As I mentioned in my previous post, many of my 4th and 5th grade students have been learning about managing their Attention and Focus skills. In this post, I am sharing a resource I created to help students learn about ways to manage these distractions – I call them “DISTRACTER BLASTERS!” In order to create even more excitment about these tools, we used one of those fun, stomp-air-rocket toys, where you stomp on a pedal and a rocket shoots out. I borrowed one from my friendly OT, and used one that looks like this:
I created some pictures of various ideas for “Inside the Brain” Distracter Blasters, and “Outside the Brain” Distracto\er Blasters. I spread the pictures out on the floor. As each child chose a picture, they described how the tool could be used to improve their attention, and what “kind” of Distracter type it would work for. Then, they got to count down 5 to 1 and proclaim “Distracter Blaster!!!” as they stomped on the air rocket (hoping to not injure a ceiling tile in my classroom).
Here are the Distracter Blasters:
Here is a link to the document: Distractor Blasters
Have a great time Blasting Off with your students! Watch the next post for a Self-Monitoring sheet for kids to determine if using a particular Distracter Blaster works for them.
Best wishes… Jill