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Community Helpers Lesson Plan

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Teachers Community Helpers Description: Gather materials that will allow for you and your child to engage in pretend play to be a teacher. Tell your child that you are going to play teacher and watch this video. Set the classroom up using stuffed animals as students. You can have circle/morning meeting, do a learning activity, go to recess outside, and have lunch. Materials: Paper, pens, story books, chalkboard/white board, stickers, any academic materials you have (letters, counting, flashcards, math, etc.), stuffed animals Tips to Support: Speech Talk to your child about what a teacher does (e.g. helps kids/adults learn) and where they work (e.g. at a school, at home). Discuss the different subjects a teacher can teach (math, english, PE, history, etc.) Ask your child which subject is their favorite and why? Which subject would they like to teach? Vocabulary to target: teacher, student, desk, classroom, whiteboard; Discuss other items you might see in a classroom (e.g. paper, pencil, letters/numbers, books, computer/iPad, etc.) would you find these items in other places too? If so, where? Concepts: in, on, in front, next to, under, inside, outside Sequencing: Have your child create a daily schedule for their class. Remember to use temporal language such as first, next, then, after, finally/last or first, second, third, etc.) PT Movement breaks: Pass out papers and pencils to the other "students" for each lesson, get up to find a book to read at circle time, and help put things away after the lesson is finished. Recess/PE: Go outside and take a walk, kick a ball, or play your favorite sport. If you'd rather stay in, then do some jumping jacks, walk up and down the hall, or toss a balloon back and forth. OT Visual/Attention: On a chalkboard, whiteboard, or large piece of paper/posterboard, write the daily schedule. You can add pictures or visuals as reminders/clues. Your child can check off completed activities as you go along. Another tool you can use is a timer, so that your child can see how many minutes you have left for activities. SPG COMMUNITY • © All Rights Reserved The Speech Pathology Group • Bright Path Therapists • Comprehensive Autism Center

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