This year, I have been thrown into a new teaching situation. For the first time in my teaching career, I am SHARING my students with another teacher! I now teach ELA and Social Studies while my counterpart teaches Math and Science. We are both responsible for other IEP areas such as rec/leisure, life skills, daily living, vocational, etc. I started this position with a lot of fear. I'm pretty much a control freak (aren't all sped teachers?) and was worried about how it would be to have two adults working with students with such a need for consistency. I must admit, I love it. I am now able to focus only on my Academic content areas and I'm finding that it allows me to create more materials that are actually meaningful.
In this new position, I have found a new love for adapted books. These are books that allow students to interact with the material while listening to a story. Usually there are velcro icons or items that can be manipulated on each page. Here is a FREEBIE of one adapted book I created about "Community Helpers".
Community Helpers Adapted Book
Print out the book and take it for a spin. Let me know your thoughts! I'm currently working on creating many more books which I will post soon!