SOCIAL STUDIES MATERIALS
By: Carmen Willings
This page features materials that can be used to teach the Social Studies curriculum. If you are aware of other materials not listed here, please let me know so I can add them!
Braille Transcribers Kit: Countries and Continents The Braille Transcribers Kit: Countries and Continents from APH, is a collection of embossed and printed outlines of maps commonly found in history, geography, and social studies textbooks. The embossed sheets can be used as templates when you create tactile maps. Features can be added using tactual graphic tools, craft ink, textures, and braille labels. They can also be used as masters for swell paper tactile graphics. APH recommends making a photocopy of images onto capsule paper, add labels, lines, and symbols, and produce the raised image by running the graphic through the heating machine.
Braille Transcriber's Kit: U.S. Maps
The Braille Transcriber's Kit: U.S. Maps from APH, is a collection of embossed and printed drawings of figures commonly found in history, geography, and social studies textbooks. Maps include: North America, including Canada, the United States, and Mexico, U.S. outline, U.S. with 50 states outlined, Western region states, Eastern region states, and the original 13 colonies. The embossed sheets may be used as templates for thermoforming. APH recommends making a photocopy of images onto capsule paper, add labels, lines, and symbols, and produce the raised image by running the graphic through the heating machine.
Globe: Tactile and Visual
This table model from APH is a standard 12" political globe covered with a tactile clear plastic overlay. Among the overlay's features are continent outlines, higher and lower elevations, and raised latitude and longitude lines.
Map Study I Kit: Maps Represent Real Places
This kit from APH introduces basic map concepts by having students map a classroom and other known environments. Students learn to find objects and to identify map symbols representing those objects.
Recognizing Landforms: An Audio-Tutorial Program in Map Study This program from APH uses characters on cassette tape to introduce 40 geographical concepts, such as distinguishing mountains from valleys, channels from bays, etc. It includes 10 tactile landforms and cassette tapes.
Relief Map for Desk Use
This relief map, available from APH, of the continental U.S. with elevations that are exaggerated 20 times. Ocean floors are incised with latitude and longitude lines. This plasticmap uses high-contrast paint to depict water areas as blue and land surfaces as yellow and brown.
State Maps Collection
This State Map Collection from APH is a set of embossed and printed outline maps for a region of the United States. APH recommends adding to the images with tracing wheel lines, craft ink, glued-on textures, etc. Braille labels can also be added.
Tactile Town: 3-D O&M Kit
Although this kit, available from APH, is designed to be used to teach O&M skills, it is also a great tool to use when teaching local geography units such as neighborhoods and towns.
U.S. Puzzle Map This large, colorful, and tactual map from APH is topographical. It features tactile mountains, rivers, and state capitals. State abbreviations in braille as well as latitude and longitude lines. It also includes masking overlays for assessment purposes.
World at Your Fingers This set of tactile world maps, available from APH, features a large tactile reference map showing the major oceans and land masses of the Earth using high-contrast raised surfaces, braille and print labels, and textured lines and areas.
These thermo-formed tactile maps from APH are a comprehensive aid to geographic instruction and orientation. The tactile maps include all the continents, regions, and countries of the world. They differ from other tactile maps in that they use clear variations in height and texture, allowing a greater amount of readable information in a given space.
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TVI's Guide to Teaching the ECC: An Activities Based Curriculum for Teaching Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired
Written specifically for fellow itinerant Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI’s), this book consists of over 400 activities and topic areas of discussion for instructing students in the Expanded Core Curriculum. The activities are age-neutral and multi-sensory and therefore can meet the needs of the broad range of students served on an itinerant caseload serving. The activities can be individualized to the students various learning modalities and scaffold in order to challenge students but ensure success. Select those activities that align with the student’s learning objects based on the student’s unique visual needs and academic and developmental level.
The core activities listed in the Activity section can be adapted to each thematic unit. These include:
In addition to the core activity areas, each of the 32 Thematic Units incorporates additional unique ECC concepts and skills providing you with a years’ worth of activities. These units are cyclical and can be used repeatedly to help students build on prior knowledge and develop a deeper understanding of concepts. Each unit includes suggestions for activity adaptation associated with the unit. These include lists of objects, possible community based experiences, environmental print, poems, children & young reader books, children's songs, pop culture songs, movies, and websites.
Unique Concepts within the Units include:
Although the intended audience of this resource is fellow Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, special education teachers may find these activities beneficial to the students in their classrooms as the activities are multisensory and include life skills and concepts needed by all students. This resource, however, is not intended to take the place of a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI). Readers are advised to consult their own TVI’s regarding instruction in the ECC and the unique visual needs of the student’s served in their programs.
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Digital pdf download: 364 pages (11 pt font)
Publisher: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments
Author: Carmen Willings
Visual Efficiency & Magnifier Fluency Grab & Go ECC Supplements
This workbook is a pdf download that can be printed on demand for use with students. It contains five different types of worksheets for developing visual motor skills and near magnifier fluency skills particularly with the use of a video magnifier. As a supplement to the TVI’s Guide to the ECC, the worksheets correspond to each of the 32 ECC Thematic units. The worksheets, along with a list of environmental print for each thematic unit, are designed to help students refine their visual motor skills while reinforcing ECC concepts presented in the thematic units.
Visual Efficiency & Near Magnifier Fluency Worksheet Details:
Digital pdf download: 210 pages
Publisher: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments
Author: Carmen Willings