Monday, April 25, 2016

Workbasket Wednesday with Autism Classroom Resources

I love this blog, she is always addressing an issue that is EXACTLY what I need help with!

I haven't needed to use workboxes near as much in the last couple of years, but keep all the ones we've made for ....just in case.

Just in Case walked through my door! I needed to get back in the mode so I visited Chris's blog again and now I am fired up!
I am sharing a couple of easy to make activities. It's all about the way you structure the activity.

Here are some dot to dot pages that I tweaked to include the sequence of letters/numerals the student needs to follow to complete the picture. They are laminated which makes it easy to erase and be ready to go again.

Once they understand and practice these pages, the student graduates to the "non-tweaked" versions.
These are from various workbooks and coloring books.

 This was a sticker book, we laminated, placed Velcro for the numerals and found some number cards that are pretty thick and solid, The tray with the numerals  help to organize the student.
I modified this for a student by writing in the numbers with an erasable marker. For a student who is not solid on one to one correspondence counting 10 puppies can be overwhelming.  Eventually students realize it is in sequence!

I plan on making some new activities to meet my student's curriculum soon, and will share in May.

Check out Autism Classroom Resources!

Thank you for coming by,


Friday, April 22, 2016

Five for Friday!

Five for Friday is a wonderful opportunity to connect with other educational blogs!
so join the party and connect with Doodle Bugs Teaching!

We worked on writing a better sentence this week.
This first photo is a page from Step up to Writing.
Have I ever mentioned that I love the promethean board??


They loved this book, we read it at least three times on request!
I asked the students what they thought of the pig in the story and they said "silly" and "lucky".
That about sums it up!
Next, we used a picture from the book to get ideas on writing a better sentence.
They did a great job adding more descriptive words:
"The pirate wolf perched on the small, dirty and smelly trash can."
Now that the snow and ice is melted off the outdoor basketball court, the chalk art is beginning! I really enjoy seeing what they draw.

 We read this Froggy book and did some fun sequencing activities.
Leaves, dirt, sun!
So ready for summer!

I discovered a yummy snack/lunch!
34 degree multi-grain crackers
Laughing Cow creamy light Swiss cheese
Turkey pepperoni
9 crackers, spread the cheese on, top with turkey pepperoni.
and only 4 Weight Watcher Points.
oh yeah!

Things are speeding up now...field trips, MAP testing, meetings....
but it's all good...
I am taking the summer off this year!

I really don't remember the last summer I didn't work..
I am really looking forward to it!

Hang in there,


Saturday, April 9, 2016

Linking with Doodle Bugs!

 Join me for Doodle Bugs Teaching Linking Party!
It's a blast!
I missed last week so I will be sharing the last 2 weeks!
First of all....
AND also the Alternative Assessment.
Due to technical difficulties.
It was to be our last year to do this anyway...but it's weird how it all came about. I'm sure if you are a teacher who works for a district using the KITE website for testing, you know all about it.
There was a tremendous amount of work went into preparing for this, the scheduling alone was a nightmare. I am sad for those who worked so many additional hours.
I was visited by our amazing superintendent of schools and my principal
saying that I am one of five teachers in our district chosen as a
BP Teacher of Excellence!
I am blown away!
It still seems surreal.

I went with friends to see "On Golden Pond" at the Valley of Performing Arts in Wasilla.
So wonderful, the actors did a great job.
I feel so fortunate to see these plays and get to spend an evening with good friends.
The people who built the set didn't disappoint!
I mentioned this book last post. I am using the  "Step up to Writing" program and in this lesson we used the cards accompanying the book to make sentences. Next, they figured out which words or phrases told an action, a what, when, who, or where.
I am liking this program!

I was in Palmer this week and just liked this view.
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