Mrs Dornick’s Class – “A Fabulous Start!”
We are off to a fabulous start in room 220 to the school year! It is hard to believe fall is here already and it is heading to the end of October already. We have been doing all kinds of activities in Reading, Math, Motor and independent living for the fall season. During Reading we listened to several stories about the fall season and how the leaves change. So far our favorite story was “Arthur’s Halloween”. We listened to the story, recalled facts about the story and then sequenced events. During Motor skills we have made many fall crafts. We refined our motor skills making acorns, leaves, pumpkins and even scarecrows. We even played a fall vocabulary bingo game. In Math we have learned about using measurements when in the kitchen to make a fall classic “applesauce”
During community living skills students worked on Reading and Math skills by following a shopping list. Each student was given a different list and had to get the requested items and the correct amount of the item. After students followed their list they had to then use their money skills to pay for the items. Pictured is Nicolle getting her apples and getting the requested amount of apples. Another student was the cashier and another was the bagger.
Mrs Lazaro’s Class – “The ALLOWANCE Game!”
In group math we use games and interactive activities to practice skills we use in everyday life. One of our favorite games, The Allowance Game, allows students to practice money skills, reading and following directions while also reinforcing proper social skills. Each student rolls the dice, counts the number of spaces to move their game piece, and reads the directions on the space. Then they follow the directions to collect money or spend money. The students practice identifying coins and bills as well as their value. This game ties in nicely to our social studies unit, the rights and responsibilities of being good citizens. It allows the students to practice this concept by “earning money” at home doing chores, such as cleaning the garage, or doing work in the community like walking the neighbor’s dog. Practicing math skills in this way is fun and engaging, and also gives students the opportunity to practice important social skills such as turn taking, cooperation, and communication – all part of good citizenship!
Mr Staropoli’s SHOP Class – “Fall Projects!”
In the General Shop, students are working on several projects including snowflakes, sleds, and turkeys. To complete each project, students first choose a pattern. Students then tack the pattern onto the wood with a hammer and nails and help trace the project pieces. With assistance, students cut the pieces to their projects and sand until smooth. Students are encouraged to identify the appropriate tools for each job and retrieve those tools from the tool cabinet. At their own pace, students drill, countersink, and paint their projects. Students are encouraged to problem solve as well as make choices, including the project they want to make, the tools they want to use, and the color to paint or stain their final project. Parents- keep your eyes open for these finished projects coming home soon!