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Day 4: Stackables

My co-author, Sheila, suggested adding these after she began seeing them in classrooms a few years ago. She first saw them used to teach geography (city/state/country/continent), but eventually we both saw them used to teach many different concepts.

So what is a “stackable”? Essentially they are manipulatives that can be used to teach relationships between ideas, concepts, or things. They are designed to teach ...

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Day 2: Quick quip keychain

To encourage participation in daily lessons, some of your students may benefit from quick and easy supplements to their primary communication systems. Quick quip key chains are not enough to meet all or even most of a student’s communication needs, but they can work well in environments where students do not have easy access to their other systems (e.g., school bus) or in situations where just a few messages will do

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Day 1: Stick puppet theater

When your books become tattered, don’t throw them away! Instead, cut them up and create a series of stick puppets to use in retellings, dramatic play, and as a tool for creating new narratives.

Puppets make lessons whimsical, bring a bit of levity to the classroom, and provide opportunities for writing, communication, and social interaction. These particular puppets have the added benefit of being really easy to...

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