There’s been a horrible accident in the science lab. It looks like Whole Body Listening Larry was unable to keep his eyes, hands, feet, heart, and brain in the group! Our social learning group had a little Halloween fun today as we examined Larry’s growing body parts and eyes under a black light (courtesy of Steve Spangler http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/). The kiddos also loved discovering that inside the bowl of ordinary looking water were invisible eyes hiding just below the surface. It was so exciting finding the eyes with the black light. Each student took turns picking the jelly-like eyes up slowly and returning the eyes back “in the group” or bowl and watching them vanish again as they submerged in the water. 

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We were able to take a closer look at another brain (made of gelatin!) and talk about the functions of the brain and label the parts. I found this Zombie Gelatin Mold this summer at Urban Outfitters for only $1!

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For those of you that are unfamiliar with Whole Body Listening Larry by Kristen Wilson and Elizabeth Sautter, this two book series helps children have a better concept of Whole Body Listening and how they need to listen to not only get information, but to be a part of a group. Social Thinking® is a term coined by Michelle Garcia Winner and represents a coordinated teaching framework of curricula, vocabulary, teaching tools and strategies for individuals aged preschool through adults. Learn more at www.socialthinking.com.

 

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About mhkeiger

I am a MAP Middle School teacher and a Social Learning Specialist. I am also the Program Director of Friend's Club social learning groups. I have presented at the Social Thinking Providers Conference. I received my bachelor's degree in English from Salem College and my master's degree in Cross-Categorical Education from University of North Carolina - Greensboro. I am a long-term member of the Autism Society of North Carolina. I was awarded Professional of the Year by the Autism Society of North Carolina in 2003. I have 25 years of extensive training and experience in the area of social skills.

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