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Hero Maker/Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum

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Social Studies




This interactive activity from PBSLearningMedia helps students learn how everyday people can do amazing things. To get started, students choose from a wall of historic figures to learn more about them or create their own!

Social Studies (2010) Grade(s): 2


Identify national historical figures and celebrations that exemplify fundamental democratic values, including equality, justice, and responsibility for the common good.



  • historic figures (male and female)
  • celebrations
  • exemplify
  • democratic values
  • recognize
  • founding fathers
  • significance
  • national holidays
  • American symbols
  • monuments


Students know:
  • Fundamental democratic values including equality, justice, and responsibility for the common good.
  • The names and significance of national historic figures, both male and female.
  • The significance of national holidays and the relationship of each to democratic values.
  • The history and significance of American symbols and monuments.
  • Vocabulary: democratic values, equality, justice, responsibility, common good, founding father, national holiday, American symbol, monument


Students are able to:
  • Identify national historic figures and celebrations.
  • Identify the ways historic figures and celebrations exemplify fundamental democratic values.
  • Recognize our country's founding fathers and other historic male figures.
  • Recognize historic female figures.
  • Describe national holidays, including the significance of each and the democratic values associated with each.
  • Identify American symbols and monuments and describe the history and significance of each.


Students understand that:
  • There is an importance and impact of national historic figures and celebrations.

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