One of my wonderful classroom Aides, Dawn Dill, put together this apple activity to introduce our students with Autism to the taste, smell, texture, sound, and sight of apples in a few different varieties, namely red delicious, golden delicious, and granny smith.
It’s a great opportunity to document student opinions regarding their likes and dislikes versus those of their classmates. It’s also a way to introduce graphs and charts to your students in a fun and entertaining environment. Often my students are apprehensive about learning a new skill, but this teaches it to them without it feeling like they are learning. The following apple graph can be found at http://www.teachwithme.com/downloads/item/3767-apple-activities-and-crafts.
- Alphabet of Thankfulness: F is for Freebie’s! (acrowdedclassroom.wordpress.com)
I am thankful for electronics in my classroom. Almost 4 years ago the district invested in iPods and iPads for all Special Education classrooms. This has allowed us to add several more learning opportunities to each day. Following is a list of just a few of the FREE apps that I use in my classroom:
- Shapes Toddler Preschool by Toddler Teasers
- Tiny Hands Sorting 3 by Tiny Hands apps
- Amazing Coins by Joy Preschool Game
- Articulation Station by Little Bee Speech
- Paint Sparkles Draw by Kids Games Club
- ABC Magnet Board Plus by Tatiana Churanova
- Baby Sign and Learn by Baby Sign and Learn
- Spelling Bug by Power Math Apps
- ABC Phonics Rhyming Words Lite by Abitalk Incorporated
- Spelling City by Spelling City
- Stack the States Lite by Dan Russell Pinson
- Toddler Counting Free by iTot Apps, LLC
- Preschool Memory Match by Darren Murtha Designs
- Mathmateer Free by Dan Russell-Pinson
Two of my favorite developers with free apps to check out are:
- ABC Alphabet by Little Sorter
- Rhyming words
- Little Reader
- Little Speller
- Things That Go Together
- Sight Words by Photo Touch
- ABA Receptive Identification by Class
- ABA Which go Together?
- ABA What Rhymes?
- ABA Alphabet Flash Cards
- ABA Animal Flash Cards
- ABA Food Flash Cards
I paid nothing for each of these apps over the past 4 years, but there is a possibility they are no longer free. There are great free apps available all the time and make great remediation and practice for students or your own children.