You can take anything that peaks a kids excitement - and make it a bridge to learning.
It turns out a new student is a big fan of overhead projectors. You remember.... the old technological marvel that was used endlessly in classrooms everywhere! He was a bit disappointed to see I didn't have one, but we bonded over Youtube videos of this lost technology and being silly.
And now we have made our own version of an overhead projector with some old transparencies and an iPhone flashlight - all while honing our comprehension skills by describing illustrations that can be blown up as big as the wall!