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!
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.
This year flew by! This was an amazing year for my class. I had little to no behavior problems in the room. (I guess this is what happens when you have 10 girls and four boys) I also felt that my students progressed well in their English. It was neat looking back at their Fall and Spring Assessments. In the Fall, the majority of the students wrote one word for their writing test. But by Spring, there were a few that were writing paragraphs! I have four that will be moving on to middle school. Then there will be five students that will have to go back to their home school. These students do not live close to Cumberland Trace. Finally, there are five students that will stay at Cumberland Trace. Four of them will be out in the school but I will have to keep one. This student came into school at May. It will be great to see in a few years on how well they will do! Check out our Animoto video of our school year!
In the unit, we had an Easter egg hunt before Spring Break. Surprisingly, the majority of the class have been Easter Egg hunting. I guess they have had the chance to do it with the local churches. Easter Egg Hunting is a great way to teach Math too. For example, we had 195 eggs donated to us. There are 13 students in the unit so we figured out how much eggs each of the students get. It ended up we couldn’t find all of the eggs so we had to do another division problem. Check out the pics!