Art Beyond Sight
INDEPENDENT LIVING AND SOCIAL SKILLS THROUGH THE ARTS A MODEL PROJECT
■ Activity Plan ■
- Activity Plan Overview
- Activity Plan 1: Introduction, Curriculum Overview, Role Play
- Activity Plan 2: The Mechanics of Eating
- Activity Plan 3: The Mechanics of Eating, Part II
- Activity Plan 4: Providing Adaptive Equipment
- Activity Plan 5: Field Trip to the Library
- Activity Plan 6: Setting the Mood – Dining Ambience
- Activity Plan 7: Making Healthy Food Choices – We Are What We Eat!
- Activity Plan 8: Making a Pyramid – and Placing Your New Snacks in its Food Group
- Activity Plan 9: Making Quick and Healthy Means to Go – Lunch Prep
- Activity Plan 10: Let’s Go Shopping!
- Activity Plan 11: Express Yourself
- Activity Plan 12: Share A Meal
- Activity Plan 13: Understanding Place Settings
- Activity Plan 14: Final Event
- Come to the Table Songs by Brian Muni
- Books for Kids
Grade Level: 3rd Grade
Duration: I class of one hour and 45 minutes
Materials: A placemat created on 11x14-inch paper with the placing of the fork, spoon and knife (please refer to the tactile placement prototype document).
Objectives and Outcomes: Students learn the layout of a placemat and its usage of utensils and plates by using and creating their own tactile placemat prototype setting.
- Learn and study the tactile placemat that has embossed placing of the plate, knife, spoon, fork, and napkin (optional: water glass, bread/butter plate).
- Have students become familiar with the place setting and proper usage of utensils and napkins.
- Have them engage with other students and ask questions so they can familiarize themselves with its usage and understand why the placemat is needed for a proper meal.
- Variation of the lesson plan: Using the placemat provided, teachers can have the children create their very own placemat. The placemats can be a collage on the themes related to table manners or a recreation of a place setting where they would place paper plates, textured/tactile knives, forks, spoons in proper order; they can practice folding paper (or cloth) napkins in different ways and then adding them to place settings. Textured paper can be used to imitate food on the plate and how to converse while eating and using the placemat.
Review of serving skills, etc. Children learn what a place setting consist of and why they are needed during all meals and or snacks. They learn common placement of the plate/bowl, knife, spoon, fork and napkin. Children also have the chance to employ etiquette learned in other lessons and apply by meal sharing and placemat creation.
Assessment: Child’s participation throughout curriculum and final event
Songs: Play and sing along with the students
Come to the Table, Share A Meal
Follow-up lesson: FINAL PRESENTATION