3rd Grade Community Based Learning
People with disabilities have made great strides over the past several decades to be more visible and recognized as "able" in our society. Third grade students build empathy and understanding by learning about the experiences of people with physical ability differences. The CBL unit includes an audit of the yard and first floor of our school building through a simulation activity using a pediatric wheelchair. Students can see first hand the challenges involved when entering certain spaces, attempting to access basic necessities, and accessing important information - all while in a wheelchair. This Ableism Awareness unit is intentionally taught in conjunction with the Human Body science unit. Students learn about athletes and dancers who experience living and working with a disability, and meet members of our community who advocate for them, including a physical therapist who treats people with spinal cord injuries and architects who work to redesign inaccessible spaces in accordance with the American with Disabilities Act.