This instructable will guide you on how to create your own Education Boy & Girl to use as a learning tool in your classroom. It does not stop there however! I am giving you two different templates to use with children of various ages, so they can create their fellow learning superhero!
Recommended Project Age: K--12+
Subject Areas: The project can be used in: All & Cross Curriculum (more on this later)
Learning Objective: Creating an interactive tool (Using many states standards for Art, following directions, social skills, and more) to be used to teach a variety of subjects
Sit back relax and let your imagination go wild as you learn to created your own Educational Boy and Girl interactive tool!
Step 1: Materials Needed
Construction Paper (Various colors)
Markers/Colored Pencils/Crayons/Sharpies/#1 Pencil
ziplock (or similar baggies) bags
Helpful but not necessary materials:
Smart Board or it's equivalent
Other Materials That could be used to create the educational superhero:
Step 2: Templates
For the templates below I would recommend children in 2nd grade and up.
Each child creating a educational superhero will need their own copy of the template used. I would recommend printing the template out and making copies on tag board. Have students label their pieces with their initials and what each piece is before they cut them out.
Give each student a ziplock baggie and a template. One they have labeled their pieces they should cut all their parts out and place them inside their baggie. This may take 30 mins or longer depending on your students age and small mortar skills.
Should you wish you could pre-cut templates out and have them laminated so students take a bag of shapes, this would cut down on time needed for the lesson. This is more of a personal preference. This lesson could be used as group work, independent work at a desk, part of a center, "filler" Decided how the project is going to fit into your lesson and it may help you make a decision on how to handle your templates.
For the templates found at the end of this lesson, I would recommend printing them out on white tag board and having children color the pieces in. These are more complete superheros using only three pieces to help hands that are still defining and building their small motor skills.
Step 3: Pick Out Your Constructon Paper Colors
For younger children (4th grade and younger) I recommend them laying their templates down on the paper and tracing around them and having them cut the pieces out. Older children may be able to hold the template in place and cut around it, however it takes more skill than you realize and there is no reason at any age to not suggest drawing around the pattern first.
For children younger than second grade using the second templates have them cut out the template and color with the media of your choice.
Have them cut all the shapes first in their color choice before starting to put it together.
Step 4: Hole Punch
Step 5: Education Girl Head
Take the hair cut out in your color choice, put glue on half of the head shape.
Step 6: Hole Punch the Hair
Step 7: Brass Fasener
Take your body and head shape and open the brass fastener back up you will need to then take the body and cape already through the brass fastener and place it through the hole in education girls hair. Then spread out the fastener. Make sure to leave it loose enough that the parts can move easily.
For the male, you will glue the head on over the brass fastener.
Step 8: Arms & Legs
If you angle the glove and boot you can get a different body expression than gluing everything straight. You can also play around with how they attach to the body. Don't worry there is no right or wrong, just get them close to where they belong.
Step 9: Bottom of the Body
Step 10: Utility Belt
There are small ovals you can cut to make the utility belt look more intense, but these are hard for young kids to cut. They can draw that on later and is what I would recommend for elementary age children.
Step 11: Super Mask and Face Details
Take the emblem and paste it to the front of the superheros body. (This is an optional piece, depending on what you are using your education girl or guy for)
Take a Sharpie (or other writing tool) and draw on the eyes and mouth. You can add other details if you like.
Step 12: Last of the Details
The superhero's I've shown have been "Math Man and Math Girl"
The math problems were written on their bellies the cape swings out to find the answer.
Virtually any subject can be put on the belly of the superhero and the answer on the cape. Math, English, phonics, science, vocab, question and answers and the list goes on.
Step 13: Younger Kid Templates
I would love to see what you and your students make and any ideas you have using the education hero!
Step 14: Kids Examples
Step 15: PoofRabbit's Tips and Tricks
Ziplocks are a lifesaver, have kids put their pieces inside as they create them so they do not get lost.
Have children initial their parts (on the back) as they create their pieces.
It's best to have kids draw out the pieces using the templates on the paper, having them write their name or initials on those pieces, then cut them out.
If you are wanting to use this project but need it to be done quickly print out the template on card stock (you will need two each template) The kids can then color the template using crayons, markers, and/or colored pencils.
Have examples to show the children, you can you see here or create your own.
Keep an open mind, kids like to be creative, do no hinder that process. Let them explore the possibilities and they will have even more fun creating their characters.
Many thanks to all those who have written me and shared projects! Keep them coming!