Lesson: Super Powers

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Lesson title: Superpowers and My Personal Positive Change

Lesson idea: Superheroes can inspire my personal positive change.

What I want the learners to learn:

That my breath is a super powerful way to still, calm, and be present
That different people have different powers
That all people can be powerful

To breathe in and out to still and calm myself as I prepare to express myself in writing and drawing.
To recognize my strengths
To recognize others' strengths
To use write about super powers

I enjoy breathing in and out.
I enjoy looking for superpowers in myself.
I enjoy looking for superpowers in others.

Materials for activities:
Two pieces of paper - 5-1/2 x 5-1/2 and 8-1/2 x 11
Pencil or fine tip black marker


First, still your body and mind. Sit quietly, close your eyes, and breathe deeply in and out. Ring a bell and listen to the sound all the way to the end while breathing in and out. 

All of us have super powers. Being able to look with our super-seeing eyes, listen with our super-hearing ears, think with our super-figure-it-out brain, feel with our super-feeling heart, speak with our super kind words, or act with super-humongous helpfulness. 

·      Talk about imaginary and real-life heroines and heroes and their helpful super powers as inspiration to identify your own magnificent capabilities.

Superman: he has super-vision, flight, strength, speed, hearing, intelligence, breath powers, though he is vulnerable to mineral Kryptonite.                                                    

Spiderman: he wall crawls, and has superhuman strength, speed, and agility.                                                            

Animal Man: has the ability to temporarily borrow the abilities of animals such as a bird’s flight.                                                

Wonder Woman: she can understand any form of language; she’s a natural polyglot. Using her weapon, the Lasso of Truth, she brings the truth out of people.                           

Explore the real-life abilities of these heroines and heroes.

Malala Yousafzai: she uses her voice to speak out for the right of girls in Pakistan to gain an education, something that most take for granted. She is 16 years old. 
Jane Goodall: she sits still for a long time and learns about chimpanzees and their habitat through observation.                                                   

Louis Pasteur: he believed in himself and his own ideas. He is known for his breakthroughs in the causes and preventions of diseases. He created the first vaccine for rabies and anthrax. 

Ludwig Van Beethoven: his acute hearing helped him become a talented musician. He was grateful that others gave him music lessons, a place to practice, and encouragement to improve. When he was older, he looked for ways to make people happy with his music.

·      In a group, invite students to say one thing that they are good at. “I am (freakishly) good at…” Invite them to respond to this prompt: Something I want to be good at is...."

·      Complete these sentences in a group or in writing:

My super-power vision helps me see...

My super-power listening helps me…

My super-power thinking helps me…

My super-power feeling helps me…

My super-power kindness helps me…

My super power behavior helps me…

·      Write your super-power on the bottom part of a piece of paper about 8-1/2 x 11 inches.

·      On a 5-1/2 x 5-1/2 paper (approximate), draw yourself showing your super power, either just your face or your whole body. 

·      Glue your picture on the paper with your words.

Written by Susan Michael Barrett