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.
Well it’s another school year in the Intensive Unit. This is my fourth year there and also my sixth year teaching ELLs. We have four students in the class. There are three from Tanzania and one from Burma. We should be getting some more students soon. Check out some of the fun games we played!