Crossing the Street: Learning and Practicing through Videos

Party Planning Unit
As our last full unit plan, my students and I explored different aspects of planning and preparing for a party. This unit followed our school’s autism pacing calendar, and it wrapped up several themes of the year nicely.

(Our school, by the way, has an outstanding team of teachers who create a very appropriate, logical, and useful pacing calendar each year. In following it, all 6:1:1 teachers – homeroom and cluster teachers alike – end up teaching and reinforcing similar content from different angles and perspectives. This pacing calendar approach goes a long way in helping students retain and generalize information. It also facilitates teacher-to-teacher collaboration. I strongly recommend it.)

Until then, to try to make up for our computer lab’s impediments to real-world, or near-real-world learning, the culminating activity for our recent traffic safety unit incorporated videos of streets and intersections in New York City. Now, these aren’t great videos — I shot them — but they present the student with different situations: when and when not to cross the street; the steps to follow when crossing the street; signs to look for when crossing the street; etc. The videos sum up all that we had covered in the preceding month.

To ensure that students were thinking critically about what they saw in the videos, I embedded the videos into an interactive book. Students watched the videos, looked at stills, and then answered questions about what they saw. (Through matching or typing, depending on the student’s skill level.)

Crossing the Street Video Review

Students watch videos and look at images of urban (New York City) traffic signs and signals and answer fill-in-the-blank questions through identifying a variety of signs, signals, and steps to follow when crossing the street.

Because of the size of these files, uploading them is impractical! I am working on uploading them to the to the Classroom Suite Activity Exchange site (also difficult because of their size). I will update this post if that is successful. In the meantime, please check out Intellitools Activity Exchange. It is free to register and download activities, plus you can find so many wonderful activities — on all subjects — there.

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Janice Bellinger