This is a wonderful Back To School ice-breaker activity to allow students to interact with peers, encourage language development and social skills. Our kids with autism may find the first day of school both stressful and exciting at the same time. BRAND NEW FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL ACTIVITY!
Students draw a colorful self-portrait on the last page. On each of the other eight pages, they will write the answers to provide clues for:
• What he/she likes to eat
• Color of hair
• Color of eyes
• How many pets they have
• Color of clothing he/she is wearing
• Color of backpack
• Who he/she sits next to
• VISUAL SUPPORT PROVIDED FOR ALL RESPONSES INCLUDED ON EACH PAGE
• Reinforces colors/color words
• Reinforces numbers/number words
When the booklets are stapled, they are given to the students in the class. Students read/are read to the clues to see if they can guess who it is. BEFORE the final portrait page is flipped, the student must try and guess who the child is! You’ll hear lots of giggles and laughter as they reach the self-portrait page to check and see if they are right!
Just PRINT, trim around the border, and staple! NO velcro, NO laminating required!
For Special Education classrooms, here are SUGGESTED IEP GOALS:
Given a small/large group activity in which STUDENT must remain on topic to interact with a peer in order to ask or respond to up to eight questions related to a topic or subject, STUDENT will provide accurate responses independently/with verbal prompts/with visual prompts, in 4 out of 5 opportunities, by MONTH, YEAR.
Given a small group activity in which STUDENT must ask/answer questions to/by a peer, STUDENT will maintain eye contact for a period of 10 seconds, or until the question is answered, by MONTH, YEAR.
Thank you and have a wonderful new school year ahead!
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