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 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 learning of a threat to recess time at his school, Alex rushes to the W.U.N.D.R studio to get the story out. There, he meets a team of hard-working reporters–who are all kids with learning differences! As they prepare to go live with the story, Alex is intimidated and thinks to himself, “Wow, they’re all so confident. I wish I could be a part of their team.” As he attempts to sneak out of the studio, Elsworth catches him and encourages him to think about what his unique strengths are. Alex realizes that the WUNDR team only has this key story because he is observant. The team needs his talent and he is named their Resident Story Finder. The W.U.N.D.R team reminds us that confidence doesn’t come from being good at everything; it comes from discovering what makes you special!
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.
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.
- 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.)