Celebrate Heroes with Lyle!
Ask the students if they have a hero in their personal life and why. Each student must be able to speak about why this person has been a hero. To honor Lyle and how he exemplifies heroism, throw a "You Are My Hero" celebration. Students decide who they would like to invite to the party. This can be anyone they know, such as a family member, school faculty member or church member who is their hero.
Planning the Party:
Download the You Are My Hero invitation by, Laurie Patsalides to plan the celebration. Have the students complete the form (except for the last line; the form should be returned).
Decorate the classroom, with pictures of heroes (including Lyle!). Here is a great download of a picture of Lyle to use to decorate the classroom (scroll down to the last page; you may also enjoy using these Lyle activities).
Create a thank you banner; invoke student help and elicit help from the Art teacher. Have each student sign it.
Plan time to teach the students the song, "The Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler. Write the words on chart paper. Elicit help from the Music teacher to teach the song.
On the Day of the Celebration:
Have the room fully decorated.
Have the student-made books on display. Also include books you have read about Lyle, heroes, and good citizens for display.
Begin with a short speech as to why the celebration is being held. Choose a student to speak about why Lyle is part of the celebration.
Have the students sing the song.
Each "hero" should leave with a carnation and/or an award at the door.
Take photos as this activity makes for a great slide show at the end of the school year.
To conclude these activities, review how a book series is created and what it means to be a hero and good citizen.