2nd Grade has 2 lessons and one abilities awareness day. 2nd grade focuses on teaching students about Autism.
1st Lesson: Introducing Autism
This lesson introduces students to Autism and how to be a friend with someone who has Autism.
1st: Start off by asking the class if anyone knows what Autism is.
2nd: After students try to answer that questions then follow the presentation.
Link to slideshow is below:
3rd: After you follow the presentation, pass out the copies of the word search and the coloring sheets (word search will be provided in the Project Self Kit, links to different coloring sheets are below).
2nd Lesson: Autism Speaks Classroom Tool Kit
This lesson was created by Autism Speaks. It focuses on teaching students that it's okay to be different.
Below is the link to the lesson plan:
This is the link to the Autism Speaks classroom lessons:
1st: Scroll to the 2nd-3rd grade lesson. Follow the lesson as it is listed. Start with the KWL chart, have students share out what they know and want to know about Autism. (the KWL chart can be found in the materials index).
2nd: Continue, by watching the 2nd video listed. The link is listed below. It is easier to access this way:
Follow the lesson plan as explained.
3rd: Puzzle piece templates are in the materials index. If the ones in the index do not work one will be provided in the Project Self Kit.
4th: If finished early have students complete the partner drawing activity.
Teachers, after all 2nd grade classes have created their puzzle piece, get together with the other teachers and put together a bulletin board to display in the hall. That would be awesome!
Abilities Awareness Day:
The stations throughout the day will focus on many different abilities, so students understand all abilities. 2nd grade will focus on learning disabilities. 2nd graders will understand the sensory issues some kids with different abilities have.
There will be different stations that teaches students different sensory things that helps kids with different abilities calm down.
Start your day by creating a sensory unfriendly room. Students will attempt to write a short story about what they did or what they will do for the weekend (depending on what day it is). Flicker the lights, play loud distracting sounds, have a parent volunteer or teacher go to different students tap their shoulder repeatedly, etc.
After that explain to students that students with Autism or sensory issues the smallest light flicker can seem like the lights turning on and off or sitting in the cafeteria can be super loud to them. Make sure students understand how certain things that don't seem like a big deal can upset students with different abilities.
After the sensory unfriendly room, split students into smaller groups and begin the sensory stations.
1st Station: Making sensory bottles. Fill water with different things (glitter, small rubber bands, buttons, etc) After students put what they want in their sensory bottle then fill the bottle with water.
2nd Station: Making touch and feel sensory cards. Give students a note card have them glue on different objects. Pipe cleaners, cotton balls, felt stickers, etc.
3rd Station: Students will play with play dough.
4th Station: For this station you will need a parent volunteer or a teacher. Students will be playing Simon Says. Explain to students that some kids with sensory issues or Autism have a hard time in loud places but they still want to play with everyone. Simon Says is a great game that is quiet and everyone loves to play.
5th Station: This next station teaches students about gross motor skills. Some students with a different ability have trouble with hand eye coordination or large movement skills. This is an activity that helps improve this. Students will need a fly swatter and blown up balloons. Students will get with a partner and pass the balloon back and fourth with their fly swatter.
6th Station: This station will also help improve gross motor skills. This is called animal walking. Students will write down their favorite animal and put it in a bucket. A volunteer will pull out the name and have the students walk like that animal does.
After the stations, have the class come back together and show them sensory friendly rooms.
Have students brainstorm ways the school can make their classrooms more sensory friendly to everyone. So all students can learn at their fullest potential.