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Strategies for General Literacy

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Below are posts related to General Literacy strategies.

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My First Tracking Book

As a first year preschool teacher one of my first questions was: how can I help my students with a visual impairment develop pre-braille skills? The simple answer, help them develop tracking skills.
Black holes on tactile bulletin board

Space and Constellations Bulletin Board

Tactile bulletin board of constellations
bulletin board with a scene and labels depicting the water cycle

Water Cycle Bulletin Board

This bulletin board is accessible to students who are blind or visually impaired, using braille and tactile graphics to explain the water cycle.
a woman, a young woman, and a woman dressed as Jasmine from Aladdin stand together while Jasmine signs the autograph book

Theme Park Tactile Autograph Book for the Blind

Create your own tactile autograph book to make a visit to a theme park, such as Disney World or Disneyland, accessible to children who are blind or visually impaired.
Liam reading the name tags on the organization bench

Organizing Bench to Promote Independent Living Skills

Promote independent living skills and braille literacy through an organizer bench at home or school
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5 Ways to Make Email More Accessible

Tips to make email more accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired
A young child plays the drum with his mother

Activities for Learning at Home and in the Community

Ideas of activities for families to try at home or in the community with children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities
A young woman cuts celery on a red cutting board.

Easy Ideas to Promote Independence in Daily Living

Simple ideas to help people who are blind or visually impaired to be more independent around the house.
Monopoly with adaptations

Tips to Adapt Games for Children with Vision Impairments

Tips to adapt board games for players who are blind or visually impaired using tactile elements and braille.
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"Step-By-Step" Plot Diagramming

Tips to diagram the plot with students who are blind or visually impaired
assorted dinosaur toys

Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish

Ideas for incorporating skills for students with visual impairments from across the curriculum, including literacy, numeracy and more
lighthouse and a library side by side

The Lighthouse of All Time - Library

This activity uses items from American Printing House (APH) to teach metaphors to students who are visually impaired.
Linda Hoyt

Alphaboxes Graphic Organizer

Lesson to teach students with visual impairments to use a graphic organizer
picture of what eye floaters look like through the eyes of a student who is visually impaired

Teaching Students About Their Eye Condition

Help students learn about and describe their eye condition and the effect of it on their learning using this expanded core curriculum activity.
Wikki Stix

10 Uses for Wikki Stix to Support Curriculum Access

Using Wikki Stix to support the inclusion of children and young people with visual impairment and curriculum access.
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Making Inferences

Activity ideas to teach students with visual impairments to make inferences
Sentence structure

Sentence Structure

ELA lesson aligned with CCSS making sentence structure accessible to students who are blind or visually impaired.
actors on stage, one is juggling

How Can We Read So Literature Comes Alive?

Lesson requires acting out part of Macbeth, focusing on making it accessible to students who are visually impaired
shape book cover with braille

The Shape Book

Hands-on tactile book to teach students who are blind or visually impaired about shapes
question cards reading 'why?' 'identify' and 'minerals'

Question Cards

This activity is designed to help students who are autistic, including those with visual impairments or multiple disabilities, to develop their critical thinking skills.