Did you know that April 28th is National Superhero Day? It’s a day to celebrate all superheroes, especially the ones in your classroom! Your students don’t have to fly through the air, have magical powers, or fight villains to be superheroes. We all have superhero powers… we just have to figure out what they are and unleash them.
So, what superpowers do our students have?
No, it’s not forgetting homework, losing pencils, or picking their noses 🙂 (although they are pretty good at all of those things). Their inner superpowers are more along the lines of being good citizens, kind friends, thoughtful classmates, helpful sons/daughters, and positive role models for other children. Even our most challenging students have superpowers hidden inside, and it’s our job to help them unleash those powers. Empower your students and give them the opportunity to let those superpowers shine!
I came across this blog post from Kids Stuff World titled Every Child a Superhero. In the blog post, it lists 20 ways that you can help children unleash their superheroes. It is written by a parent but can definitely be applied to the world of teaching. Some of the ways include teaching them to have integrity, giving it all you got, seeing the good in other people, staying true to who you are, and standing up for what you believe in. Her message is that we are all capable of living our lives with these non-superhuman (but definitely super) powers.
So let’s throw on our invisible capes and celebrate our inner superheroes!
Take this national “holiday” as an opportunity to promote and encourage positive character traits in your classroom. The ideas and activities below would be perfect for a character-building lesson. All the activities are ready to print and you can easily have everything prepped and ready to go for April 28th. Let’s work together to empower our students to be kind, respectful, and brave in our classrooms!
Create a Superhero Class Book or Bulletin Board
Get ready to celebrate the inner superhero that’s inside of all us! First, have a discussion about superheroes to activate their schema. Here is a list of possible guiding questions:
- How would you describe a superhero?
- What makes a superhero different than an average person?
- What character traits make a superhero special?
- What are some superhero powers?
- How can superheroes be real-life role models?
- If you were a superhero, what would you want your power be?
- Do you know any real-life superheroes?
Next, help build a connection between superheroes and your students. Help students realize that superheroes don’t have to wear a cape or fight villains. They can be regular people who are just good citizens and do super things. Help your students self-reflect and brainstorm a list of “powers” they use every day. Record these character traits on an anchor chart that you can refer to throughout the day (or even the year!).
Once students have a good understanding of some positive superhero characteristics, have students pick one everyday superpower that they feel they have inside them. Students will record their superpowers on the activity page and explain how they use that superhero power each day to make a positive impact. They can illustrate their superpower when they are done with their writing!
Download this printable by clicking HERE or the image above!
These activity pages can be compiled to make a wonderful class book to keep in your classroom library (laminate & bind), or you can turn it into a bulletin board display. I included a couple cover/header options in the freebie that you can use. 🙂
Create Superhero Masks
For a little extra fun, print and color fun superhero masks that the students can wear during your National Superhero Day celebrations!
Download from FirstPalette by clicking the image above or HERE!
Check out these fun read-alouds that are perfect for National Superhero Day. Read one to wrap up the day or even read one to kick off your superhero class book-making activity.
(If you’re interested in the classics, like Superman or Batman, check out Marvel or DC Comics websites! I’m sure your school library has a few of the graphic novels or picture books that you can fill up your classroom library shelves with, too. Could be a fun theme for independent reading time!)
EXTRA: You can even print these colorful bookmarks for students to use with their own independent reading books!
Happy Superhero Day!
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