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|PART I Myself & the Neighborhood|
|Myself & Neighborhood|
|The Mail Carrier|
|Let Your Fingers Do the Walking|
|The Sign Walk|
|Who I Am|
|Baking Bread with the Little Red Hen|
|PART II Exploring Systems|
|What's in a Thumb|
|Parts of You|
|Puzzles Are Systems|
|How Many Systems Do I Belong To Right Now|
|PART III Communicating with Others|
|Talking with our hands|
|Lullabies link people|
|PART IV Myself and the Larger World|
|Move, Feet, Move|
|The Challenge of the Desert|
|Planning a Park|
|TV or Not TV|
|Missing the Point|
|Who Likes Animals|
|A Simple Chocolate Bar|
TO MYSELF AND OTHERS
The activities here are divided into those for primary grades (Part 1) and intermediate grades, (Part 4). Parts 2 and 3 provide connecting links with activities that can be used at practically all grade levels. You can best decide which materials fit your needs and the learning readiness of your students.
All the materials have been tested in classrooms in various parts of the country. The development process has reflected the reactions of teachers and students and appropriate changes have been made. We have included here only those activities that have proved engaging for children while also providing important learning experiences.
Much of that learning will be familiar, and development of basic skills is always an aim. The goals of this material areöto provide experiences that will better prepare children for the kind of society and world they will be living in.
With the lessons
in Part 3, children will begin to see that interconnections and human
commonalities extend to people throughout the world, not just people in
their immediate surroundings. They will learn some ways people everywhere
communicate with each other and help meet one another's need for affection
and a sense of belonging.
It is probably better
to use the activities of any one part in a sequential order; later activities
often build on earlier ones. However, teachers have been successful in
using selected materials in random patterns, fitting them in where they
meet the needs of their classrooms.
I Myself and the Neighborhood
II Exploring Systems
In simplest terms,
students will become aware of systems as things or groups made up of interconnected
and mutually dependent parts. If one part fails to function properly,
the whole system will be affected. This seems like an easy idea÷and it
is, once children have that beginning model in their minds.