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