This year I'm doing some biography story times to introduce students to famous people they might not know & should. Helen Keller is one of them.
Words of the week: Blind (and) Deaf
We started by watching the PebbleGo biography of Helen Keller.
Then we picture - walked through one of the more advanced biographies in the library.
I borrowed several books from the central library and we read Rainbow Fish while following along with the raised-picture version for visually impaired readers.
The kids were fascinated with the Braille and raised-picture books!
Video w/ray charles shows braille books
This lesson is a keeper. Next year we are going to repeat it, including some other ideas:
* Texture boxes with things inside for kids to guess what they were.
* Teach ABCs of sign language