My teaching idea is to have my students share, experience, and learn about their holiday traditions and the holiday traditions of others. I would like my students to be able to do this using a variety of resources and having them learn using all of their senses. The most challenging task for me is making the project age appropriate for my students since, I have nine 3rd graders with Autism whose levels of functioning are significantly diverse ranging from below preK to about 1st grade.
My students will learn or experience what makes their holiday traditions and others special. Some activities for this project will focus on the simple real-life skills for example setting the table or helping with the cooking. We will be reading stories, singing songs, and creating examples of what really represents that holiday tradition. During this project we will be working on counting, measuring, colors, cultural awareness, literacy, social, fine motor, and many other valuable skills.
I will use the resources found at the school like the library, but also the special area teachers like the librarian and music teacher. I will also include the OT and speech therapist. I will need food and paper items from the grocery store along with everyday materials (e.g., paper, pencils, crayons, paint, glitter, markers, etc.)
I currently teach a 3rd grade self-contained classroom with 9 students who have been diagnosed with Autism. They\'re functioning levels and needs vary from toddler to about 1st grade and everything in between. I have students who are verbal and some that are not, as well as some students who are potty trained and some that are still in diapers. Every activity that we do requires modifications to each students needs and for some students they even require hand over assistants to complete the task.