My students are a group of diverse learners on the autism spectrum in the 7th and 8th grades. They attend a low-income K-8 elementary school on the northwest side of Chicago. Our cluster program offers dynamic instruction in functional academics, life skills and community based learning.
We are always learning something new and fun in my room!
Everyday my students do station work where they explore math with hands on activities, build reading skills with high interest readers, and they create art projects and observe weekly science experiments. Every week the class travel as a group to places in the community to practice speaking and listening skills at McDonald's, Jewel, Dunkin' Donuts and Subway. There is always something to look forward to in our cluster program!
Our classroom books are outdated and not relevant to the needs of my middle school students with special needs! New classroom books that promote literacy through an exploration of topics ranging from personal hygiene, nutrition and meal preparation, emotional management and wellness, and how to prepare for jobs and careers in the community would be a great addition to our classroom. With new books to pique the interest of my students, learning and personal growth will soar in our new library!
Each week, my students shop for groceries and takes a cooking class so we need books about food groups and healthy eating!
My students are learning how to care for themselves by getting dressed and brushing their teeth at home, so books about personal hygiene will support these essential life skills! Our program is also centered on travel skills and preparing for a job in the future so books about jobs and workers and how to manage stress and emotions will help them on their trajectory to meaningful work and employment in the future.
My students are enthusiastic readers that love to explore new book and discuss topics, so new classroom sets of books will be very exciting for them. I like to integrate books and read-alouds during station work to support literacy, life skills, and social emotional health. I can't wait to see how these new materials will promote new growth and personal development in my classroom.
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