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Students determine the workings of the Braille alphabet and how people with visual impairments learn how to use it. In this Braille lesson, students study the associated vocabulary, read about Helen Keller, and complete associated worksheets about Braille.
Glucose is a simple sugar and a molecule that can be illustrated through modeling. Scientific investigators with visual impairments use hands-on models to reconstruct the process of bonding molecules. The tools used in this activity are ones that are commonly used with general ed classes, but work very well for unsighted learners as well. 
Imagine you need to be a substitute teacher in a classroom that helps learners with visual impairments, and you have no idea where to start. Here is a complete, easy to follow, and insightful teaching guide to aid you in teaching English or ELA to your non-sighted students. Tips, techniques, online journal links, and links to teaching materials make this an excellent resource to get you started. Ideas for active engagement are outlined to help you understand your role as an educator of the blind.
First, next, and last, the elements of chronological order. In every story or text one can find a series of events that occur one after the other. To help learners with visual impairments conceptualize chronological order, this instructional activity employs a tactile representation. A text is read and the events are connected to the steps of a recipe. As they continue to read, they add more ingredients to the snack they are making. Note: The idea is good, but could use some refining. It may be better to have pupils make a tactile timeline to represent the chronological events in the text, instead.
Organization is of the utmost importance when teaching orientation and mobility to learners with visual impairments. To help keep everything in order and provide independence, use these instructions for making a desk organizer. The organizer is easy to construct and can accommodate everything your learners need to complete their work; a three-ringed binder, braille book, abacus, and whatever else. Tip: Incorporate a bit of self-expression by having each child use three-dimensional objects to decorate their organizers.
Being expressive in a creative, empathetic, or imaginative way is not only fun, it builds good pre-writing and communication skills. Learners with visual impairments have a roundtable discussion session where several sentence frames are used to elicit creative or expressive responses. They work on building their imagination and connecting to others. 
Students examine the role of stories in African and African-American cultures. This lesson is written for students with visual impairments. They
Students read a book about people with visual impairments and identify objects that help them. In this visual impairments lesson plan, students learn and discuss how they communicate.
The human body can regulate itself through sweating and resting. Learners with visual impairments discuss how the body changes when it is under stress and what it does to regulate itself. To start, kids use talking thermometers to take their temperatures. Spark discussion with a video about fever that comes with an audio description. Then, learners can use stethoscopes to determine their heart rates before and after running in place.
When most children learn about prepositions, they are provided with a visual to show them the concepts of on, in, near, and beside. For learners with visual impairments, concepts need to be constructed in a very concrete way. A stuffed animal and a basket are used to convey each of the common prepositions. The children feel the position of the animal in relation to the basket and move it to a new position based on teacher's directions. 
Make science a fully accessible subject for your learners with visual impairments. They'll use tactile models to explore the nature of basic electrical circuits. Template board, wires, batteries, and Velcro are used to construct the model; switches and a paper fan are used to convey how circuitry works. The student will flip the switch, follow the circuit with his hands, and then feel as the fan shows the electricity working.
Independent living skills and skills that can be used to gain employment are very important for any learner. Teens with visual impairments explore the kitchen to understand what everything is and what it all does. The lesson includes a variety of ideas that will foster confidence and safety in the kitchen environment. Sequencing, motor development, and measurement are also covered in the lesson. 
In this world Braille day worksheet, students read or listen to a passage about Louis Braille, then match phrases, fill in the blanks, choose the correct words, unscramble words and sentences, put sentences in order, write discussion questions and conduct a survey.
Read and discuss the book A Picture Book of Louis Braille as it relates to communication, Helen Keller, and advocating for disabled individuals. Learners identify what an advocate is and explain how  Helen Keller communicated. They  build vocabulary relating to the history of Braille code and complete a deciphering code worksheet.
Students explore practical information about visual impairment. They explore about the uses of seeing eye cane. Students explore the postive aspects about how people fucntion in spite of handicaps. They explore about helping others.
Students study what causes visual impairment and disability later in life.  In this visual impairments lesson students complete lab activities that includes assisting a person with vision problems. 
Whether your learners with visual impairments are beginning or advanced braille readers, they will gain experience and a knack for design with this lesson. Pupils use clay to make ceramic pieces, which they then decorate with braille letters. The final products will be works of art that can be appreciated with sight and touch.
Help your partially sighted or blind learners get the hang of writing in Braille. Included are three worksheets that have children color in or mark the provided circles to construct the Braille alphabet, write their names and addresses, and then create secret messages they can share with a friend. This activity can be used with sighted learners who have a peer with visual impairments as well.
Students spell words in braille and learn how to use braille to punch out their names. In this braille lesson plan, students discuss what life would be like for a visually impaired person.
With a stylus and this activity sheet, your visually impaired or sighted learners can learn to braille full sentences. The worksheet provides several spaces full of empty braille dots. You give the words, and the kids color or emboss the appropriate dots. Note: This type of exercise is great for helping sighted learners understand peers with visual impairments. 

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