This post originally appeared on the blog Breezy Special Ed.
Ah Monday mornings… You just had fun all weekend and suddenly are back to reality. And, oh my goodness, you forgot that you were going to put together a lesson plan over the weekend and now you are scrambling. NEVER AGAIN! “How? you might be wondering? Well, I planned all of my Monday morning lesson plans for the ENTIRE YEAR with this one language arts/social skills activity.
On Fridays, I give my students a homework assignment to record what they do over the weekend. I’ve created different formats based on student needs. Some students write their responses, others students email, and still others send pictures or have their parents write it out for them so that we can later record it on their AAC device or switch.
When students come in on Monday, they check off on the board if they completed their report. If a student didn’t finish their weekend report over the weekend, I have them complete that instead of their morning job when they arrive at school. (This is an especially great time to use the symbol supported weekend report if students aren’t able to provide many details on their own).
We all take turns sharing our weekend reports. I have students volunteer to read their report instead of me calling on anyone. Which means sometimes we have awkward silence (and a lot of me modeling raising my hand and saying “pick me”, waiting for a student to copy me). It took a while at first, but after getting used to the routine, students begin to volunteer on their own!
While students are sharing their reports, I remind the other students to listen when others are talking and to think about what the speaker is saying. Students who can write have a worksheet that they write down something each person did and they can also ask questions (sometimes prompted by me, such as “Hm, he said he went to see a movie. I wonder what movie he saw….What could we ask to find out?”)
And now, I have students asking ME what I DID over the weekend! It’s great to see these skills being carried over to typical social situations.
I have included my weekend reports (9 different levels) in this packet.
Morning mornings will never be the same again. And definitely for the better! You might even wish they happened more often! Too far?! Maybe, either way, you’re welcome! 😉
Brie is a special education Teacher-Author who is passionate about helping ALL students become more successful and independent individuals. She creates differentiated materials that help teach a range of functional skills and they can be found on her TpT store. Connect and learn more with Breezy Special Ed on Facebook, Instagram, and her blog, Breezy Special Ed.