Teaching Materials

Moving kids to be courageous, compassionate and responsible members of the community Telling them about real heroes Giving them something to say Yes! to.

"I've looked at other character education programs—a lot of platitudes; they just didn't wash because the students didn't live it. The Giraffe Heroes Program has an impact like nothing else does. It's not just something they've memorized—they are learning to live it. This is powerful, powerful stuff."

— Sandra Barbaro, Fulmar Road Elementary, Mahopac NY

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In classrooms all across the United States and in English-speaking classes abroad, Giraffe programs help schools and youth groups foster courageous compassion, active citizenship, and academic success. Our materials were developed to reach young pre-readers and on to high schoolers. All Giraffe programs combine service-learning, character education, civic engagement, experiential learning and, in Voices of Hope, literacy training. All feature the stories of Giraffe Heroes—the real people honored by the Giraffe Heroes Project for sticking their necks out for the common good. The basic progression in all our programs is:

~ HEAR THE STORY—kids listen to, watch or read the inspiring stories of Giraffe Heroes.

~ TELL THE STORY—then they find their own heroes, in books, in the media and in their own communities—and tell their stories in class.

~ BE THE STORY. finally, kids in the Program decide on a public problem that needs fixing, organize and carry out a service project to fix it—and become their own story of brave and compassionate action.

It's sound pedagogy, using the power of story to engage young hearts and minds, constantly drawing forth their own concerns, creativity and altruism. Throughout the process, they find and use the many academic skills they need to achieve goals they've set for themselves. Student-centered learning just makes sense to us, as does the basic psychology of the Hear, Tell, Be sequence.

Let's start with what's free here ~

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That free lesson in Spanish ›

La Lección Gratuita de La Jirafa

Aquí hay un ejercicio que funciona para todos los niveles de las escuelas, aunque es mejor para el segundo grado y los grados más altos que el Kindergarten o el primer grado. Las respuestas serán diferentes según la edad, pero el proceso siempre...

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And we have things you can buy ~

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The Giraffe Heroes Kit ›

For classrooms and after-school programs

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Heroes & Literacy ›

We've heard from many quarters that one of the things kids need most now is hope. We looked at our Giraffe Heroes Project files, bulging with stories of "Giraffe Heroes"— people from an array of ages, locations and backgrounds who are plunging into every imaginable problem and getting...

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The program for older teens ›

Stick Your Neck Out — A Street-Smart Guide to Creating Change in Your Community and Beyond

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Here's our Teachers' Magazine—education-related stuff you'll want to read~

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Why is My Teenager So Angry? ›

by Umair Haque

If Sandy Hook didn’t lead to change, why should Parkland? Blogger Umair Haque makes a strong case that teen discontent, welling up from much more than school shootings, may spark the changes that nothing else has.. I don’t see things as bleak as Haque does. But his essay...

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Teaching by storytelling ›

A time-tested aspect of any successful education program is teaching by storytelling.

People have known for millennia that stories stick in the mind, even when the listener might brush off any principles embedded in those stories if they were presented as rules and admonitions. The love...

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If your school needs backup information here are ~ Evaluations, Correlations & Field Reports