My name is Ella Rucker Baker. I am a Teacher-Therapist at Sand
Hills PsyChoeducational Program in Augusta, Georgia. I have been
teaching for the last seventeen years. These years include military,
cooperate world and working with severely emotionally
disturbed/autistic children. I have seven students, a full time
teaching assistant, a part time teaching assistant, and a social
worker. These students range from five years old to nine years old.
They are very energetic and eager to learn at times.
GROWING AND CHANGING
The students will:
- recognize that everyone grows at a different rate.
- understand that growing also mean changing.
- recognize that learning is a way of growing.
Each child grows at his or her own special rate. Boys and girls
grow at about the same rate until age 11. After that, girls grow
faster for a few years and then boys catch up. Most people reach
their full adult height by age 17 or 18, but some people grow until
they are about 20 years old.
Nobody's body is exactly the same as anybody else's. Each child
has unique fingerprints and a special face and voice.
Growing also means learning and developing new skills. As your
childrens bodies grow, they develop their abilities to think, feel,
and use their special knowledge and talents.
Another kind of growing is learning new ideas and learning to
do new things.
I AM GROWING
Have volunteers tell how they have changed ang grown over
the school year.
- Students make their own "I Am Growing!" books.
- Write their name on the first page.
- Record each student's height below his or her
- Have students draw a series of pictures of themselves
showing how they have changed, or attach photos of themselves as
babies, at three years of age, and so on.
- At the end of the school year, record students' heights in
Larger or Smaller?
Display the pictures of large animals and small animals
Display the pictures one at a time. Ask:
- Are you smaller than a horse (giraffe, whale)?
- What else is smaller than a horse (giraffe, whale)?
Students should name other animals.
- Are you larger than a cat (rabbit, fish)?
- What else is larger than a cat?
Summary: Have students name all the animals they can that
they are smaller or larger than.
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