A Guide to Using SuperDville’s Videos and Companion Curriculum
Learn about all that our episodes and companion curriculum have to offer; from hands-on activities, intro letters for parents, SEL booklists, motivational printables and more. Watch our seven-minute tutorial and you will be ready to use SuperDville in any classroom, library, after-school setting or at home.
Scope and Sequence
All of our episodes include the five core CASEL competencies. Our research team identified three additional competencies for children with LD (belonging, learning goals, and resilience). Read our Elementary School White Paper and read our Middle School White Paper to find out more.
Our episode sequencing is research-based, with consideration of the developmentally appropriate stages for introducing each SEL theme.
Themes are repeated in multiple episodes, as repetition is crucial to a young learner’s mastery of new concepts. The video storylines become more advanced but they allow students to practice some of the same SEL themes from grade to grade.
The third-grade sequence emphasizes the foundational work of self-acceptance, creating a positive identity that will help students avoid developing shame around their academic achievement by:
- Exploring how everyone’s brain learns differently
- Discovering ways to build self-confidence
- Helping each student to accept and embrace the unique way their brain works
- Using their new confidence and acceptance skills to advocate for themselves
The skills included in the third grade series are: SELF-AWARENESS LEARNING GOALS BELONGING
Talk show host Suzie Sing interviews a real-life paleontologist Jack Horner (played by a SuperD! Cast member), who is dyslexic. Mr. Horner was a consultant on the movie Jurassic Park. Jack and Suzie sing about the seven dinosaur species. They also talk about using singing as a mnemonic strategy for memorizing important information, and about the possibility for a “chickenosaurus!”
The fourth-grade sequence continues to emphasize accepting differences and developing self-advocacy skills through:
- Understanding emotions
- Finding the confidence to take risks
- Exploring how to face challenging situations at home and school
- Celebrating each student’s inventive mind
- Learning not to compare ourselves with others
The skills included in this series are: SELF-AWARENESS LEARNING GOALS RESILIENCE
Dylan’s homework machine has a few glitches, so along with some of her SuperD! Show friends, she watches an episode of “Pig Pen” (based on the show Shark Tank) to learn about what kinds of inventions thrive. Inventions like test-taking glasses, smarty pants, and even a basketball-themed mug that you can throw marshmallows into make an appearance. Dylan realizes that if she keeps trying (like Thomas Edison), she can be a great inventor!
Jordan competes in a cooking show against a strong competitor. They are both given a recipe, which her competitor follows to a T. Since Jordan has a hard time reading the recipe, she decides to follow her creative instincts, works at her own pace, and does a great job! The SuperD! kids reaffirm relying on your own strengths.
The SuperD! kids realize Ari is missing as they are picking teams for their wiffle ball game in the park. Ari realizes that he forgot all about the game, and getting there ends up being harder than he thought. He has trouble reading a map, and telling the difference between his left from his right. Luckily, he’s visited by a whimsical older man who gives him a creative and fun new strategy to find the wiffle ball field. Ari realizes that if you can’t do something the “typical way,” there’s always an alternative!
The 5th grade curriculum focuses on developing strategies to deal with the stress of academic and social pressure, and increasing outside expectations through:
- Accepting/Normalizing anxiety as something many students deal with
- Explore new ways of facing obstacles by using them to grow and thrive
- Practice self-acceptance
- Develop tools for self-advocacy
The skills included in this series are: SELF-AWARENESS LEARNING GOALS SELF-MANAGEMENT RESILIENCE
Jace is down on himself for getting a 5/10 on a spelling test. But, his SuperD! friends remind him to never give up. Jordan tells a story about the best advice a teacher ever gave her: “the only things you can fail at are the things you give up on.” Jace feels better, and realizes that with a little perseverance he’ll get better at spelling!
Some of the SuperD! kids encourage Charlie to open her own clothing line by showing her an episode of a “Suzie Sings” talk show they recently saw. Suzie interviews Daymond John of Shark Tank fame (played by a SuperD! Cast member) who started a successful clothing line by having musicians wear his designs. Daymond does a rap about his dyslexia to remind us that no matter how we learn, we’re all capable of big things.
The 6th grade sequence deepens many of the themes present in the earlier grades while introducing new skills to meet the increased responsibilities of middle school academics and growing social awareness of preadolescent students.
- Leveraging strengths to independently overcome challenges
- Navigating conflict in peer relationships
- Taking ownership of learning with self-advocacy strategies
The skills included in this series are: RESILIENCE BELONGING LEARNING GOALS
After receiving a tip that Tiana, an honest and hardworking student, received an F because her teacher thinks she is lying about her missing homework, the W.U.N.D.R team sends Rowan on an investigation to get to the bottom of the story. While out on the investigation, Rowan struggles to focus on the matter at hand and is constantly distracted by his surroundings. Tiana is frustrated with Rowan’s interest in everything but her homework and exclaims, “my whole life is at stake and you’re supposed to help!” Then Rowan has an epiphany. All of the seemingly random things that he has noticed come together to tell the story of Tiana’s missing homework and confirm her innocence. When brought in to share the story on air, Rowan reflects that his struggle to focus is simultaneously his greatest challenge and his greatest strength.
When the W.U.N.D.R team pursues a story on the endangered blue face rail bird, resident inventor Dustin is charged with creating a contraption that will allow them to film in high places. He offers them a design for stilts that he has developed, but they dismiss his hard work in favor of an easy solution. Discouraged, Dustin rips his designs to shreds, but Tiana and Lily catch him in the act and Lily tells him “you shouldn’t give up just because other people don’t fully understand your invention.” Dustin, bolstered by their words, decides to persevere and after taping up his designs, races to his shop to create the stilts in time for the shoot. Meanwhile, on the trail of the endangered blue face rail bird, the team is realizing that their easy fix wasn’t a fix at all, and that they have no way of capturing the footage they need of tree-top bird nests. When he finally arrives, Dustin towers over everyone with his feet strapped into his successful invention and easily shoots a close-up of a bird and her eggs for their broadcast story. Through perseverance and a growth mindset, Dustin is able to overcome discouragement and use his talents to benefit all.
When Willa is asked to count 1,000 cranes ahead of seeing a movie and eating pizza with her friends, she is immediately filled with dread. Because she has dyscalculia, she knows that this already tedious task will be even more unpleasant for her. She manages to tally up 500 cranes, and after her hard work, decides to take a quick break and play a game on her phone. But she quickly is sucked into the game and only emerges when her friends come to see if she will be joining them. Disappointed but determined to at least be done by pizza time, Willa hides her phone deep into her backpack and jumps into finishing her counting task. Through missing the movie, Willia feels the sting of the consequences of procrastination, but after eventually finding focus, is able to enjoy pizza with her friends.
After her first year on the W.U.N.D.R team, Kaylee is given the opportunity to become an anchor! But instead of being excited, Kaylee is nervous because she doesn’t feel comfortable reading the teleprompter. As her anxiety spirals, Kaylee feels overwhelmed by her looming debut in front of the camera. Juniper finds her hiding in the bathroom and gives her a mantra to help her remember that she is going on air because she has earned it through hard, meaningful work as “a smart and powerful reporter” and that if she stumbles, she will “stumble with style.” With her new perspective, Kaylee is able to walk onto the W.U.N.D.E.R set with confidence, and work through her anxiety by asking for what she needs.
Ahead of her performance on W.U.N.D.R’s Got Talent, Lily finds herself so overwhelmed with homework, she is worried she won’t be able to participate in the show. She asks the WUNDR team how they are able to manage both their schoolwork and extracurricular activities. Juniper offers Lily a strategy for communicating what she is struggling with to her teachers and after lots of practice, Lily finds the confidence to advocate for herself. On W.U.N.D.R’s Got Talent, Lily shares the drawings she was able to find time to work on after talking to her teacher and her tips for self-advocacy.
- Build family engagement by sending home the prewritten parent letter introducing SuperDville and offering caregivers access to the episodes and discussion guides in multiple languages!
- Select read alouds from the reading list that complement the SEL themes your students are working on.
- Utilize the anchor chart suggestions (you can either print the documents directly from the site or use them as guides to create poster size graphics for your classroom).
- Round out the year by sending home certificates of completion to help students build a sense of accomplishment.
(Episodes and Curriculum in Spanish will be available by the end of the year.)