MangoMon

Tag Archives | lessons

Grandparents Day Activities for Students

Grandparents day is Sunday, September 12th.  For a ‘fun Friday’ activity you can have students create cards or arts and crafts projects for them to give to their grandparents this weekend.  Below are a few websites with activities that would be great for elementary students.  If a student doesn’t have a grandparent, they can make the art or craft activity for their parents or for a meaningful adult in their life like a friend of the family, aunt, or uncle.  Your class could also make crafts that could then be delivered to a local nursing home or retirement community.

grandparents

Arts & Crafts

DLTK’s Kids Growing Together site has a variety of arts and craft activities for students to complete.  On this site the teacher can print out grandparent color pages, cards, doorknob hangers, paper picture frames, and special stationary paper.  They also have several craft ideas including creating a gift bag out of a small brown lunch bag, or creating a flower with a picture of the student using cupcake wrappers.  These activities would be great for student in Pre-K up to 2nd grade.

Learning about Grandparents Day

On Apple’s for the Teacher, they also have many arts and craft activities that students can complete.  For older students, they have activities where students can incorporate language arts by writing a poem for their grandparents.  There are gift ideas and activities that would actually incorporate the grandparents into an activity at school.  At my school, we have a grandparents breakfast that coincides with the opening of our book fair.  On this site, there is also an abundant of written information about the history of grandparents day and a cute link about students explaining what their grandparents are and how they are important in their life.   This site has a great list of books that would be appropriate for grandparents day reading.

Creative Last Minute Activities

On the Family Crafts page on About.com, they have a great list of ideas of how you can incorporate activities and crafts for Grandparents day into your classroom.  Many of these ideas are very easy to implement and can be completed with the typical arts and crafts materials that you already have in your classroom.  Students can create collages, draw a picture of their grandparents, and create fun certificates or coupons to give as a gift to their grandparents.  Writing activities include writing a reflection about what makes your grandparents special and writing a poem.  Other tie- ins for other subjects include having the students create a small play they can act out for their grandparents or learning how to say grandma and grandpa in different languages.

All of these activities and crafts can be adapted for different grade and ability levels.  Students can be paired up for many of these activities and act as helpers for students who may not have the mobility skills to cut paper or paste.  For the written activities, teachers can provide guidance by providing sentence or poem starters for the students.  Technology can be incorporated by having the students create cards or poems using a publishing or word processing program.  It would be great to incorporate one of these activities and then on Monday have the students share their experiences with their grandparents and what their reactions were to the great and creative arts and craft presents that they received on their special day.

– Article By Laura Ketcham

– Picture By Wm Chamberlain

Free Teacher Resources | Special Education by MangoMon by MangoMon

0

A Safe Approach to Learning – Special Needs Education

Basic safety precautions are something most students learn at a very young age. For those students with special needs, they may be learned later on in life, but these regulations remain just as important.

Wayne Public Schools in New Jersey has started a “Safety Town” summer program in which disabled or special needs students will learn how to react and behave in typical safety situations. From crossing the street to confrontations with strangers, this weeklong program will teach them appropriate solutions. With advice and safety tips from real police officers and firefighters in the community, students get a hands-on experience.

Safety Town has been offered to beginning kindergarten students for nearly 20 years, but this is the first time the older students can benefit from the program, too. Parents and advocates pushed to have it offered to the special needs children. In addition, a Junior Police Academy, a special needs sports clinic and a bicycle riding program for disabled children will all be in effect.

Including these students into the programs that are offered to the general education students helps both the students and parents feel like they are a bigger part of the community and more involved. These students will eventually become adults, just like all the other students at the schools and need to have reliable sources of information that will help them become productive members of society.

By giving all students the chance to participate and learn about the same things lets everyone know that we are all equal, despite our differences.

Free Teacher Resources | Special Education by MangoMon by MangoMon

0

A Summer of Fun – Camp for Autistic Children

For children who go to summer camp, it is all about having fun and interacting with their peers. For others, it is about more than that.

At the Summer Social Skills Camp, sponsored by the Autism Society of Greater Cleveland, a group of about 20 autistic children and other volunteers gather together to spend quality time over the summer months.

cleveland

Local special education supervisor and teacher Lori and Jim Wotowiec are directors of the camp. Because autism makes it more difficult for children to form social and behavioral relationships, the Wotowiecs wanted to develop a place where the children can practice these skills and form friendships.

Because the camp has peers who do not have autism, they were trained about the disorder ahead of time, so that they would be aware of how to handle a certain situation that may have come up.

Campers attended classes to practice academics, had indoor gym time, group activities, outdoor activities and lunch. Because many problems occur when there is a less structured environment, the peers in the camp who were present were able to provide real-life solutions that would help the children see how to act. These interactions were crucial in letting the autistic children build social and independent living skills.

By providing real situations and social interactions, the children get to practice real life problem solving. Just like any other child, they want to have fun and be accepted. Without the stresses of the classroom, the children can flourish and grow while having fun and gaining confidence.

Free Teacher Resources | Special Education by MangoMon

0

Tel.a.vision – Online Resource for Special Needs Students

I read an article in the June/July 2010 issue of T.H.E. Journal about an online resource called Tel.a.vision.  This online “vision video” creation software has been adapted to suit the needs of special needs students.  The program was developed to help students to build their self-image about what they would like to accomplish this year, in high school, and for their future careers, college, and life.  They do this through a series of steps in which they create and edit a personal video.

earth

One of the goals of this program is to decrease dropout rates and increase graduation rates.  This resource has also had the effect of building students’ self-image, which is considered a contributing factor for increasing of graduation rates.  This program has been used by 10,000 students thus far and seems to be supporting the importance of a positive outlook and goal setting.

This online resource includes eight lesson plans for teachers to introduce in the classroom setting using a projector or interactive whiteboard.  The lessons include journals, reflective questions, peer review, and grading rubrics.  After each lesson the students build one of the eight different scenes of their personal “vision” videos using the Tel.a.vision online software.  The online program is very straight forward with easy to follow directions.  The program also comes with a modifications manual for teachers to implement with students with a variety of special needs.  The students build their videos including writing from the perspective that they have already accomplished their goals.  They are encouraged to include text about accomplishments from the now, the near future, and further into the future possibly including college, careers, and family plans.

The software includes fun and motivational tools to engage the students in their planning by including the ability to add personal pictures, add their favorite songs, and fun transitions and animations along with their written goals.  When the students are done with their videos, they have the option to share them on many of the popular social media sites including YouTube and Facebook.

There are many examples of how the program has been used in various school districts with special needs students along with at-risk students.  There are also student examples on the Tel.a.vision blog, many of which will make you emotionally tear up.  Upon completion of the videos, Tel.a.vision encourages the teachers to setup a “movie night” for the students to share the “vision” videos that they have created with their parents and peers.

The article from T.H.E. Journal along with viewing the Tel.a.vision website has definitely reinforced the long-term value of idea of goal setting, future planning, and visions.  This is definitely a topic that should be included in classroom instruction.  Utilizing the Tel.a.vision online software makes incorporating this topic in your special needs classroom not only easy but fun and inspiring.

-Article by Laura Ketcham

-Picture By aussiegall

Free Teacher Resources | Special Education by MangoMon

0

The Winning Vote – Special Needs Vocabulary Words

Politics and the government are definitely important issue that all citizens of this country should be aware of. From local to national elections, topics of voting and these authority figures usually come up in everyday conversation. For students with special needs, these topics can sometimes be more difficult to understand and learn. These terms that help people both conduct and participate in an election can help students understand the process and participate in it. MangoMon offers both vocational and occupational flashcards that help these students learn such important information, like voting terms.

 

Voting

 

Voting terms are so important to teach because they involve events that most people do every year. From electing a class president to casting a ballot for the local mayor, these terms are very influential. Each term included in the set has the word, picture, audio pronunciation and sample sentences.

These terms are great for helping students learn the terms that are beneficial to any election, no matter how big or small. There are ten vocabulary terms in this set. Words like ballot, candidate and President are some examples of a few of the words in this set.

Special needs students as well as English language learners will benefit from the flashcards because they have the ability to both hear and see the words. The pictures allow them to link words with meanings and form mental images of what each one means. Arrow keys enable students to review and practice the terms on an as-needed basis.

Interactive flashcards like these offer a different way for students to practice important terms. Combining technology with vocabulary lessons will not only help students in the classroom, but they will be prepared for their future.

Free Teacher Resources | Special Education by MangoMon

0

Taking You to a New Place – Special Needs Vocabulary

Getting around town is something we do everyday. For students with special needs, these terms are important, so getting from place to place doesn’t have to be an extra struggle. It is important to learn these words that can not only help students get places, but let them help others, too.  MangoMon offers a vocational and occupational flashcards to give students an interactive way of learning important information, like these words.

Transportation

Transportation terms are so important to learn because they allow students to know the proper places and ways they can get to a certain place. From finding a room in a building by taking an elevator up two floors to getting on the bus at the right location, these terms serve a great purpose. Each term in the set has the word, picture, audio pronunciation and sentences explaining the use.

These terms are great for helping students remember and learn terms that are most common when traveling around town or in a new location. There are ten vocabulary terms in this set. Words like escalator, motorcycle and boat are some of the words in this set.

Special needs students and ESL learners will especially benefit from the flashcards when learning about these terms. Because they have the ability to both hear and see words being used with pictures, they can easily link words with meanings. With arrow keys, they can review and practice the terms again and again.

Interactive flashcards like these give students an extra lesson in common terminology. Using technology to help them learn will also prepare them for their future in both education and society.

Free Teacher Resources | Special Education by MangoMon

0

Classroom Lessons that Make Cents – Life and Money Management Skills

Money Management Life Skills

One of the goals of special education is to make sure that students leave the classroom with the skills to lead an independent life upon graduation.  One way that special education teachers teach this is by incorporating life skills lessons into the curriculum.  One of the important skills that I have written about in previous blog post includes learning about online banking and money management.  These skills can be taught at a young age and encourage through having students have responsibilities and rewards.

money

Responsibilities & Rewards

With today’s tech-savvy times, there are online programs where teachers or parents can help their students and children track their responsibilities and rewards online.  One site that I found that is very kid friendly (easy to use, well designed, and colorful) was Kidspoint.  Kidspoint is a free resource where you set up an account, add the rewards, and track the additions and subtractions of points.  When the child reaches 100, then the child earns the reward.   This site also works via text message so that points can be added and subtracted on the fly.

Allowance Tracking

The skills of tracking the responsibilities and the rewards can then be transferred to teaching about money management.  One way that this can be taught is by establishing responsibilities both at home and school.  At home,the students would earn an allowance.  At school, the students could earn fake money that could be applied to various rewards.  One good resource that informs parents about how to start teaching about money is an article on the Six Wise website. The article encourages teaching money management early in a child’s life.  Children should be taught the different aspects of money – spending, saving, donating, and investing along with making choices.

Just like there are sites for tracking responsibilities and rewards there are sites that help kids and parents to track allowances.  One site that I found is Zefty.  Zefty is a free online site for tracking allowances.  On Zefty, both the parent and child have a login account.  Allowances are then ‘deposited’ and ‘deducted’ from the account.  Basically the parents act as the bank – however there is no actual money in the online system.  Kids are able to track their allowance, print out checks to redeem with their parents, and calculate how long they will have to save to earn for something they would like to buy.

Another similar site is Active Allowance.  Active Allowance has both a free version and a paid version of the program.  The paid version has addition features like budgeting, creating multiple accounts for a child, and child log on accounts.  This site is Similar to Zefty, both the child and the parents have an account.  Parents can setup weekly checklists of items to be completed to earn the allowance.  The children can then track their progress, calculate savings, and print out allowance checks to redeem with their parents.

Both of these sites can be incorporated into the classroom environment.  One way to do this would be to connect with the parents to setup school responsibilities that can be added to the list like completing classwork, home working, participating in class, or even displaying appropriate socialization skills.  Another way to use these sites in the classroom is to use fake money (or even introducing credit and debit cards) and have preset rewards like a homework pass, 5 more minutes of free reading, or other classroom appropriate rewards.  This would still encourage the students to learn the skills of money management along with incorporating the technology to help in tracking and motivation.

Incorporating money management with technology is a realistic approach to how adults in today’s society budget, save, and invest money.  These skills are important for all students to learn, especially students with special needs.

-Article by Laura Ketcham

Picture By: emdot
Free Teacher Resources | Special Education by MangoMon

0

It’s Safe To Say These Words Are Important #SPED #ESOL

Common safety words and terms are important for all students to learn. No matter what age you are or where you live, all students should be aware of the areas around them and how to remain safe in everyday situations. For students with special needs, emphasis on these terms may be what they need to have them better comprehend the importance and understanding of these words. Accidents can happen to anyone, so it is important that they learn some of the common words that may be used in such times. MangoMon offers a vocational and occupational flashcards to give students a unique way of learning important information, such as these terms.

Safety

Safety terms are so important to learn because they can help make the difference between an accident and serious harm. Each word in the set has the term and a picture, audio pronunciation and sample sentences. The samples and situations used here are typical of a real-life accident that could happen to anyone.

These terms are great for helping students remember and learn terms that are most common in an accident. There are ten vocabulary terms in this set. Words like caution, fire extinguisher and sharp are some of the words in this particular set.

Special needs students and ESL learners will all find these flashcards helpful in learning situations. Because they have the ability to hear and see words being used with pictures, they can easily link words with meanings. Arrow keys one each slide allow for additional review of the terms.

These flashcards give students a helpful addition to a lesson in safety. Integrating technology into learning will also prepare students for their future education and the advances in technology.

Free Teacher Resources | Special Education by MangoMon

0

Start Your Engines and Get Ready to Learn! | SPED / ESOL

Approaching vocabulary terms from a different angle of learning can sometimes be a refreshing task for many students. For those students with special needs, unique teaching approaches are what often help them retain information. Because many of them will soon be on the road driving or spending time in cars, vocabulary terms about parts of a car will prove useful. Interactive flashcards from MangoMon offer a range of vocational and occupational terms. These free flashcards offer a unique way of learning important information that is used everyday.

Parts of a Car

Students can easily practice the terms they will use when driving or riding in a car. They will most likely be using these terms on an everyday basis so it is a great use of practicing vocabulary.

Each word in the set has the term and a picture, audio samples of the word and example sentences. These words are helpful samples of what students may encounter on the road and in a driving environment.

These terms are great for helping students remember and learn terms that are most common in a driving environment. There are ten vocabulary terms in this set. Words like brake light, windshield wiper and fender are some of the words in this set.

Special needs students and ESL learners will all find these flashcards beneficial. Because they can both hear and see words being used with pictures, they can easily link words with meanings. Arrow keys allow for additional review by moving back and forth between terms.

These flashcards give students a better understanding of such common terminology. Resources like these are always a helpful addition to any lesson for students with special needs or learning disabilities. Integrating technology into learning will also prepare students for their future careers and advances in technology.

Free Teacher Resources | Special Education by MangoMon

0

Learning Shouldn’t Be a Job – Occupational Flashcards

The task of learning new words and terms can sometimes feel like a job if students are not motivated to learn. For students with special needs, sometimes extra encouragement is needed for them to feel motivated. Terms that involve employment are especially important to incorporate into lessons because many of them will find themselves in the work place shortly after or during school. These vocabulary terms will prepare students for the real world and the jobs that involve them. Interactive flashcards allow students to practice terms in a fun way. MangoMon offers a range of vocational and occupational flashcards. These free flashcards offer a distinctive way of learning important information.

Employment

By hearing and seeing employment words, students can practice the terms they will need to find and apply for jobs, as well as working in one. They will most likely be using these terms in future careers or everyday tasks.

Each word in the set has the word, a picture, audio pronunciation and sample sentences. These words are helpful in preparing students with a realistic example of what they might be talking about when they apply for a job, hold a job or need to get something done in an office.

These terms are great for helping students remember and learn terms that are most common in a working environment. There are nine vocabulary terms in this set. Words like application, employee and interview are some of the words in this set.

Special needs students and ESL learners will find benefit from using these flashcards. The ability to both hear and see words being used in a sample sentence with pictures allows them to link words with meanings. Arrow keys allow for additional review.

The elements of these flashcards give students a better understanding of such important words. Resources like these flashcards are always a helpful addition to any lesson for students with special needs. Integrating technology into learning will also prepare students for their future careers.

Free Teacher Resources | Special Education by MangoMon

0

© 2016 Smart Tutor LLC. All Rights Reserved.

css.php