to choose one or more of these questions to investigate
Q1. Why do some people become heroes?
Q2. Why are some heroes role models to others?Go to Part 2 Investigate →
Do searches in the internet or in books or talk to people who can help to find the information you are looking for.
Your teacher may suggest suitable websites for further information.Go to Part 3 Record data →
Find a way of recording your information that will allow you to see any patterns in the data.
Data Chart for Heroes
(Download and change to suit your information)
Go to Part 4 Organize, analyze, and interpret data →
Organize, analyze, and interpret data
1. Look over the information you have gathered and the patterns you have found.
How have definitions of what makes a hero changed over time?
What actions can be described as courageous or heroic? Why?
2. Search for other patterns.
Why do some people view others they know as important role models?
Why do people have different reasons for calling people heroes?
3. Makes notes about what you find.Go to Part 5 Present and share →