Physics of Superheroes Lesson Plan

Instructor: Heather Jenkins

Heather has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education. She was a public school teacher and administrator for 11 years.

This lesson discusses the scientific information presented in the book ''The Physics of Superheroes.'' Students will discuss how science supports or debunks superhero powers and create their own superhero whose powers can be explained by physics.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define Newtonian mechanics, thermodynamics, and quantum mechanics
  • Describe how comic book superhero powers can be explained or debunked by physics
  • Create a superhero with superpowers that can be explained using different physics laws, principles, and theories


2+ hours (additional time for extension activity)

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them in simpler but still accurate terms.


Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 11-12 texts and topics


  • Comic books
  • Blank paper
  • Art supplies (pencils, pens, markers, colored pencils)
  • Copies of lesson and/or lesson quiz (optional)

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