Skip to content
Activity and strategy

Cross Curricular Planning: Seaside

Theme-based cross-curricular lessons for children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities

Many skills and concepts can be taught through a single activity or series of theme-based activities.  In this post I share ideas on how to teach young children who are blind or visually impaired or students with multiple disabilities about numeracy, literacy, geography, science and history.
 
For other cross-curricular theme-based approach activities, see some of my other posts: http://www.pathstoliteracy.org/users/gwyn52
 

Numeracy

  • Collect pebbles & shells, and sort by similar and different, large and small. 
  • Estimate capacity of different sized buckets to hold sand, water. 
  • Make shapes with sand using different buckets and moulds. 
  • Count number of shovels of sand to fill bucket. 
  • Make patterns with shells.
  • Count on and back, in 2’s, 5’s 10’s etc
 

Literacy

  • Find sounds that remind us of the seaside.
  • Write a story about a day out at the seaside.
  • Have a picnic on the beach!
  • Make a list and taste foods that you might eat at the beach.
  • Assemble the things you might take for a day out on the beach. Use for role play. 
  • Listen to songs about the seaside.
 
 

seagull on beachGeography

  • Animals, birds  and fish that live near or in the sea
  • Location of seaside on map in relation to where child lives
  • Distance to seaside from school, from home, from town
  • Type of natural materials found on the beach
  • Type of activities that take place at the seaside
  • Frisbee, cricket, football, swimming, sailing
 
 

Science

  • sand toys

    Experiment with sand and water: Talk about and use language to describe what is happening.
  • Mix sand with water.
  • Make hole in sand and fill with water.
  • Make channel for water to flow through sand.
  • Use sand to make models and to mould shapes.
  • Make patterns in sand.
  • Experiment with sand wheel.
  • Talk about the type of weather at seaside.
  • Discuss clothes suitable for the beach, clothes to protect from the sun.
  • Play with model boats and float on water.
  • Sort items for the beach into textures that feel similar and different.
 
 

History

  • How did the seaside look 100 years ago?
  • What type of clothes did people wear on the beaches back then?
  • Find pictures of seaside from 100 years ago.
 
seaside collage

There are more shared ideas at www.positiveeye.co.uk.

 

 

SHARE THIS ARTICLE
Handout Page Link for Supporting Your Child's Literacy at Home with a Mom and child reading a book
Activity and strategy

Mindful Minutes: Sound Play

Activity and strategy

Estación de Arte Táctil

Activity and strategy

Cubeta Sensorial “Snap, Crackle y Pop”