Contributed by: Cindy Wang, MA
I have been working on monocular scanning skills with my 3rd grade student for about a year now and everything I have tried so far has been very boring and uninteresting to her. She always seems very self-conscious using the monocular and very bored during the lessons. The only way I could keep her motivated was with a prize bucket at the end of the lesson. However, this lesson was an instant success– she even told me after the lesson that she was very happy she came to school that day.
I started the lesson by introducing the paper friends I made. Immediately, she was interested. I picked out 4 or 5 from the group and set the rest aside. Then, we took turns naming them. She really enjoyed coming up with names to give each of the friends. After we finished naming the friends, I had my student take her monocular out of her case while I taped the friends up on a wall, making sure they were all decently spread apart. Once everything was set up, we got started. How it worked was I would ask my student to find the friend with a particular feature. Then, my student would use her monocular and scan across the friends until she found the friend with the feature I asked for and she would tell me the friend’s name.
“Find the friend with the purple smile”
“Find the friend with the their tongue sticking out”
“Find the friend with blue eyes”
This lesson can also be used for facial/people recognition skills.