Melody provides her students with book club ziploc bags that contain a book, a letter to parents explaining book club requirements, a bookmark with reading reflection stems, a sticky note for annotating, and a pencil. This organization system allows students to keep their materials together as they bring their books to and from school.
One method for supporting special education students with this strategy is to create identical bags for each subject area. Each bag can contain all materials necessary for that subject area along with a brief explanation for parents. By clearly organizing materials in subject specific bags students and parents will be better prepared to complete specified homework.
All students bring their personal experiences when they are solving a problem. "Show me with a thumbs up or down if you have been to an amusement park? What do you do at an amusement park?" To give everyone equal footing on this I will show pictures of amusement park rides. What do all these rides have in common? They are rides that anyone can go on. They don't have any height restriction. Now, I will show pictures of rides that do have height restrictions. "What do you think these rides have in common? How do you know if you are able to ride certain rides? Are you tall enough? How do you measure yourself at the amusement park? Today, we are going to see if we are tall enough to ride on the Cyclone roller coaster, named after ISU's mascot. We are going to measure ourselves to see if we can ride on the Cyclone. First, we have to measure ourself. How can we do it?" Wait for responses. Depending on student responses, I may remind students of measuring the pumpkin, a previous measurement lesson. "How could ways we've measured in the past help us today?" I want to guide students to ways to problem solve this, instead of me telling them how to do it.