Category: Spatial Orientation Activity

Touchable Boxes

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DO IT YOURSELF PURPOSE: To teach math concepts, spatial orientation, and other concepts to students who are blind or who have low vision. The box begins with a plastic box with a smooth, flat, snap-lock top. Place two strips of self-adhesive Velcro in parallel lines on the lid, so they resemble lines on a sheet of paper. Turn the lid over and attach three parallel lines. This creates a set of worksheet templates. Other configurations and layouts for special uses can be created using additional boxes. Collect sets of ten to twelve one-inch objects. Sets can be made up of real objects (seashells, coins, acorns, stones), small toys, or craft miniatures. Add a small self-adhesive Velcro dot to each item and store each set in a separate zip-lock bag in the box. As a teaching tool, place the lid within the student's reach and attach items from the appropriate set to illustrate the concept. Students can locate, add, or remove items to demonstrate understanding. Placing the Velcro dots on objects so they are not always right side up helps teach form constancy and position in space. Using the same item made of different materials teaches attention to likennesses and differences. The sets can be used for sorting and classifying, spatial concepts, counting and math concepts, sequences and patterns, orientation to a page, or story starters and language enhancement. DIMENSIONS: The box should be 8 x 11 x 5 inches. The Velcro is 1 inch wide. TITLE: Touchable Boxes (in Springboard). AUTHOR: Joan McCann. JOURNAL: RE:view. REF: Vol 34 no 4, Winter 2003: p. 171-172. PAGES (including cover): 3 2003.


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