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Alphabet of Thankfulness: G is for Graphing Activities

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Apple variety for sampling

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.

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Bites of golden delicious, granny smith, and red delicious

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.

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Chart for graphing favorite apple type.

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Chart for documenting adjectives regarding what we found with the apples.

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trace and color student work sample

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trace and color student work sample

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trace and color student work sample

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Student work and graphs displayed in the hallway


Alphabet of Thankfulness – E is for Electronics

ipad-apps-for-teachersI 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:

GrasshopperApps.com 

  • ABC Alphabet by Little Sorter
  • Rhyming words
  • Little Reader
  • Little Speller
  • Things That Go Together
  • Sight Words by Photo Touch

Kindergarten.com

  • 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.