Middle School 2
Reading, Math & Living Skills
Sue Bredenberg, Teacher
Shelley Belcher, Paraprofessional
We welcome seasonal changes, holidays and traditions surrounding these special days. They become the focus each month for literature and related activities.
In Language Arts we have activities designed for a wide range of abilities.
1. Adapted Weekly Reader stories offer opportunities for students to read short passages which have text paired with pictures. Students demonstrate comprehension by answering literal questions which again have text and pictures offered for their responses.
2. Edmark Functional reading provides students with opportunities to listen, read and write words commonly found in their environment.
3. Students use "carrier phrases" (I see, I hear) to interact with literature written by award winning authors.
4. Students participate in interactive, repeated storybook readings that are based on familiar experiences/interests by selecting pictures to demonstrate comprehension or by using a speech generated device programmed with a repetitive phrase.
5. Students use core vocabulary ("more" & "all done") to direct and make requests while listening to stories.
6. Students participate in stories that have been programmed into step-by-step speech devices. Alternate pages of the stories are recorded into the speech devices. The students actively listen while a page is read and then respond by activating their switch to read their page. This process continues until the story is completed.
Our students are incredibly fortunate to have iPad's available in several of the classrooms. This is the third year students have been using the iPad as a valuable educational tool. There are a wide variety of apps available which potentially increase learning outcomes and motivation for learning.
The colorful apps generate excitement and motivate students to practice skills. The iPad offers immediate feedback which is so important in skill acquisition. It offers additional practice and generalization of skills by using technology that is accepted as the norm in school settings.
The following are some of the uses of the IPad in my classroom:
1. Illustrated, animated stories...students listen to books as they follow along with the highlighted printed copy.
2. Sight word vocabulary & functional vocbulary
4. Letter /sound identification
5. Memory games, sequencing matching skills & puzzles
6. Number identification
7. 1-1 correspondence
8. Money skills
9. Art & music self expression
Math activities offer many opportunities to practice "hands on" activities to increase speed and accuracy of a specific functional skill.
The following are some of the activities and skills
1. 1-1 correspondence
2. Number identification
4. Grouping of objects into number sets
5. Simple mathematical equations:
*Using Math Rods
*Using Touch Point Math
*Using Hot Dots Mat
*Using Market Math & Fast Food Math
6. Dollar Over Strategy
7. Assembly, Counting & Packaging
*Nuts & bolts
* Boxtops for Education
8. Following multiple step procedure to complete a task
*Wrapping silverware (restaurant style)
*Folding shirts (department store fold)
9. Simple graphing
10. Time concepts
Living Skills activities provide a functional setting for math and reading. Opportunities are provided to use core vocabulary to direct and guide activities. Students are able to measure, use number identification, counting, sorting and follow through for task completion using a Task Analysis. A Task Analysis is when a task is divided into a sequence of steps and provides a visual picture of each step in the process. As a step is completed the picture for that step is removed. Leisure activities provide experience with music and movement along with arts and crafts. Students will have opportunities to learn important life skills such as following directions, working with others and sharing, staying on task for job completion, turn taking, listening and responding skills and safety awareness.
Daily, Weekly or Monthly Observances Related to May Themes
Physical Fitness and Sports Month
!st Week, Be Kind to Animals Week
3rd Week, Police Week
May1, May Day
May 5, Cinco de Mayo
May 5. Children's Day
May 8, Mother's Day
May 25, Fun Day and last day of school
May 30, Memorial Day observed
Rocks, dirt and mud
Plants and seeds
Caterpillar and Butterflies
Literature Connection, Featured Books
Chicken Little, by Rebecca and Ed Emberley
Cinco de Mayo, by Lola M. Schaefer
Celebrating Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Time, by Sandi Hill
Pinata, by Rebecca Emberley
Celebrating Mothers Day, by Sandi Hill
Just Me and My Mom, by Mercer Mayer
Does A Kangaroo Have a Mother Too?, Eric Carl
What Mother's Can't Do, Douglas Wood
Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
Memorial Day, by Sheri Dean
Students will use eye gaze to make choices for a May Day craft.
They will use eye gaze to make choices and activate a switch to create a gift for MOM on her special day.