Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Nature Walk

A girl examines a bracelet on her wrist
One of the things an O&M instructor of mine used to do is to take students on a "nature walk". She would put masking tape on the student's wrist sticky side out. As the students walked, if they found something interesting, they would pick it up and attach it to their tape bracelet. After they finished their walk, they'd bring the bracelet to me where I would then work with the student to create a story based on their walk and what they found.
 
 
 
 
Braille nature walk story
 
 
The tape bracelet would be opened so that it could be stapled to the top of the braille page once they were done brailling their story. One tip I like to use with staples is to put some scotch tape on the back of the stapled items so little fingers don't get cut by the staple.
 
This is a great activity for Earth Day!  (April 22)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Materials: 

  • masking tape or painter's tape
  • nature
  • imagination
 

Procedure: 

  • Go for a nature walk with the student or work in coordination with the Orientation and Mobility Instructor, classroom teacher or family members.
  • Encourage the child to collect small items and attach them to the masking tape "bracelet".
  • Examine the items with the child and invite the child to tell about them.
  • Provide assistance, as necessary, for the child to create sentences or a story about the items.

 

Variations: 

  • This activity could be adapted for students with multiple disabilities by attaching the items themselves onto separate pages and writing just one word or phrase on each page.

Nature walk collage

Core Standards

Writing: 

W.K.2  Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.
W.K.3  Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to narrate a single event or several loosely linked events, tell about the events in the order in which they occurred, and provide a reaction to what happened.
W.1.3 Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.

Comments

Nature Walk?

Posted by Kathi Loudon

What an idea! Your O&M must have been awesome! What a partnership! Hopefully on Earth Day the weather will be great as I WANT TO DO THIS! We may do a trial run first! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Love it!

Posted by Cami A

I think I'll suggest doing this in the class I'm doing my student teaching it. This could be a fun group activity!

Interesting

Posted by Carla Kincade

Could this be done else where like in a garden or nature centre? I agree with Cami that this would be a fun class project. Imagine the stories a class could create? Or each classmate writes a different page of the 'story' for their mate?

Fun!

Posted by Liamsmom

Fun! Just in time for Spring:)  Thanks for sharing!  I definately will be doing this with my little guy!