Lesson Plans

Grade 8: Smell/Feel/Hear

Smell the Letters, Feel the Sounds, Hear the Colours

Lesson Summary

Students will plan and create a piece of artwork and then reflect upon their creation. Through discussion, readings and cross-curricular activities based on the book A Mango Shaped Space, students will come to understand gifts of and the challenges faced by a student with synaesthesia. They will have opportunities to develop a different outlook on thoughts and perspectives of persons with disabilities. Synaesthesia is an invisible disability which presents its own set of ‘invisible’ gifts and challenges.

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Connections to Accessibility Awareness: The Big Ideas

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

  • Empathy for others and respect for the dignity of all persons are essential characteristics of an inclusive classroom, school and society.

  • Some disabilities are visible. Some are invisible.

  • Accessibility is defined as that which enables people to achieve their full potential.

  • Students need to learn about different disabilities and understand the challenges of living with disability.

  • This learning must be informed by and understanding that every person has unique gifts to share and a contribution to make.

Important Considerations for Program Planning

In keeping with the inclusive tenets of accessibility and best teaching practices, lessons and instruction must provide a continuum of supports for all students, including those with accessibility considerations 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. Please see the Accessibility+ hub for more information.

Community Connections

Connections with parents, members of the broader school community, agencies and institutions, social services, community organizations, corporations, and local businesses provide important opportunities for supporting accessibility awareness for students. Community partners can be an important resource in students’ learning as volunteers, mentors, guest speakers, participants in the school’s accessibility events or models of accessibility awareness in the life of the community. Modelling and mentoring can enrich not only the educational experience of students but also the life of the community.