The Hero Factory is a fun way to create your own super hero. Best of all, it’s an excellent motivational device to encourage students to create character profiles and write adventure stories.
I’ve had success using cbpherofactory.com with year 3 to 6 students using an interactive whiteboard (IWB) in the following way:
1. Show a super hero movie trailer (great for building excitement). Here is a Wonder Woman movie trailer.
2. Show a written profile of a super hero character. Here is a profile on superman.
3. Have the class collaborate on the creation of a super hero using The Hero Factory on the IWB.
4. Have students create their own super heroes and post them on their blogs with a written character profile. Here are some examples.
(Thanks to Heather Blakey for introducing this site to the students at Guildford Primary School where I first became aware of it.)