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West Humber CI's Amazing Race

West Humber CI's Amazing Race

Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Categories: Great Things, Happenings @ TDSB, School Web Stories

Twenty-three West Humber CI (WHCI) students with autism and development disabilities from three different classes recently competed in a unique end-of-year activity. With a focus on the community, the students had been learning about places that sell goods, places that sell service, and places to have fun. Frequent field trips to the Woodbine Centre Shopping Mall in Etobicoke helped to illustrate these ideas and reinforce curriculum concepts. On June 21, the WHCI students participated in culminating activities by creatively using the Fantasy Fair at Woodbine Centre as a community classroom. 

The three classes competed against each other to complete six quest-like activities. The quests included: history of the carousel; planes, trains and automobiles; community signs, geometric shapes; ticket booth information; and Fair hours of operation. Student teams were required to follow each clue, go to a specific area in the Fair and answer questions based on that quest. Once they finished the quest, they had to read a riddle and proceed to the next task. 

Students had an opportunity to learn or build new vocabulary and participate in activities that encourage expressive, receptive, and pragmatic language skills. The Amazing Fantasy Fair Race quest also promoted positive social interaction while building skills in the areas of literacy and numeracy. And best of all, it was fun.

“Providing students with opportunities to experience their learning through meaningful and engaging activities in the community as an extension to the regular program helps reinforce key concepts that are being taught in class,” said WHCI teacher George Liolis. “Learning to identify rules and community buildings, as well as how to access personal and emergency services while in our community, is important, and the Amazing Fantasy Fair Race helps in attaining those skills.”  

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