Preparing for an Elementary-Aged Science Student

As with recent blogs for chemistry, biology, and middle school science, this blog will provide practical guidance for the TVI who is facilitating instruction for a student in elementary school science. Because content varies depending on grade level, the TVI will find that some of these materials are not necessary each year of elementary school.

Products to Purchase

I recommend buying these items in the spring if possible, in preparation for a class the following fall.

From APH (Available on Quota Funds)

Purchase from Sources Other than APH (or from APH not on Quota Funds)

Other Resources to Purchase: 

  • Talking Scale

  • APH Draftsman and/or inTACT Sketchpad - The APH Draftsman is available on quota funds, but the inTACT Sketchpad has several advantages. 

  • FOSS Magnetism and Electricity Kit                                     

  • Wikki Stix - Very useful for a quick raised line - Order lots!   

  • Glue gun and glue sticks - These also come in handy for preparing quick tactile drawings.  They are available at any craft store or Wal-Mart.

Preparation for the TVI:

  • Read over the descriptions of the products purchased in order to become familiar with them.

  • Discuss the curriculum for the year with the teacher in order to be prepared with appropriate materials as the year progresses

  • Refer the science teacher to the following stellar blog by Kate Fraser in order to become more familiar with best practices for instruction of students with VI in science. 

Additional Resources:

Tips for Creating Access to Science for Students with Visual Impairments
This post provides general tips for adapting other science instruction.  While it is not specific to chemistry, the general suggestions are concise and helpful.  

Thoughtful book by Kate Fraser
Simple Adaptations to Increase Accessibility in Science Instruction
Kate Fraser provides excellent adaptations and suggestions in this blog post.

Pinterest collage of preparing for elementary aged science student

Many thanks to Brenda O'Sail and Clare Scallon, both former Elementary Teachers at TSBVI,  for their collaboration on this blog. 
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