Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The Race to Space

July 20th marks the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's moon landing and Neil Armstrong's first walk on the moon.  This past spring my students and I studied earth and space in a duo of lessons that aligned with Unique Learning.

We started out with a group speech lesson called "Exploring Space" taught to all students as our lesson of the week.

We dug deeper with some of our older students by studying the solar system.

Each lesson was paired with a video bringing the concepts of space and space travel to life.

The kids loved playing with this $3 space felt board from the Dollar Spot at Target. Each student got to tell us which piece he or she wanted to put on the board using AAC devices.

Sentence strips created with Saltillo Chat Editor provided a model for students in need of extra support to form sentences.

The final piece was letting the kids take turns launching a rocket. This was a very motivating activity and once again provided an opportunity for not just turn-taking but also asking and answering questions (i.e. "Can I have a turn?" "Do you want a turn?").

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