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TEACHER TO TEACHER Lloyd Andersen Editor, Teacher to Teacher The descriptions that follow represent a variety of instructional resources and techniques that have been used successfully in educational programs serving the hearing impaired and have been recommended by the users. For purposes of sharing this information with other professionals, educators throughout the country are encouraged to write in. The instructions for submission of information follow the reviews. The Restaurant Place Activity Subject: Multi-disciplinary/economics Educational achievement range of students who used the materials: 2nd grade "As a part of our economics unit in the second grade, our classes had a restaurant which they named The Restaurant Place. As a preparation for the restaurant project, we had discussed goods and services, jobs in the market place, the need for a money system, and how people earn money. After naming the restaurant, our first decision was what to serve. The children selected several snack items including: graham cracker cookies, crackers with Cheese Whiz, big pretzel sticks, popcorn, and chips and salsa. We also served lemonade and Kool Aid. The manager of one of the neighboring banks agreed to loan the class $20 to cover the cost of purchasing the food. The children went to the bank and actually borrowed the money themselves, signing a written agreement to repay with interest. After borrowing the money, we went to a neighborhood store to buy the food for our restaurant. The children did comparison shopping. The children learned about division of labor and specialization by making paper flowers for the tables. In the first part of the flower-making exercise, the children worked for 15 minutes producing flowers independently. Then, they produced flowers in an assembly line for 15 minutes. This enabled them to see the advantages and disadvantages of specialization and division of labor. The children then learned about advertising as they made posters about the restaurant, which were displayed around the campus. In writing class, they made menus. In speech and language class, the students practiced phrases appropriate for restaurant jobs. In math class, they counted money. The students set the cost of food items as 15C; the drinks were IOC. We then sent notes home with all of the elementary students asking them to come to our restaurant. The day of The Restaurant Place was quite exciting. We prepared the food and readied the room. We talked about the various restaurant jobs and practiced doing them. The restaurant itself was open only one afternoon. The children had a wonderful experience actually doing the jobs: seating customers, taking orders, fixing the food, cleaning the tables and taking the money. They were delighted to find that they had earned a number of tips for good service. The children who came to the restaurant had the opportunity to handle money, make choices, place their own orders and pay their own bills. When we counted the money, we had made a profit of over $20. We repaid our loan to the bank with interest. The children voted on what to do with their profits. Using language experience stories throughout the project is appropriate. Additional activities we would like to suggest are visiting a restaurant, saving the checks and making a graph to discover the most popular items, and writing stories about their personal experiences in a restaurant." —Kami Brecheison William Day This information was submitted by Kami Brecheison and William Day, Phoenix Day School for the Deaf, Phoenix, AZ. Speechreading in Context Teacher's GuideActivities Book Subject: Speechreading Educational achievement range of students who used the materials : Elementary Guide for teachers and therapists that uses context cues for reading instruction such as time of day, who is talking, and what is happening. Each series of everyday situations includes a list of things people are likely to say. Designed for drill and practice, classroom games, and individual work. "I have found the book very helpful. I am a hearing therapist for the New York City Board of Education. This is an activities book for functional student practice in speechreading . It gives students practice in various activities such as greetings, school vocabulary, questions, commands, and conversation. The activities allow for student roleplaying, which the students enjoyed. This...


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