Lesson Plans

Grade 3: Eager Eddy

Eager Eddy – The World’s Most Active Dude

Unit Summary

This unit includes five cross-curricular and/or integrated lessons that address curriculum expectations from three curricula: Language Arts, Mathematics, and Health and Physical Education. Using a children’s book about a student with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as a spring board, students will explore concepts of empathy, self- identity, equity, inclusion, learning needs, and universal design from a strengths perspective. They will deepen their awareness of accessibility issues while practising a variety of skills, including listening, speaking, reading, writing, reflection, measurement, data management, body balance and healthy living. Activities #3, 4 and 5 provide excellent opportunities for the classroom teacher to work in partnership with colleagues responsible for Health and Physical Education, the occupational therapist or physiotherapist assigned to the school, another member of the school team or a parent or someone else from the community. Please see the Accessibility+ hub for additional information and resources related to this unit.

Connections to Accessibility Awareness: The Big Ideas

The following accessibility messages are addressed in the activities in this lesson:

  • Students need to help develop a classroom culture that fosters a sense of belonging for all students.
  • Every person has unique gifts to share and contributions to make.
  • Students need to learn about different disabilities and understand the challenges of living with a disability.
  • Students sometimes need special assistance, equipment or technology to learn.
  • What is necessary for some is good for all.

Important Considerations for Program Planning

In keeping with the inclusive nature of accessibility and best teaching practices, lessons and instruction must provide a continuum of supports for all students, including students with accessibility and/or special education needs. The front matter of all revised curriculum policy documents highlights elements to consider in planning classroom lessons and instruction, including universal design, Differentiated Instruction, Equity and Inclusive Education, the perspective of First Nation, Métis and Inuit people, meeting the needs of English Language Learners and of students with special education needs. See the Accessibility+ hub for more information about these and related topics.