Are you teaching students who need to learn critical life skills to become more independent? Do you know how important life skills are but also want/have to teach important literacy skills that are connected to standards?
This full cleaning tools unit is the answer. As students with disabilities start preparing for the transition to adulthood, it is important to cover key life skills. These key skills include maintaining one’s home, job skills, money skills, etc. Some schools allow for this type of programming, as they understand the importance of adaptive behavior skill education. Other schools state that students with disabilities must be working on core academic skills instead of life skills. This Cleaning Tools curriculum is uniquely created to be used in both types of programs. With it students are able to learn key literacy skills such as non-fiction reading comprehension, vocabulary, writing, and speaking and listening while also learning important life skills. Each lesson is connected to Common Core Language Arts Standards. The cleaning tools unit plan is written through the use of Understanding By Design, a research based way to lesson plan. The final assessment is a performance based assessment. Performance based assessments are also research based. They are a way for students to apply the skills they learned from a unit in an authentic way.
The program is designed to be used with students who are functioning academically at a 1st - 4th grade level and are in grades 4 - adulthood. If you have students in your room who are working at a lower level academically, and may not be able to attend to the text, please check out my store for worksheets and folder games. Using both programs would allow you to differentiate and teach your whole class these critical skills.
The textbook is a 53 page, non-fiction, high interest/low readability textbook written in a guided reading format. The book can be printed and bound or used as an e-book on computers or tablets. The hands on activities, games, technology activities, and homework in this unit provide the opportunities for repeated practice that students need to master key adaptive behavior skills. These include how to identify and use brooms, mops, vacuums, dusting tools, scrubbing tools, and miscellaneous cleaning tools. The review activities teach and target technology and speaking and listening skills.
The final performance based assessment is graded with two rubrics. The first is a grading rubric. The second rubric is included in a word document so you can change which standards you are using as I used 11th/12th grade standards for my class but you may be at a different grade level or may not use the Common Core. This type of rubric provides a narrative explaining what the student is able to do and evaluates their skills in key areas as emerging, developing, meeting and exceeding. This PBA then can be used when speaking with parents or IEP team members, as it gives a much better view of what the student is able to do than just “They received a 86% on their end of unit assessment.” This information can also be used for the PLOP/PLAAF on IEP goals and to develop future literacy, post-secondary employment or post-secondary independent living goals.
If you would like to see more examples of what the activities in this unit look like, beyond the 4 thumbnails, please look at the individual units (brooms, mops, etc) in my store.
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