Everyday Hero

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MAIN TOPIC OF VIDEO:  Anyone can make a difference.

Discussion Questions

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1.    How do you make a difference to the environment? Do you affect it in a positive or negative way?

2.    How can one thing be problematic? Or change the world for the better?

3.    Can one person make a difference? Who has done that in history? In your life?

4.    What does a hero mean to you? What does he or she look like?



1.    How many people walk by and do nothing?

2.    How was the hero recognized?

3.    What are symbols handed to the everyday hero that represent recycling? Explain how/why those symbols are important.



1.    What can you do personally to be an everyday hero? What types of things can look out for?

2.    How should we reward people who recycle?

3.    Should we punish people who do not recycle?

4.    What should be done to encourage individual people to make a difference?




1.    Student answers vary.

Positive – pick up trash, recycle, don’t litter, bike to school

Negative – drive, take airplanes, use disposable materials, leave lights on

2.    Opportunity to relate back to class topics and for students to reflect back on their own experiences – one disease, one predator, one invasive species, one earthquake, one dictator, one miscommunication, one mistake.

3.    Students answers vary. In terms of history, examples might include the president, individual leaders, such as Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr, people who made fantastic discoveries or innovations, such as Watson and Crick or Steve Jobs, or have great influence in popular culture, such as Miley Cyrus. In terms of the students’ lives, it may include coaches, mentors, teachers, parents, and family members.

4.    Student answers vary. Students may make connections to Marvel comics and popular culture super heroes, including Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America. Prompt students to brainstorm qualities of what make someone a hero. This can include being kind, being generous, helping others less fortunate, making a difference for others.



1.    18 different people with different ages, genders, and destinations. There is no set hero template that people must be in order to recycle.

2.    The hero was recognized publicly with a thank-you, a medium celebration, and provided flowers. She received a lot of positive praise for her actions in being an every day hero.

3.    Flowers in the form of sunflowers and a lei. These represent Earth and the natural part / the producers of an ecosystem.



1.    At school, one can look for waste, pick up trash, encourage others to recycle. At home, one can turn off lights, recycle, choose to eat vegetarian and/or local foods.

2.    Rewards for individuals who recycle may include cash incentives, public praise, and recognition from others.

3.    Student answers vary. Reasonable punishments may include fines, physical punishments, or loss of privileges.




Global Impact Calculations – Have students calculate their impact on the Earth, and multiple up to the population of the world. (click here) OR (click here)

Common Core Connections:

Prompt students to draw and describe what the everyday hero would look like.

Have students write how the everyday hero might interact with green ninja in a storyboard or create another video

Have students research individuals who are making a difference in climate change or other related topic to every day heroes.

English: Relate the everyday hero with classical heroes, like Hercules and Hamlet. What did they have in common? How were they different?

History: Relate one person’s actions to social justice. What are students willing to stand for?

Literature: Relate to Horton Hears a Who for the common theme of one person making a difference.

Activity:  Local at the school: Create a contest to find “People as Everyday Heroes” modeled after local news’ “People Behaving Badly”

Psychology, advertising, and business: Design a campaign to make people “be cool” and recycle



Cool Cuisine: Taking a bite out of global warming: Book with recipes and facts about connections between food and the environment-click here.

Global Survey on Sustainable Lifestyles. United Nations Environmental Program- click here

            General data set/survey of different viewpoints towards sustainability and daily actions from around the world

Live A More Sustainable Life. Dartmouth Sustainability Project-click here

            Blog post from another major sustainability group that lists and encourages individual daily actions to make a difference

Living Green: Practical Guide to Simple Sustainability-click here

            Collection of personal changes that one can make in order to make a positive impact in areas, such as global climate change, fuels, and everyday purchases.

Sustainable Lifestyle. Center for Disease Control and Protection- click here

             List of more practices that you can take to improve your lifestyle

Credit: This teacher resource has been adapted from content originally developed by Janet Lee.




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