Amelia Earhart Day, July 24th.

Hero. What do you think of when you hear the word hero? Who do you think of? How has a hero transformed you?

According to an article by Scott T. Allison, Ph.D, there are five surprising ways that heroes improve our lives.

They are:

  • Heroes produce an emotion called “elevation”.
  • Heroes heal our psychic wounds.
  • Heroes nourish our connections with other people.
  • Heroes show us how to transform our lives.
  • Heroes turn us into heroes ourselves.

Asking the kids their favorite superpower is my chance to get to know my students, model writing, handwriting and classmate name recognition. Since they’ll be in hero mode, I’ll be able to enlist their help with letter sounds and uppercase vs. lowercase letters.

Shifting to a discussion about a human hero makes sense. We’ll read and discuss I Am Amelia Earhart (Brad Meltzer/Christopher Eliopoulos). We’ll connect to her struggles and achievements and mostly, celebrate her perseverance.

We’ll note her historic flight on January 11, 1935. Amelia Earhart became the first person to fly solo across the Pacific from Honolulu to Oakland, California.

During her 2,408-mile solo flight, she unpacked a thermos of hot chocolate. She reportedly murmured, “that was the most interesting cup of chocolate I have ever had, sitting up eight thousand feet over the middle of the Pacific Ocean quite alone.”

Amelia Earhart, we’ll celebrate you by learning about you, making paper airplanes and measuring flight distances, enjoying hot chocolate and most importantly, transforming ourselves.