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Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall: Dress and Play for Them All

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Keywords: Seasons book, autism, sequencingg with seasons., special education sequence lesson
Subject(s): Social Skills, Autism, Geography, Early Learning, Science, Special Needs, Speech and Language, English/Language Arts
Grades 2 through 5
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
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School: Denker Ave Elementary School, Gardena, CA
Planned By: sharlene scott
Original Author: sharlene scott, Gardena
Motivation:Teacher will read and stories, poems, video clips, and other realia to talk to students about the four seasons.
Materials: book: Four Stories for Four seasons or The Four Seasons: An Earth Day Interactive Tab Tale (free app through iTunes). Pictures/clip art of clothes and activities related fto each season, paper dolls (angelfire.com offers free printables dolls along with an assortment of outfits), laminating sheets (cold stick ones),glue or Velcro tabs with adhesive, chart paper, construction paper, crayons, and markers.

Lesson Steps:
1.The teacher will read the book or use a mobile device to show the app story to the students.
2. Teacher will have students name the four seasons. Teacher will make 4 large charts for each season.
3. The teacher will show students pictures of activities and ask them to to tell which season the activity belongs in.
4. Students will glue or tape the pictures onto the right season chart.
5. The teacher will show students different pictures of seasonal clothing which they will place with the correct season poster.
6. The teacher will tell students they will be making a book about the seasons.
7. Using a calendar, the teacher will tell and show the students about the time of year each season occurs.
8. After teaching the seasons in sequence with the calendar, the teacher will give each student an 8 sheet construction paper book, pre-cut and laminated paper dolls, pre-cut and laminated pictures of different activities, and pre-cut and laminated clothing pieces for the dolls.
9. The teacher will have the students copy or glue one or two sentence starters on each page ( ex. It is _____. During ____ I can____. I can wear____). Students can Velcro or glue the doll cutouts onto the pages.Velcro is best so they can to change the outfits for the seasons as they practice this lesson throughout the year.
10. The Teacher can then introduce digital lessons on sequence from the Inclusion bundle to continue to work on sequence using the days of the week, their school or home schedule,holidays, and other natural time and order events that can be useful for daily living.
11. Each student will read or show his or her book to a friend or the class.
Tip: Some paper dolls and clothes may come in black and white templates that student can color to add their own creative touches before laminating.
Extension: Teacher might want to record students presenting their stories with a mobile device then load to individual jump drives to share with parents during conferences or take photos to make a multimedia presentation for other school events.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
The seasons book or sentence frame templates can be used to teach writing and spelling as well.
Materials: Digital Cameras, Flash/USB Drives, Clip Art, Autism