March is just around the corner and it’s time to start planning for next month’s lessons! Here are some different activities you can use with your students.
Leprechaun, Leprechaun, What Do You See? This adapted book works on identifying different color objects. I was thinking of the Lucky Charms cereal while making this book! Pair the book with a rainbow craft activity and you are all set. Check out this previous post for more details on how to set up the book and activity. Leprechaun Book Post
Another good book to read around St. Patrick’s Day is There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Clover by Lucille. This book is great to target holiday vocabulary terms and work on sequencing events in a story. Print out this free handout of There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Clover book pictures, sequencing pictures, and visual question sheet. There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Clover Freebie
Don’t forget about cooking! Shamrock Shakes, Freezes, and Floats are a perfect treat for this time of the year.
Shamrock Freeze and Shamrock Shake – If you have a blender you can make either Shamrock Freezes or Shamrock Shakes. Each one comes with both a visual and written recipe and follow-up questions. The pictures created for each recipes can be used as visuals to teach new vocabulary terms, pictures for non-verbal students to use during the activity, and/or to help the students as they complete the follow up comprehension worksheets. These recipes are always a big hit and can be used with students of all ages and with varying skill levels.
Shamrock Floats – The recipe consists of adding 1 scoop of lime sherbet into a cup. Pour one cup of Sprite over the sherbet and watch the bubbles and listen to the noise it makes. Finally add whipped cream on top and the float is complete. After the students finish drinking the floats have them complete the follow up sequencing activity to identify what went in the cup first, second, and third.
For more details about this recipe check out last year’s post. Shamrock Shakes, Freezes, and Floats Post
Finally with Easter this month Bunny, Bunny What Do You See? and an Easter Egg craft can help finish out the month. The Bunny book targets both number concepts and spring animal vocabulary. Each page has the student identify a different number of spring animals. There are different ways you can change the prompting for this book to meet the level of your student. Limiting the visual field of choices to 2 or 3 may help some of your lower functioning students.
Shaving Cream Easter Eggs is a great craft to work on following directions, sequencing, action verbs, and turn-taking with pers. The Easter Egg Mix consist of equal parts of glue, shaving cream, and then a few drops of food coloring. I set up the activity by lining up the 3 ingredients and modeling the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd concepts…1st -glue, 2nd-shaving cream, and 3rd-food coloring. I have the kids help me by saying “Ready….Set….Pour!” for the glue as we pour it on a paper plate. Then the kids take turns shaking the shaving cream before we add it to the mix….”shake, shake, shake“. After you add the shaving cream and glue have the kids pick a color and add a few drops of food coloring to the mixture. We pass the mixture around and take turns stirring the mixture…”stir, stir, stir“. Each students get a piece of construction paper with an oval on it for the egg. The student then paint with the mixture “inside” the oval.