National Chip and Dip Day is next Tuesday! (March 23rd)
I’m not gonna lie, it’s one of my favorite holidays. And it makes for some fun lessons with students. I’m sharing a couple of the lessons I’m using to celebrate the holiday and work towards IEP goals at the same time. If you’ve got plans of your own, please share!
Lesson 1: Student is a 14-year-old academic braille reader. On the day before the holiday, I have this student use BlindSquare to plan the driving route from school to the grocery store. Once there, we navigate to the snack aisle and I read all the flavors of potato chips, focusing on the newest and craziest flavors. She chooses 4 flavors she thinks our younger students would like but probably haven’t tried yet. Once the bags are in the cart, I have her use the Seeing AI app to be sure she’ll be able to identify each bag once we get back to school. At school, she uses gloves to make a snack bag of each flavor for herself and 2 younger students. She creates braille labels for each bag.
Lesson 2: Student is a 10-year-old struggling braille reader.
On Chip & Dip Day, I deliver the snack bags of chips. He navigates to the vending machine to choose and pay for a drink to enjoy with the chips. He navigates back to the work room. He reads the labels on the bags and samples each kind of chip. He brailles a short note to the first student, thanking her for shopping, bagging and labeling the chips, and tells her which kind he likes best.
Lesson 3: Student is a 10-year-old auditory learner with additional disabilities. She is working towards goals to solicit assistance and make/take phone calls appropriately.
On Chip & Dip Day, I deliver the snack bags of chips. She navigates to her locker to get her water bottle, to the bathroom to wash and dry her hands and then to the work table to enjoy the snack. She asks an adult to read the labels for her. She tries the chips and decides which flavor she likes best. Then she uses a Google Home Mini to call the first student and leave a voicemail message: identifying herself, thanking the student for the snacks, and telling her which one she liked best.
My students love lessons that involve eating and National Chip & Dip Day is a perfect excuse. So, c’mon, people! Let’s get out there and EAT SOME CHIPS!