Superhero Galacticon!

It's a bird. It's a plane.  It's our Galacticon!  

This past school year, my classroom theme was Superheroes!  And since I spent soooooo much money on making my classroom cute (yes, Office Depot loved me last summer), I'm keeping the same theme this year.  I did my own class decor packet, but I haven't had time to post on TpT.  I was able to post some goodies, like Punctuation Power, Superhero Bracelets and Hats, Focus Wall, Accelerated Reader Quiz Line, Word Wall, FREE 100 and 120 Charts, and I am 120 Days Smarter Badge, Cuff, and Hat/Crown in my TpT Store if you would like to check it out.

Our team consists of the Advanced Academics students (gifted learners) ranging from first through fifth grade, so you know what this means.... Whoop-Whoop! Throughout the year, students learned various concepts about being a superhero, character development, leadership roles, fictional superheroes (you know the kiddies had a ball with these), and non-fictional space heroes.  The students also learned about space, solar system, aliens, galaxies, space vehicles, moon, sun, etc...

We began planning for our grand culminating event the summer before school started.  We thought..."Hmmm, how can our fab students demonstrate everything they have learned?"  Tah-Dah- We came up with Galacticon, it's like a Comic Con, but we tied in the space theme.

We thought to have different stations - Comic Con, STEM-a-Con, Techno Con, Astro Con, Super Robo Con, and Drama Con. Our team decided to present a Choice Board to students based on these stations.  Especially with gifted learners, this is a great teaching strategy.  The students had to select one project they wanted to create.  The students had to create and development their own project; they could not just simply create the real solar system.  No, no, no.  We need to challenge the kiddies, so the students had to invent their own

-solar system
-space vehicle
-comics
-3D model of a planet
-write a script for a play
-create an iPad for a make-believe superhero (this choice was for primary grades)
-create a PowerPoint Movie, FB, IG, or Twitter account of a make-believe superhero 
-create a super robot
-write a complete story about a superhero in space

Pretty cool choices huh? 



The project was worth several grades and the students had to present in class.  Of course, the kiddies had to include a writing component.  The students were given a planning guide (plan of action), rubric, vocabulary list, flip book, and directions.  For my sake and sanity, I created a roster to keep track of who was doing what.  After the presentations, the students received their grades, which is also included in the product. Don't forget to print on Astrobrights paper for that extra pop!


Here are some examples of innovative projects...








Now for our grand culminating event, the famous Galacticon!  Thanks to our amazing parents, we transformed the cafeteria into an amazing Super Space! I created posters for each station so the projects would be displayed in the corresponding area.  Of course, parents were invited to attend to view the awesomeness that we worked so hard to create throughout the year! :) We even set up a Super Selfie and Super Food station.  In our Super Food station we had Moon Pies!




The kiddies dressed up as superheroes and you know that we, teachers, had to dress up too! I didn't want to miss out on the fun!  And guess what?????!!!! We had Batman and Super Girl join us!


The kiddies were excited!  The teachers were thrilled!  The parents were impressed! Administration was in love!  And this my friends, means only one thing...#teachertired!  Just kidding, yes we were exhausted, but the smiles were sooooooo worth it!

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So can I get a whoop-whoop?! What do ya think?  Remember that real superheroes do not wear capes.  And always know that you are someone's superhero everyday!

3 comments :

  1. Elizabeth, your Galaction idea is absolutely fabulous!! My coworker has just been informed that she will be working with a gifted STEM class. I can't wait to share this with her!! It's a great project filled with critical thinking, creativity, and FUN! Who wouldn't want to make up their own superhero?! Thank you for sharing your teaching awesomeness with us. (BTW, I'm loving your superhero outfit 😉)

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    1. Awww, thank you my sweet friend! I'm so glad you like it! Thank you so much for the kind words. Please, share away with your friends, it's all about the kiddies! They had so much fun! You can only imagine the kiddies face when they saw my outfit?! :) It was all so worth it! Love ya Girl!

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  2. Wow, your class decor looks amazing! It truly decorates classrooms. I think you must deal with it seriously and create decor for sale. I am sure it still requires money. I can assume that your parents teach about finance but even assuming this fact a serious startup needs investments. I recommend you to take it serious as it can become a cool extra source of income. Wish you luck!

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