Tomorrow is the first day of school in Bowling Green, KY! I’m excited to see my new students. As of right now, we just have two coming. This year I decided to keep the superhero classroom theme. To be honest, I love comic books and I could just use this theme for the rest of my teaching career. You can link comic books to any subject. Comics are a great way to introduce ELLs to American culture. Here are some pics of my classroom! Enjoy!
Class Dojo is a website that helps manages your classroom behavior. I have a very good class this year but there are some little things we need to work on. For example, I have a couple of students that have trouble with following directions. I can reward students who behave well in class. I can also give students negative points for bad choices. The students can see this on the Activeboard. I can control the points on my iPhone or iPad on with the Class Dojo app. I can create positive and negative behaviors to use in my class. There are colorful avatars that represent students. The students were excited to see their avatars on the board. Class Dojo is a way to reward students on great behavior. It makes a great game in your classroom. You will notice a difference in their behavior.
Here is a neat little activity I created. My son had a pair of Hulk gloves that make noises when you smash them on something. In this activity, the students are smashing our spelling words. I say a spelling word and the student smashes it. They really enjoyed this activity. You could use it for sight words or vocabulary words. Check out the pictures and video.
Here is the video
Hulk Smashing Our Spelling Words
Here is the video:
Hulk Smashing Spelling Words Video
This year I decided to go with a superhero theme in the Unit. I love collecting comic books and watching super hero movies so this was something I was very passionate about. For my front door,I cut out letters to say “Having a Super time in Mr. Bemiss’s class”. I also lamented comic book covers and placed it on the door. I also hung up some comic books and some stuffed toys.
I created comic book banners out of comic books. I cut a comic book page into a triangle. Next I would staple it on a ribbon. I used about eight feet of ribbon. I also created a foam Captain American shield to get students to talk in the classroom. I ask a question and I toss the shield to them.
I also created a super hero job chart. I took a foam board and glued small square pieces of comic books to make a pocket. I printed out paper dolls to put the students’ name on it. I also created a Spider Man word web. We will use the web during word study to talk about synonyms. I also created a Hulk voice meter to remind the children what voice level they need to be at.
Finally, we have a Batcave for a meeting area. My dad got this from Pepsi. They used this for their Mountain Dew promotion. I just spray painted the Mountain Dew logo with chalkboard paint and hung up some bats. The super hero classroom will be a great way to introduce ELLs to American culture. Feel free to steal any of my ideas.
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Sqworl (pronounced squirrel) is a website that lets you create visual bookmarks. This is kind of like Symballo. I like this tool better because there is not a huge Google box in the center. Free Symballo has this. A lot of my students would always type in it. Free sqworl has ads but you can’t tell. Check out my sqworl! http://sqworl.com/vdfsot