Life Shields

K, 1, 2
Students will determine the things that are important in their lives.
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PrintOne Sixty-Minute Class Period
The learner will:
  • illustrate the four things in their lives that they value most.
  • be able to differentiate between the things that they value that are just personal and those that are good for the community.
  • Paper plates
  • String
  • Markers
  • Feathers

De Paola, Tomie. The Legend of the Bluebonnet. New York: Scholastic, Inc., 1983.


  1. Anticipatory Set:
  2. Have the students observe the shields in the drawings in The Legend of the Bluebonnet by Tomie de Paola.
  3. Ask the students to note that the shields are divided into four parts.
  4. Tell the students that they will be creating a shield similar to the ones depicted in the book.
  5. Tell the students to start thinking about those things in life that they value most. Remind students that in the story, She-Who-Is-Alone gave up her doll, her most valued possession.
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  7. Ask the students to divide a paper plate into four equal parts.
  8. Tell the students to color each of the four sections a different color.
  9. Tell the students to draw a picture of the four things they value most in the four sections on the plate.
  10. Ask the students to think about the things that they have chosen to put on their life shield. What things are good for only them? What things benefit the community, too?
  11. Have the students staple string to the back of the shield to use as a hanger. Then staple feathers so they hang down off the sides where the string attaches.
Teacher observation of student participation. The teacher will ask each student to determine those things on their life shield that are also a value to the community. Grade according to rubric chart below. 4 Four pictures that clearly depict the concept. 3 Three pictures that clearly depict the concept. 2 Two pictures that clearly depict the concept. 1 One picture that depicts the concept. 0 No pictures. Child did not complete task independently. Child shows little understanding of the concept.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.III Philanthropy and the Individual
    1. Standard PI 01. Reasons for Individual Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark E.1 Describe one reason why a person might give or volunteer.