Sunday, May 6, 2012

My Super Heroes!

Hi Bloggetts,

The idea I am sharing today is a fun, joyful idea.  Looking at this project on the wall always makes me smile!

Here is the background:
Last year I went with my neighbors (who are dear friends) to their first grade daughter's Open House.  I brought my camera, which they thought was a little weird, but you all understand, right?  Well, thank goodness I brought my camera because I found LOTS of great ideas as I ran from class to class (which they also thought was a little weird).  There was one idea I loved so much that I quickly incorporated it into my own Open House.  How cute is this?!?!

That's my girl flying through the air!

I loved this idea so much, that I incorporated literature and even music into the lesson.  Here are the steps I took:
1) Read Quick as a Cricket to the class.  
2) Discuss the nouns (animal names) and adjectives in the book.
3) Play "Everything at Once" by Lenka.  (I learned about this song from a blog.  If it was your blog, just tell me and I will credit you for your great idea!)  I downloaded the song from iTunes to play to my class, but I just found a YouTube link that displays the lyrics while Lenka is singing.  (But you will have to quickly skip the ad if you use this!)
   Everything at Once
4)  Discuss the nouns and adjectives Lenka used in her song.
5)  Create a class list of adjectives that describe us and related nouns.  (Although I let my students choose whatever nouns and adjectives they wanted.)
6)  Students complete write five cloze sentences (I am as __________ as a __________.)  I actually gave mine a form to fill in to make it simple.
7)  I took photos of each student "flying".  At first I was too controlling and was trying to tell them how to stand.  This led to unhappy campers in my class and a very frustrated teacher!  I even had blue paper for them to pose in front of, thinking it would make it easier to cut the pictures out later - but it really didn't matter and it was sooooo hard to keep them in front of the blue paper!  Then I let them pose however they wanted for their flying photos and the results were much better!  Here are some examples:


Super Hero stance!
Original pose!

Superman pose!

8)  I typed up all of the poems and copied them on cloud paper (which I have never, ever been able to find at Dollar Store - sigh).
9)  I cut out my kiddos and glued their bodies to their poems and laminated.  (If I was brilliant, I would be able to do this all on my computer - but I am not brilliant!)
10)  I created a display titled: Mrs. Johnson's Super Heroes!  Thank you to the unknown teacher that had this on display in her classroom for me to see!

To close, I will leave you with the poem created by the future Steve Jobs / Bill Gates / Donald Trump.  (Andrew, when you make your first million, please remember your first grade teacher!)

When I questioned Andrew about the fat wire, he patiently explained to me that "fat wires" are actually very thin.  Who knew?  Oh, and the third line reads "I am as shocking as a circuit board."

Love to all,


  1. We better keep a eye on Super Andrew. I have a feeling he may accomplish many great things. Very cute idea. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I love this! We are doing Super Heroes for the end of the year and I am going to show my teaching partner this! Thanks for sharing (btw, got that song stuck in my head now lol!)

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

  3. This is awesome. Thanks Camille for leaving me some comment love and leading me to this idea. This would be perfect for when we have open house at the beginning of the year. Love it!
    Ms. Kerri and her Krazy Kindergarten

  4. thanks for sharing! I've just pinned this to my superhero inspiration board on Pinterest. I'\m your newest follower.

  5. I just found this post when I was looking for super hero ideas. I love this. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Hi
    Did you ever find out how to take the children's pictures and insert them on your computer? I haven't done it forever and now I can't remember how. :(

  7. Used this last year, loved it so much, I dug deep in to Google to find it again.