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Sacrifice: Medal of Honor Recipient Leroy Petry

Suggested Grade Level

Suggested Values

Suggested Subject Matter

6 Sacrifice English/Language Arts/Social Studies

Students will:
• Define the word sacrifice
• Provide examples of sacrifice in their communities and lives
• Describe sacrifices they have made in their own lives
• Describe reasons sacrifice is valued in society

Category: Junior

Core Value Focus: Sacrifice

Recipient Focus: Leroy Petry

Introductory Activity:
Show different Google Slides of the amputees and lead them into discussion about what the amputees
have in common. Lead them to understand that all of them gave up a part of themselves for the greater
good of their country or their military brethren.

Small Group Activity: Reading about Leroy Petry

Concluding Activity:
The teacher will read the book The Giving Tree to the students. After reading the book, the teacher
will lead a whole group discussion about the book. Questions that will be asked include:

1. How did the tree show sacrifice?
2. What happened at the end of the story to the tree?
3. What is the ultimate sacrifice?
4. Is sacrifice a way to show love?
5. Why do people sacrifice?
6. Have you seen someone sacrifice for someone else?
7. What is a sacrifice that you could do?
8. Does sacrificing make you a hero?

Assessment: teacher observation

Extended Activities:
Show YouTube clips identified below under Resources
Brainstorm ways that students can show sacrifice in their own lives (fundraiser, volunteering, etc.)

Big Hero Six My Sacrifice
Sacrifice Disney Clips
Teaching Introduction to Sacrifice with Disney Clips

Quotes on the focus core value:
“Think about the past and consider the sacrifices men and women in the military have made for us.”
  - Gary G. Wetzel, Army-Vietnam War

“Millions have served in the military and made sacrifices, and most have gone unrecognized.”
  - George E. Wahlen, Navy-World War II