TACtics Descriptions

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Curriculum Units: Early Childhood

The Flower Garden

This story about a little girl who goes to the store with her father to buy flowers to plant in the flower box of their city home for her mother’s birthday. This literature-based curriculum packet contains suggestions for small group activities, fingerplays, songs, related literature, recipes, gross motor activities, and learning center props. Included is a list of curriculum resources from the T-TAC ODU library as well as resources available on the Web. Pictures using BoardMaker that support the story are also included.

Freight Train

This transportation curriculum unit is designed for use in the preschool special education classroom. In this Caldecott Honor Book, bright illustrations show all the cars of a train as it travels day and night through tunnels and across cities. Included in this TACtic packet are suggestions for small group activities, finger plays, songs, related literature, gross motor activities, and learning center props. A list is included of curriculum resources that are available from the T-TAC ODU library and on the Web.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

This story is about a series of different colored animals that ask the question,”What do you see?” The question leads them to the next animal and eventually to a teacher and a group of children who all replay what they see. A great story to practice color identification. This literature-based curriculum packet contains suggestions for small group activities, fingerplays, songs, related literature, recipes, gross motor activities, and learning center props. Included is a list of curriculum resources from the T-TAC ODU library as well as resources available on the Web. Pictures using BoardMaker that support the story are also included. (Revised, Fall 2009)

From Head to Toe

This curriculum unit is designed for use in the preschool special education classroom.  In this interactive story, children will imitate animals with a variety of body movements.  Children enjoy the repetitive text throughout the story while learning body parts and silly animal motions.  Included in this TACtic packet are suggestions for small group activities, fingerplays, songs, related literature, gross motor activities, and learning center props.  A list is included of curriculum resources that are available from the T-TAC ODU library and on the Web.

The Napping House

Granny is snoring as a child climbs on her lap and falls asleep. Various other animals join them. Lastly the flea joins them and sets off a chain of events. This unit provides ideas for adding props to learning centers and small group activities. Boardmaker™ pictures are included that support children to retell the story.

Growing Things (CD)

This curriculum unit CD has been re-designed and is ready for use in a variety of early childhood settings, from Head Start to ECSE! Built around the common Springtime theme, Growing Things, this unit features 12 instructionally rich activities that can be embedded throughout your daily instruction, along with accommodations to help include children with special needs. Activities are designed to address Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning and helpful tips and forms are included to assist you in embedding student IEP goals throughout your instruction.

Friends and Family (CD)

This curriculum unit has been designed for use in a variety of early childhood settings, including inclusive settings, from Head Start to ECSE! A perfect theme for use during the holidays, Friends and Family is a unit that features 12 instructionally rich activities that can be embedded throughout your daily instruction, along with accommodations for children with special needs. Activities are designed to address Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning, and helpful tips and forms are included to assist you in embedding student IEP goals throughout your instruction.

Down on the Farm

This curriculum unit has been designed for use in a variety of early childhood settings, including inclusive settings, from Head Start to ECSE! Down on the Farm is a unit that features 12 instructionally rich activities that can be embedded throughout your daily instruction, along with accommodations to help include children with special needs. Activities are designed to address Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning and helpful tips and forms are included to assist you in embedding student IEP goals throughout your instruction.

Pete the Cat

Back by popular demand, this literature-based curriculum unit has been re-designed and is ready for use in a variety of early childhood settings! Based on the children’s book, Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, this month0long unit features suggestions for small and large group activities, theme-related learning centers, prompts for read-alouds, parent involvememnt activities and much more. Activities are designed to address Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning (revised 2013). Helpful tips and forms are included to assist you in embedding student IEP goals throughout your instruction and accommodations for children with special needs accompany each activity.

Way Down in the Deep Blue Sea

This curriculum unit is ready for use in a variety of early childhood settings! Based on the children’s book Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea, this month-long unit features suggestions for small and large group activities and much more. Activities are designed to address Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning (revised 2013). Helpful tips and forms are included to assist you in embedding student IEP goals throughout your instruction and accommodations for children with special needs accompany each activity.

Curriculum Units: Intellectual Disabilities

Developing and Using Curriculum Units to Teach Students with Intellectual Disabilities (CD)

This new CD includes information on creating and teaching thematic units.  Examples of thematic units for elementary and secondary lessons are included.  ASOL objectives from all four core content areas and functional domains are addressed. A printable template is included to assist with creating your own thematic units.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Thematic units are fun for students.  This unit provides lesson/activity ideas, printables, and computer activities that revolve around “America’s pastime”.  Reading, math, science, history, community skills, social skills, and many other areas of instruction are addressed within the context of baseball/softball.

American Leaders: ASOL Curriculum Unit

This curriculum unit features over 100 activities that can be used to teach ASOL History 4.  Activity descriptions are presented in lesson plan format.  The accompanying Activity CD includes review games, cut and paste activities, assessment options, printable worksheet, and much more.  Learning about American leaders such as Washington, Lincoln, Carver, and Franklin was never this much fun!

Teaching the Write Way (w/CD)

The Teaching the Write Way TACtic is an instructional unit for teachers of students with intellectual disabilities. This unit gives a thorough description of the developmental Stages of Writing and how students progress through each. You will also learn about the writing process and how to incorporate it into your instruction. This TACtic features popular ASOL-based writing lessons that are successfully being implemented in local schools. An Activity CD full of resources is included with this unit.

ASOL-Based Writing Activities

This instructional unit is a great companion to Teaching the Write Way: An Overview of Writing Instruction for Students with Intellectual Disabilities, building on the ideas of writing as composition, the stages of writings, and making composition accessible to all learners. ASOL-Based Writing Activities features contributions from local teachers who have been successful in providing quality literacy instruction to students with diverse needs. Each activity in this unit can be differentiated for students of any age or developmental stage of writing.

Assistive Technology

PowerPoint Training for Developing E-Books (CD)

Tutorial for learning to make your own electronic books.

Autism

Diagnosing and Teaching Young Children with Autism

This professional development module will provide Early Childhood Educators with information about the M-CHAT, a series of 23 questions to identify characteristics of autism in young children. The module also includes an updated article on diagnosing autism spectrum disorder in young children, positive behavior support strategies, information related to seven critical core skills to teach young children with autism spectrum disorders, and samples of visuals created from visual software.

Increasing and Developing Communication for Verbal and Non-Verbal Students with Autism

Communication and unconventional verbal behaviors, such as echolalia, that interrupt verbal language are reviewed in this TACtic. Also reviewed are communication systems that can be used for non-verbal students and methods to assess which system is best for an individual student.

Structured Teaching: Strategies for Supporting Students with Autism

This TACtic provides teachers with a basic overview of autism. The overview describes how to structure the classroom and provides quick strategies for immediate use as well as a more in depth look at specific strategies for supporting students with autism. Furthermore, a helpful A.M. checklist is provided to assist teachers with preparing for the instructional day.

Teaching Social Interaction Skills to Students on the Autism Spectrum

This TACtic gives direct instruction in specific social skills that produce the best outcomes.

Children with Aspergers Syndrome: Characteristics and Intervention Strategies

A historical overview of Asperger’s Syndrome is provided in this TACtic. Social, sensory, and instructional needs for students with high functioning autism are also reviewed.

CD-ROM Self Study Modules

Collecting Meaningful Data on Student Progress

The purpose of collecting data is to provide objective evidence of an educational program’s effectiveness and to guide instructional decisions. Teachers can ensure they are providing meaningful instruction by collecting useful data on student progress and then using the data to inform their instructional decisions. This CD contains the following sections that will help to either refresh or increase your knowledge of taking and using data to measure student achievement:  Introductory Review: Questions and Answers; Data Collection Tutorial, Types of Data; Make Your Own Data Forms: Guidelines and Samples; and Graphing Data Tutorial.

Preschool Days: Recommended Practices in Early Childhood Special Education

An exemplary teacher brings the audience into her classroom where she demonstrates recommended practices in early childhood. Highlighted in the video are learning centers and room arrangement, schedules and visual strategies, integrated thematic, literature based curricula and activity based instruction.

Social Stories: Making a Positive Impact on Behavior

The goal of social stories, as developed by Carol Gray, is to increase positive behavioral responses by teaching students appropriate behaviors in various social situations. This video, with Mary Wilds, T-TAC ODU Specialist, provides numerous examples of social stories created by classroom teachers that will inspire viewers to create their own stories for individual students. The accompanying information packet includes several social stories that can be duplicated for teacher use. (2CD set)

Teaching Young Children with Autism: Effective Practices in Virginia

This two-part program was taped in several early childhood classrooms throughout Virginia and highlights effective practices for teaching young children with autism. Part One includes information on structured environments, visual supports including visual schedules, structured activities and sensory processing. Part Two addresses communication and social strategies.

Early Childhood Special Education

Screening for Social Emotional Concerns: Considerations in the Selection of Instruments

This TACtic provides guidance in choosing the right assessment tools for screening for challenging behaviors.

Evidenced-Based Social-Emotional Curricula and Interventional Packages for Children 0-5 and Their Families

Provides information that your program can use in selecting the tools most appropriate to meet the needs of the children and families that you serve.

Academics

Comprehension Does Not Just Happen: Using Non-Linguistic Representations for Helping Students Become Independent Readers

Activities are provided in this TACTic that will assist students to generate mental images and create graphic representations in order to better comprehend information they are trying to learn.