Mrs Larson’s Program Center – “Go for the GOLD!“
The Winter Olympics has been an exciting topic of study in the Program Center for the past few weeks. An online story called “Winter Games” found at: http://www.uniteforliteracy.com/featured/new/book?BookId=1506 got everyone excited about the Olympics. After the story, the students were eager to tell their classmates their favorite sport. It was fun using the microphone from our amplification system, as they often do, to practice using their strong, loud voices and to use full sentences… “I liked snowboarding the best” or “My favorite sport was figure skating”. Next, the students proceeded to their own computers to complete a Microsoft Word assignment. For this assignment, they were required to type a list of winter sports, highlight it and then use the numbering tool to number the list. For those who had time, appropriate graphics were inserted next to each sport to embellish their documents. It was impressive to see many students work independently or with an increased level of independence on this multi-step task. Everyone earned a gold medal for trying his or her best!
The Computer Skills career cluster students have been working extra hard this past semester learning how to design beautiful eye-pleasing banners using a program called Print Shop 23.1. Staff members who wish to have a banner made for their bulletin board or for a special event or occasion fill out a banner order form. This form contains information about the message they wish to have on the banner as well as the types of graphics they would like included. The students having been working independently or as part of a team to create these banners according to the orders. They are learning to accurately follow the directions and give the “customer” just what they want. This month they worked on banners for the upcoming CROP fundraiser as well as nutrition-themed banners for February, Heart Healthy Snacks. Besides knowing where on the screen to click to design the banners, the students make many design decisions including which font looks best, where to place the graphics and how large to make them. By the end of the semester, many career students are able to make beautiful banners, which they are proud to see displayed in the hallways.
Mrs Giorello’s Class – “Best Resources!“
Did you know there are many different kinds of resources in the world? The students in room 512 are learning all about resources in their Social Studies class, particularly Natural, Capital and Human Resources.
To help the students understand these different kinds of resources, Mrs. Giorello played a variety of video clips from Discoveryeducation.com which demonstrated each kind of resource and gave examples on screen. The videos portrayed a variety of natural resources, most importantly the sun, water, air and soil which are the most necessary. They also learned about money and equipment being capital resources. Lastly, people in all occupations were described as human resources. The class also read about these resources on the Smart Board in their online text book.
The students identified pictures and sorted them into the type of resource each would be. These pictures were pasted onto a poster labeled with these three main types of resources.
Here is Ryan pasting a picture onto the poster. Great job, Ryan!
In community living we are working on skills related to the restaurant. Students are learning skills as both a customer and as an employee. We are fortunate to have a restaurant set up in the school with tables and booths that allow are students to practice their skills. First, students practice as customers waiting in line to be seated. Students enjoy role playing as a host or hostess and leading customers to their seats. We discussed using inside voices in a restaurant and using words and signing please and thank you when seated. As employees students have been following one-step directions in properly setting a table and rolling up utensils in a paper napkin. Students have also been practicing folding cloth napkins. Students practice clearing off tables and wiping them down. At home if your child does not set the table for meals introduce this skill and let them practice with paper products first. You can create a simple diagram for your child to use as a visual to assist them in properly setting the table.