Third Grade has 2 lessons and one abilities awareness day. This grade focuses on Down Syndrome.
Lesson 1: Introducing Down Syndrome
Students will learn about Down Syndrome and how they may look different, but they are really more similar than different on the inside.
The link below has the lesson plan for this assignment:
There is a PowerPoint provided below that will explain to students all there is to know about Down Syndrome.
Make sure to emphasize that children with Down Syndrome are no different than other kids. They share the same hobbies, feelings, characteristics, etc. This PowerPoint should help students understand that everyone is unique in their own way and have different physical characteristics. Teach them not to judge based on appearance.
Some activities that are recommended are a word search and also a bingo game with words further describing all people with Down Syndrome. These two activities will be found in the kit that Project Self has provided. Also, doing the Q&A at the end of the PowerPoint is strongly recommended as well. Make sure and get a classroom discussion started over these questions!
To close the lesson show your class this video:
Make sure students understand that people with Down Syndrome want to be treated just like everyone else!
Lesson 2: Inclusion
This lesson will teach students about intellectual disabilities.
Link to the lesson plan:
1st: Do all the intellectual disability activities in the Disability Awareness Packet. Make sure students perform the activities and any reflections.
Link to packet:
2nd: Teachers, after the class finishes the activity, read "We'll paint the Octopus Red" aloud to the class. Ask questions relating to the book to make sure students understand the concept of the book.
3rd: Then have students do a writing prompt on a way they would include a friend if they were sitting or playing by themselves. They may draw a picture as well.
4th: **Optional Activity after students are finished (highly recommended): Tell students what a Random Act of Kindness is.
A random act of kindness is a selfless act performed by a person or a group wishing to either assist or to cheer up a individual person is to be kind, thoughtful, use your manners, give out compliments, volunteer, and or forgive someone.
Give students some ideas of a Random Act of Kindness
Hold the door open for someone
Make a card for someone (family member, friend, stranger) to cheer them up
Do a chore at home without your parents asking
Give three people a compliment
Read a book to one of your siblings
Help make dinner
Give someone a hug
Then have students brainstorm what they want to do for their "random act of kindness."
Once the students have decided, have them share out some ideas.
Tell students to do their Random Act of Kindness sometime today. The following day if there is time have students share out what they did and how it made them feel.
Abilities Awareness Day
The stations throughout the day will focus on many different abilities, so students understand all abilities. 3rd Grade will focus on different abilities.
3rd grade will be doing all class activities rather than stations.
1st Activity: Scavenger Hunt
Students get into groups of 3 and take students on a Scavenger Hunt. Have students look out for "Disability friendly" things and "Disability unfriendly" things. Give them this list
Colored or bumpy stripes on stairs (This helps people who can’t see well know they need to step up or down.)
Something to hold onto to go up or down stairs
Parking spots painted blue for people who use wheelchairs or have trouble walking
Lots of bumps on the ground between a sidewalk and the street (When a sidewalk is not higher than the street, these bumps help people who can’t see know when they are about to walk into the street. Hint: Grocery store parking lots are a good place to look for this.)
A door you can open by pushing a button
• A sidewalk with big cracks or tree roots growing in it
• A sidewalk with no ramp to the street at places where you need to cross the street
• Doorways that are not flat across the bottom (If someone is in a wheelchair or has trouble picking up their feet when they are walking, it can be hard to get over big bumps without getting hurt.)
• Toys left on a sidewalk (This can make it hard for someone in a wheelchair to get by. Someone who can’t see could also trip.)
• A very noisy room (This can be unfriendly for kids and grownups with disabilities. When things are too noisy it can be hard to hear important words. It can also be too
Once students are finished and are back in the classroom, show students different disability awareness ribbons. Students will create their own disability awareness ribbons.
Link to some examples of awareness ribbons.
For the last activity students are going to create a ME book. This book will focus on students different characteristics. Give students 5 or 6 pieces of paper on each piece of paper they can write or draw something that they feel makes them unique. for one page they can draw a picture, another write a story, another a poem, etc. Provide stickers and other things for them to decorate. If time allows take a picture of each student and print it out so that can go on the cover of their book. Once students are finished give them time to share with their tables. This activity will show their peers something they may have not known about their classmate but it also shows the student to accept and embrace their difference.