Wow - it's been a while since I've blogged. There have been a lot of changes in my professional life, but really things aren't that different. Our county created MOID classes at three other schools and there is now only one at my school. One of the MOID teachers moved to the SID/PID class, one moved to gen ed kindergarten. The SID/PID teacher moved to the MOID class at another school, and both of my paraprofessionals were sent to another school. All of the students were sent to the program closest to their home school, so I lost 5 students and gained several from the other MOID classes. My classroom is no longer a MOID class disguised as an AU class (or vice versa). I have two students who do not have any ASD diagnosis (I had three but one moved) but the other 7 are on the spectrum, which is why I say it's really not that different.
Anyway, I feel like I've neglected this blog - even though I'm not strictly an "autism teacher" this year, I still realize that most of what I do in my class would very much be applicable in an "autism class", especially since over 2/3 of my class has autism :-)
This past Friday, of course, we did a lot of Easter activities. Obviously the Easter fun in my class is MUCH more structured than your average elementary school class party. Here are some of the things we did and how I kept it educational!
First thing we did was make these foam egg crafts (I got the materials from Wal-Mart):
- coins - identify, tell value
- spider balls - describe, color
- sound wave (a slinky - we have used a slinky as a model of a sound wave in science for the past couple of weeks - so the students had to show me how the sound waves move up/down and back/forth to make loud/soft and high/low sounds)
- package of fruit snacks (What do you think is inside this bag? How do you know? What do we do with them?) - we didn't eat these now - saved them to take home
- small package of M&Ms (What do you think is inside this bag? How do you know? What do we do with them?) - we didn't eat these now - saved them to take home
- little bottle of bubbles - I opened an extra bottle and blew some bubbles for us to pop
- little toy dinosaur (boys), little ring (girls) - what is this? describe it.
- toy frog (What does a frog say? How does a frog move? What is a baby frog called? - review from a past science unit)
- bouncy ball - just for fun - we bounced them a few times before putting them away to play with at home
- Easter erasers - a bunny and an egg - describe them
- Hershey's kisses (5) - count them, what color are the wrappers, what shape are they?
- I can't for the life of me remember what was in the last egg!!