One important aspect of Applied Behavior Analysis is understanding motivation. When I am making choices for what and how to teach my students, I am always seeking high interest materials that will grab the student’s attention and make them more available for learning. Each week I’ll share some of my favorite lesson plans and resources that have come my way.
Superhero Science – This lesson plan for third graders by Autumn Ware caught my eye immediately. It incorporates writing skills, analytical skills, understanding of animals, and more. Ware also includes links to comic book figure templates for the students to draw their stories and a breakdown of super heroes that could be incorporated into other science lessons. My favorite quote from her blog post: “it’s time we took the comic book out of hiding and reinvented science teachers as super science teachers.”
Proofreading with DIY Punctuation Stamps – I love this motor activity to practice grammar skills. Lots of elementary-aged children are highly motivated by stamps. This is a simple and easy to implement idea, great for practicing punctuation at home or in the classroom during centers time. Pages of sentence strips are available on the post for you to print out to use with your own DIY stamps.
Incredibox – Billed as a “musical webtoy,” this is a great find for any parent or teacher who has learners that love music. The game allows the player to create compositions with a group of seven cartoon performers by simply using the mouse to “drag and drop vocals, beats, and more” onto each character. There is also an option to record your composition. You do not have to download this game, but you must have access to the internet to play.