Visually Impaired Teacher Resources
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Disability in the Media Lesson Plan: Braille
Students determine the workings of the Braille alphabet and how people with visual impairments learn how to use it. In this Braille activity, students study the associated vocabulary, read about Helen Keller, and complete associated worksheets about Braille.
New! Building an Organic Molecule
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.
Teacher Guide for Educators of the Blind: English
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.
Using Oral Traditions to Improve Verbal and Listening Skills
Students examine the role of stories in African and African-American cultures. This lesson is written for students with visual impairments. They
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 lesson 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.
Making a desk organizer for students who are blind or visually impaired
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.
Encouraging Students Who are Blind or Visually Impaired to Express Their Feelings and Explore Imagination
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.
New! Human Body Regulation
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.
New! Building a Basic Series Circuit
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.
New! Cooking and Kitchen Tools
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.
Seeing Things My Way
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.
Visual Impairment Based on a Children's Book
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.
New! Braille Design On Ceramic Pieces
Whether your learners with visual impairments are beginning or advanced braille readers, they will gain experience and a knack for design with this lesson plan. 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.
World Braille Day
In this world Braille day worksheet, learners 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.
A Picture Book Of Louis Braille; What Is An Advocate
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.
Living with Visual Impairments
Young scholars 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.
New! Braille Games
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.
Find the Objects/Beginning Sound Indentification
If you are just starting out as a teacher for children with visual impairments and want a fun way to teach braille and phonemic awareness, look no further. You'll fill 21 boxes with objects that start with specific letter sounds. You'll provide a beginning sound that corresponds to the objects in each box in braille and as a large alphabet letter. The children will feel to identify the objects then sort the objects into the box labeled with the correct beginning consonant. Super idea!
New! The Function of Villi in the Small Intestine
Ever wonder what the villi in the small intestine do? I bet your class would love to find out. Mesh netting is used to represent small blood vessels on the outside of the intestine, and a chenille bath mat is used to represent the villi inside the intestine. Learners with visual impairments will feel and discuss the model intestine to better understand how the villi move everything along.