Trips to many people sound like a great way to get out of school work and have a “free” day but at Midland we work hard on our trips. There are many skills that we focus on during our super senior trips. The skills include:
We work on Personal safety both on the bus and walking in parking lots to get to the various places. We emphasize using our eyes (to watch what is going on around us) and our ears (listening for moving vehicles and warning sounds)
The students have worked hard on developing many of these skills and are showing real pride in their accomplishments. The students have made great strides in their abilities to make choices and independently pay for their items. In the picture Daniel and Angelica are following a shopping list and locating the prices for various items. The super seniors will continue to take trips to different places and expand their skills to become more confident in their own abilities.
Mrs Serrano’s Class – “Thank You for Your Service!”
In language arts, students listened to a story read aloud. The literature revealed facts about soldiers in the military. The article described how soldiers protect our country. After answering questions about the military and talking about people the students knew who served, they made cards and wrote letters to a Midland Staffs’ son and a cousin of one of our students. This lesson gave the students an opportunity to learn new vocabulary words and to appreciate how others keep us save. The students’ understood the phrase, “home of the free because of the brave”, after we brainstormed ideas on what the phrase meant. Visual cues and you tube videos helped the students in comprehending the information in this lesson. It was amazing to witness the care and concern the students showed towards the soldiers we were writing to.
Mrs Hansson’s Class – “Click, Clack, Moo!”
The class enjoyed listening to the book Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin and looking at the pictures. Reading provides an opportunity to practice listening for specific information and answering wh- questions. Visual supports are given as needed to assist students in answering questions. After reading, the students made paper plate cows. They used their fine motor skills by cutting out different parts for the cow and painting black spots on the plate. This was fun for everyone!
Another activity that the class enjoyed was playing telling time games on the SmartBoard. When playing games on the SmartBoard, the students have to sit quietly and wait for their turn. The students had multiple chances to go up to the SmartBoard, identify the numbers they saw, and name the time displayed on the clock, with assistance as needed. Using technology is always engaging, and this was no exception!