For the “tele” piece, I ask what words we know that also begin with “tele.” Television. Telephone. Telegraph. Where I’m going with this is that they all communicate over vast distances. So when a student suggests “teleport,” it is keeping that distance theme. Not sure that all my kids will be familiar with teleporting, I tell them that this is something they may have seen in Star Trek or X-Men.
A student calls out, “Iron Man.”
“No,” I answer, “Iron Man can’t teleport.”
Student is pertrubed. ”Yes, he can,” he insists.
“Do not,” I say, “argue with me about what Iron Man can and cannot do.”
(The kids also suggested Deadpool as a teleporter. I haven't seen the Wolverine movie, so I'm not sure if this is a good example or not. I know movie!Deadpool has a lot of powers. This leads to a confused child asking, "Miss...do you watch X-Men?")