Step 2: Templates

I have two different sets of templates.  The templates on this step are what you will see used in this instructable. At the end of this instructable you will find the second template that involves less cutting for younger students.

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.
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How long does this take to make if you are with 2nd graders
<p>For most students it took ~ 1 hr. However it could easily be broken into smaller parts, when I did this we used the patterns with all the small parts, if you use the larger patterns with less cut and paste it would take less time. We also did this near the begining of the year, so 2nd graders that are almost 3rd graders could truck along faster. :)</p>
Oh wow! This is fantastic, I will give this a try with my second graders, thanks for putting up the templates!
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Here are some of my kids and those in other second grade classes at my school making this awesome project!&nbsp; They LOVED it!!&nbsp; One of my girls are changing the look by using the face mask template turning it upside down and making it a crown.&nbsp; When she is done I'll show a picture.
Awesome! Thanks for sharing your pics! I would LOVE to see the Wonder Gal with her mask as a crown, a great idea! I may have to update template to suggest that! Looks to me like some of you used the templates and colored them in and some use construction paper. Did the kids have a preference? Any suggestions or tips you would like to share?
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I will! My class is working on these now and I gave it to one of my fellow second grade teachers. I will post the pictures when we get all finished, thanks for the offer!
Thanks and you are welcome I will look forward to seeing their creations!
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I hope that these little superhero's can inspire kids to see how fun learning can be! I know when I was a kid there was a push on TV and print ads saying learning is fun. When I became a teacher I was bummed out because it appeared that got lost with all the restraints put on schools (I know they are for children's benefits but it's zapped some creativity.) If I can help make anything to excited kids, I'm going to do it and share! :)
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Oh dear how embarrassing!! Thank you for catching that I'll make the change.
All fixed! This is what happens when I start writing instructables to late at night! LOL Thanks again for catching that for me. Much appreciated!

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