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Innovation in Teaching Competition - Beyond the Textbook

Fall Trees and Apples

Jamie McFarland
Rock Springs Elementary
Gwinnett County Schools

Grade Level and Content

Kindergarten through 2nd Grade
Special Education


This special education unit targets both IEP goals and adapted academic standards for Kindergarten to 2nd grade  students with severe and profound disabilities. Students engage in interactive activities around the theme of fall and apples, including story boxes, cooking, science experiments, and a culminating in-school field trip to an apple orchard. Throughout the unit, students practice communication skills and fine and gross motor skills, while  learning prerequisite skills for English Language Arts, mathematics, science, and social studies standards.

Standards Addressed

English Language Arts
ELA.K.RI.1; ELA.K.RL.2; EKA.K.W.8; ELA.K.RF.1; ELA.1.RI.1;
ELA.1.RL.10; ELA.1.W.8; ELA.2.RI.1; ELA.2.RL.10; ELA.2.W.8

M.K.CC.6; M.1.OA.1; M.2.OA.1

S.K.L.2; S.K.P.1; S.1.CS.5; S.2.CS.3

Social Studies
SS.K.E.3; SS.1.E.1

Available Materials

Unit Introduction
A Letter From the Teacher
Daily Lesson Plans
Autumn Leaves Are Falling Down Song Sheet
Shopping List
Autumn Toast Activity Sheet
Apple Tasting Activity Sheet
Apple Tasting Symbols
Apple Explosion Experiment
Apple Color Matching Activity Sheet
My Apple Activity Sheet
Properties of Apples Teaching Guide
Bowling Pin Pictures


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About the Teacher

Jamie McFarland is currently a Kindergarten through 2nd grade special education teacher for students with severe and profound intellectual disabilities at Rock Springs Elementary in Lawrenceville, GA. Ms. McFarland received her bachelor’s degree in Birth through Five Special Education from the University of Georgia. Her best piece of teaching advice is to believe in every student, no matter what their abilities or disabilities may be – believe that each student is capable, each student is valuable, and that each student has something incredible and unique to offer.

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Disclaimer: The unit plans and materials on the Innovation in Teaching Competition website are aligned with Georgia’s standards through December 2014. English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics standards have been revised. The revised standards were approved by the State Board of Education on January 15, 2015. The revised ELA and Mathematics standards were renamed from the CCGPS to the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE).

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