second grade: visual impairments
- To introduce the I CAN the way I AM program to the Second Graders.
- To help children understand that there are many differences in all people both disabled and non-disabled.
- Differences are not right or wrong, not good or bad. They are just different.
preparation (before the Simulation day/speaker)
Preparation for I CAN includes planning activities and providing students with the knowledge needed to participate in and benefit from the upcoming simulations and speakers. Prior to simulation/speaker identify the need for this experience. This experience not only addresses key Social Justice goals which are outlined in the school’s accreditation process we hope to increase students awareness about people with disabilities, promote a culture of tolerance and encourage the acceptance of differences within our school.
resources for teachers
1. The Cleveland Sight Center's goal is to enable those who are blind or have low vision to achieve independence. They educate, empower, and employ; providing training and guidance to their clients and to the communities they serve. Lisa Cellura coordinates the outreach programming for elementary schools. Her email address is LCellura@clevelandsightcenter.org where she can be reached for additional resources to help your students prepare.
2. Contact Mrs. Zele for more information about the specific titles that are appropriate for your students based on their grade level and the content of their programming.
3. Contact the parent volunteers who will be presenting to your students during the simulation day. They can offer ideas for preparation.
Action (during the simulation day/speaker)
Second graders do not have parents volunteers come to class to facilitate simulations instead The Cleveland Sight Center will visit your classroom. A representative from the Sight Center, a client of the Sight Center, and a service animal will share stories and experiences with students about all that people who are blind or have low vision can do. They will lead students through interactive experiences designed to increase awareness.
reflection (after the simulation day/speaker)
Second Graders should write a thank-you note to the Sight Center Representative, client, and service animal.
Reflection is the structured opportunity for students to critically think about their experience with the simulations or a given speaker. Teachers should ask students to apply their learning in a broader academic, social, and personal context. Reflections prevent the hands-on experiences and memories from the speakers from fading away. Reflections keep the concepts of this program alive.
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celebration (Culmination of the program)
This final phase recognizes the students’ contributions. It also provides closure for the activity. Students will have a chance to celebrate all that people with disabilities can achieve. Celebrations may include:
- Media coverage: school newspaper, newsletter for parents, News Harold, church bulletin, etc
- Recognition of this month-long program at one school mass
- Composing thank-you notes to speakers for their time, offer specific expressions of gratitude
- Directly pointing out to students when their behaviors, attitudes, and actions mirror the objectives of this program, such as recognizing when someone needs a friend, acknowledgment of someone’s accomplishment after a great deal of hard work, finally when a student demonstrates patience and understanding of their peers.