Today was ‘Special Women in History’ day. This week we will be learning about women who made a difference in history, starting with Helen Keller and Florence Nightingale.
I have uploaded biographies and activity sheet PDF’s of these two famous women on to my site, which can be downloaded here:
Here are some teaching ideas for Helen Keller:
Before we read our story I will explain to them a little about what we are going to be reading about and I will let them ask any questions they might have. After all of our questions have been answered, everyone will be “blindfolded” (I used sentence strips) and the lights turned off. I will put a sheet of drawing paper and a pencil on everyones desk. They have to find their paper and pencil, then draw a picture of spring.
I will then put the students into partners and let them practice their vocabulary words by tracing letters into each others palms and they have to guess the word. This is how Helen learned to communicate.
We will then examine the braille alphabet online.
After this we will read the power-point presentation I created and we will complete the activity sheets at the end of it.
A fun and simple history lesson.