The Kid President video “For the Heroes: A Pep Talk from Kid President” inspired me to include Superheroes in our Social Studies curriculum. If you’ve never seen the video, it’s definitely worth taking the time to give it a look! For the Heroes: A Pep Talk from Kid President
We each create a superhero, write and illustrate a 3 page book about superheroes in our own lives, and finally, write and illustrate one about how we are superheroes for others! OH, and we create our own superhero capes!!! It is super fun, and super powerful!
We are working on the first two parts of the unit – creating the superheroes and working on our Superheroes in my Life book.
Here’s a superhero from today. My student’s enthusiastic explanation was – in the best possible way – hysterical.
I really must get a videographer so that I can capture every word!
Super Cross and Super Sister (with jars of heart and cross power)
Heart power colors their costume. Cross power is used against the bad guys. Super Cross and Super Sister tie the bad guys with the crosses and fly them to jail. Sometimes, depending how bad the bad guys are, they even remove the bathrooms from the jail! (LOL!!!)
Heart Power is particularly interesting in Super Sister (the smaller of the two figures). The dots on her clothing are actually buttons. She presses them to change the colors of her clothing. If she presses just one, her outfit becomes that color. But, if she presses two or more, it becomes the color generated by those colors mixing.
I immediately noticed the white cape. Though I was curious, I resisted questioning it, or saying “you need to add color to her cape.” Instead, I just let her talk. As though she read my mind, she said (with a HUGE smile), “I don’t need to color the cape, because the buttons on it are invisible!”
I laughed out loud!
Given the chance to be creative, to think outside the box, and to make their own decisions, they do, and they do it really well!