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Orientation and Mobility

Week of April 20-24

Learning objectives

  • understanding the outdoor address system

  • using phone or internet to obtain information

  • review basic spatial concepts

  • use spatial and directional concepts to create a town

Materials needed

  • Household items for map making→ such as playing cards, paper, pencils and a ruler.

  • Phone or internet if available, but it is not necessary. If technology is available, it may be useful to view the links provided in order to complete the activity

Activity: lines can be created by drawing them, gluing noodles on the paper, rolling paper into thin spaghetti like objects to glue, or yarn could be glued on the paper. Use whatever is easy for you. Once the grid is made the student will need to give names to the “streets.”The student will use objects small enough to place in the grid. The first object to be placed in the grid will be the student’s home. From there the student will place a few objects to represent typical businesses in a town wherever they like and places they like to go. Some business ideas would be a grocery store, bank, and post office.

  • The student will use objects small enough to place in the grid. The first object to be placed in the grid will be the student’s home.

  • From there the student will place a few objects to represent typical businesses in a town wherever they like and places they like to go.

  • Some business ideas would be a grocery store, bank, and post office.

  • Once the town is built, the student will decide, create a route, to how they would travel from their home to as many of the businesses as they like. When creating their route, they could either tell someone or record the route by printing, using braille, type, or use their phone to create a voice memo of the route.

  • The student can use terms/concepts they are comfortable with such as, “Walk 3 blocks from my house then turn left,” or “Walk 3 blocks from my house and turn left on Spring street,” or “Walk 3 blocks north from my house and turn east onto Spring St.”