This teaching unit “The Smartest Giant in Town” aims to support students with learning disorder. The focus is placed on ADHD, which is the abbreviation of Attentive Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Around 15 % of ADHD students are inattentive, while approximately 85% have a combined type such as behavior disorders and psychological disorders, and some are impulsive. For the inattentive type, study-buddy and group work are efficient. On the contrast, the impulsive students find difficulty in group work but they are creative and productive, and tactile objects are helpful (Yanoff, 2006, 51-57). In order to support this group of students, the approach contains routine procedures, explicit instruction, and multi-sensory teaching. Methodical variety that also includes sensory components and movement is meant to prolong the students’ attention span.
Age group: 6th grade
Area of support: Learning disorder, especially ADHD
- “Word cards”, “Model sentence on the blackboard”, “Vocabulary Bingo” and “Handout: Vocabulary practice” (PDF)
- “Word cards / slides” and “Handout: The Smartest Giant in Town” (PDF)
- “Making a wish“, “Picture cards“ and “Check list, handout & question” (PDF)
- “Scrambled story”, “George’s song” and “Message card to George” (PDF)