2021 INCLUSIVE SCHOOLS WEEK CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES
- With a partner or in a small group, draw a map of the school to become familiar with the layout of the school and the location of staff members and services for all students. Share and display maps.
- Interview students, staff, parents, and community members to discover what makes our school welcoming to all.
- Engage in listening games with classmates or staff such as “What did I say—What did you hear?”
- Encourage journal writing, oral presentations, and suggestion boxes.
- Create school, home, and community surveys to learn and respond to “what’s working” and “what isn’t” with regard to inclusive practices. With this information, it will be easy to design even more successful inclusive schools.
FEATURED ACTIVITY: “DECORATE YOUR ROOM FOR INCLUSIVE SCHOOLS WEEK”
Audience: Students and/or Faculty
Give students a chance to sum up their best traits while reviewing adjectives with this bulletin board decoration. Instruct each child to fill out the gift pattern, decorate it, and cut it out. Then invite each child to share the adjectives with the class. Display the completed gifts on a bulletin board. Read more…
FEATURED ACTIVITY: “GAB ABOUT YOUR GIFTS: CLASSROOM DISCUSSION QUESTIONS & ACTIVITIES”
Start each day of Inclusive Schools Week with a discussion about the gifts students have and how they can share them. Use a gift box as a prop and add to it each day after the discussion with our easy, yet powerful activities. Read more….
FEATURED ACTIVITY: “INCLUSIVE WORDS LOTTO”
As a class, students brainstorm character traits they possess. Inclusive Schools Lotto is a quick, fun vocabulary game that can be played in pairs or individually. For more detailed instructions visit our website and read more…
FEATURED ACTIVITY: “WHY WE TEACH”
This activity is a small group discussion that reconnects the participants to the reasons for teaching and the characteristics of effective teachers. The facilitator concludes by debriefing the last two questions on the participant form for the whole group.
FEATURED ACTIVITY: “THE WORD WALL AND THE ROCK”
This activity involves group brainstorming and individual selection of the most meaningful word or words to serve as a paperweight. This rock paperweight will remind each participant of their commitment to support all learners.
FEATURED ACTIVITY: “INCLUSIVE SCHOOLS WEEK SLIDESHOW”
Ask students to create Inclusive Schools Week cards or artwork including reasons why they like being part of an inclusive school. Create a slideshow of the students’ designs using Animoto or Photopeach to show your school’s commitment to inclusive education. Post the slideshow on your school website. Share your video with the Inclusive Schools Network!