How to Use Sight Word Books in the Classroom Sight words are really important to teach, especially in the special education classroom.   These are just common words that need to be memorized because they are not able to be decoded, or really difficult.   Students should be able to recognize the word within 3 seconds without having to rely on decoding skills.  Many students on the spectrum struggle with phonics because they have difficulty learning in traditional ways because their brains just don’t process information in the same way that other children’s do. They are wired differently. For example, many kids with Autism are visual thinkers—they think in pictures instead of words. So, sometimes, students need to learn words as whole words instead of using phonics.  Also, these type of interactive sight words readers are an excellent way to provide sensory input for your students.  Each page uses a different tool to mark their answers. The first page is random sight word...
"Stocking the Shelf" work task for Vocational Learning I have a hard time coming up with different tasks that my students can do that are both meaningful and engaging when it comes to vocational work.  I work in the high school level and I am doing everything that I can to prepare them for the transition.  I love the idea of "stocking the shelf" but never wanted a large peg board in my classroom. Problem solved. I went to the dollar store and grabbed a black piece of foam board and I had some small command hooks and boom, I had a makeshift peg board.  The awesome part is, I can switch it out to whichever item I feel like stocking that week.  Well, how do I make the items needed to stock? All I did was google search product images and place them into a power point.  I made sure to not have them bigger than 3x5in.    This one  I made specifically to stock a drugstore but you could make any type of store you want. hardware store grocery store toy ...