[Autism and Special Education lesson plan, can also be used for students without autism]
Students will make an animal that they would most like to be or admire in some way. Students will then choose a song that their animal likes and move their animal to the rhythm of the music. Students will then listen to various types of music and choose other animals to move, following the rhythm of the song. Students will then see how different animals might interact with each other. This is an early childhood activity that can be adapted to special needs students by breaking down the activities and reinforcing the steps separately. Students can build skills that they can use to interact with their peers.
-Animal identification and vocabulary
-Fine and gross motor development
-Dealing with potential body image issues
-Stages Learning Materials Lang-O-Learn Animal Cards (http://www.stageslearning.com/products/lang-o-learn-animal-cards)
-Laptop or phone with Internet access to look up and play music
-Coloring materials with assorted colors (such as markers, crayons, or colored pencils)
-Playlist of various types of music
-11 x 14 inch plain white paper
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