I’m happy to announce that The Happy Little Garbage Truck’s educational program was based on my own teaching experiences. I started my professional experiences sometimes in classrooms with very little material and few mentors that understood the special needs of my students.
This program was designed for new teachers or mature teachers, those with a general education or special needs classroom, and for those who teach a “push-in” program. I have taught in each of these programs and realize the need to have a robust curriculum that engages a student’s interest.
To this end, The Happy Little Garbage Truck provides a multi-tiered, multimodality series of lessons that teach critical thinking skills in literacy and self-esteem. I’ve also included classroom games at the end of each lesson to explore some of the themes put forth in the book.
Each lesson teaches comprehension, receptive and expressive language skill activities and whole word vocabulary development. Students learn while playing a series of fun games. Self-esteem skills are developed while children play games that focus on modeling appropriate behaviors while engaged in cooperative play. These games are well suited for collaborative settings.
The technological portions of The Happy Little Garbage Truck instructional program involve videos, website based educational programs and activities. These are for your use to further engage students and increase their ability to see how words work on a variety of platforms.
Each lesson in the Teacher’s Guide will:
- Explore key concepts in a one-on-one setting
- Present easy to follow directions to facilitate language skills
- Provide lists of vocabulary words that correspond to each series of pages that are covered
- Offer a variety of ways to connect the meaning of these words to their real-life use and application
- Cover only a few pages of the story to give the child ample time to reflect on a small portion of the content for greater understanding
- Provide tiered lessons – to help you meet your child’s ability level
- Offer separate games and activities to extend the learning experience
- Offer games that help reinforce a child’s understanding of feelings
- Expand a child’s independence, critical thinking and self-esteem
The Student Activity Guide (with corresponding activity pages for each lesson) was created for a variety of interest and ability levels!
- Coloring pages
- Word searches
- Unscramble the words
- Crossword puzzles
I’ve personally used each of these strategies. Also, I know that teachers often have very little time for planning – which is why I’ve included a set of five “pull-out,” Standard-based (California- Kdg) lesson plans in the Appendix.
Whether you decide to use the rotational method or teach each portion as single lesson, I know that the strategies, techniques, tips and tools included in this program will help in providing you with an exciting program for your classroom!