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RESOURCES FOR
THE CLASSROOM

We have compiled parents' and educators' favorite disability awareness books and activities for students of all ages in hope that it will help your classroom celebrate the differences in all of us and what makes each child unique. Our goal is for children to see the beauty in all God's children and appreciate everyone's abilities - disability or not. Below is a list of our favorite literature on inclusion which teachers and families will find helpful in celebrating all God's children.

RESOURCES FOR  PRE-K TO GRADE 3

Spookley and the Pumpkin Jamboree | read by Author Joe Troiano
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Spookley the Square Pumpkin

Spookley and the Pumpkin Jamboree | read by Author Joe Troiano

Join Joe Troiano for a reading of his new book, “Spookley and the Pumpkin Jamboree.” The book, which is exclusively available via Scholastic Book Clubs in its inaugural year, helps us all learn that there is no one right way to celebrate Halloween! ABOUT SPOOKLEY THE SQUARE PUMPKIN AND HOLIDAY HILL FARM: Spookley the Square Pumpkin was first introduced to millions of children in author Joe Troiano's book, The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin, in which Spookley is shunned by all of the round pumpkins until a mighty storm threatens to destroy the entire pumpkin patch and only Spookley, with his unique shape, can save the day. Spookley delivers a powerful message of tolerance and kindness that is embraced by educators, caregivers, and non-profit organizations worldwide. Spookley can now be seen in two movies, Spookley the Square Pumpkin and Spookley and the Christmas Kittens, that air annually on Disney Junior and Netflix and are available on all major digital platforms. Spookley and his friends live on Holiday Hill Farm, a world of storytelling magic where "Every Day is a Holiday." Official Website: https://www.spookley.com Official Store: https://www.shopspookley.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/spookley Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spookleythesquarepumpkin Official Amazon Webstore: https://www.amazon.com/spookleythesquarepumpkin © Holiday Hill Enterprises, LLC. All rights reserved.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR GRADES PreK - Grade 3:

Here is a worksheet to invite students to talk about their family member with a disability:

 

 

 

 

COLORING PAGES TO CELEBRATE DISABILITY :

 

 

 

 

 

It’s important for children to feel represented in the books they read. It’s also important for books to expose children to the beautiful diversity of our world. This includes the varying abilities and disabilities around the globe. To promote inclusivity and representation, we’ve rounded up 53 books featuring characters with disabilities.

If you have a child who can speak, you’ve probably had the experience: Your child spots a person in a wheelchair and they start pointing and asking questions, loudly. Kristen Parisi speaks about teaching children about disability, at every age in this article.

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Popping Wheelies Website

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Disability Coloring Page Website

RESOURCES FOR GRADES 4 - 5

Katie's Disability Awareness Video

Katie's Disability Awareness Video

Best viewed in full screen. This movie provides tips on Disability Etiquette in kid-friendly terms. The illustrations are taken from a children's book, "How Katie Got a Voice (and a Cool New Nickname)." The book celebrates that which makes us all unique, but also highlights how sometimes a little help is needed to show us how much we are alike. The story is told by a fourth grade classmate of Katie, the new girl in school. All of the adults and children in the "school have nicknames related to their individual interests and personalities. When Katie comes into the class, the students are eager to involve her in their activities and to learn what is special about her. This proves to be quite a challenge. Katie has significant physical disabilities which make her dependent on a Personal Care Assistant for everything, even communicating. How can Katie fit in with her classmates when she can't even talk? When Katie is introduced to assistive technology, she is finally able to communicate with her new friends. As a result, the students are delighted to see her as a person with many interests and abilities, just like them. Katie knows she is a valued member of the school when she is given her own special nickname. This book can be read in the classroom, in speech/language therapy, and at home as a way to open a discussion about acceptance, inclusion, disability etiquette, the importance of effective communication, and overcoming challenges through assistive technology. Discussion questions are posted on www.speakingofspeech.com on the Lesson Plans & Data Form page. The author, Patricia Mervine, is a speech/language pathologist and assistive technology consultant with 20 years' experience in working with students with significant communication disorders.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR GRADES 4 - 5:

Celebrating Disabilities Activity:

This cartoon has a message to help us think of others and their needs in a different way. Please look closely, read the cartoon, and respond to the questions on paper or in small group discussions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a worksheet to invite students to talk about their family member with a disability:

 

COLORING PAGES CELEBRATING DISABILITY:

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s important for children to feel represented in the books they read. It’s also important for books to expose children to the beautiful diversity of our world. This includes the varying abilities and disabilities around the globe. To promote inclusivity and representation, we’ve rounded up 53 books featuring characters with disabilities.

If you have a child who can speak, you’ve probably had the experience: Your child spots a person in a wheelchair and they start pointing and asking questions, loudly. Kristen Parisi speaks about teaching children about disability, at every age in this article.

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Popping Wheelies Website

Guide Dog.gif

Disability Coloring Page Website

RESOURCES FOR GRADES 6-8