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Arthur's Communication Adventure

The goal of this guide is to help children who are hearing and sighted become more aware of ways that children who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, or hard-of-hearing learn, play, and enjoy the same things they do. The curriculum was developed especially for students in grades 2-3, but activities can easily be adapted for younger or older audiences.

You can download this teacher guide, as well as the individual activity sheets below. You'll also find links to some related online activities on the ARTHUR Web site.

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The Teacher Guide
You can download the entire Communication Adventure guide in two parts.

Communication Adventure, PART ONE (2.3MB) includes:

About This Guide
Find out more about Arthur's Communication Adventure.

Many Ways to Communicate
Examine alternate ways of sending and receiving messages using different senses.

Communication Exploration: Blindness
Examine communication systems used by people who are blind and visually impaired, including Braille and descriptive narration for TV and films.

Communication Adventure, PART TWO (1.1 MB) includes:

Communication Exploration: Deafness
Examine languages and tools used by people who are deaf and hard-of-hearing, including sign language and closed captions for TV and films.

Communication Exploration: Wrap-Up
Help children demonstrate what they have learned through reflection and participation in group projects.

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Activity Sheets
You can also download just the individual activity sheets from the Communication Adventure guide.

Marina Explains (100K)
Marina, who is blind, answers questions from Arthur and his friends.

Braille Name Tag (88K)
Children create a name tag in Braille.

Arthur's Web-venture (88K)
Children take a "web-venture" through child-friendly sites about Braille, blind athletes, and sports equipment for people who are visually impaired.

Kid Talk (92K)
Two deaf children answer questions in an interview.

Create Your Own Captions (200K)
Children assign captions to provided illustrations, then to their own.

Finger Spelling Word Puzzle (88K)
Children learn basic finger spelling, and apply their knowledge to a word find.

Cool Tools (76K)
Children explore tools created for people with hearing or visual impairments.

Related Online Activities
No kidding! There are some great activities here on the ARTHUR Web site that will fit right into your classroom's Communication Adventure plans:

About Face
Children match a character's facial expression with how he or she might feel in a given situation. Developed in close consultation with the National Center for Accessible Media, the game can be used to explore the fact that facial expressions are important, especially when communicating with people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

Don't Wake Kate
Children help D.W. get across a darkened room without tripping on Baby Kate's toys. This increasingly tricky memory activity encourages children to remember sounds and visual cues as they build a mental map of the floor. An entertaining game in itself, it was also designed with consultation from the National Center for Accessible Media with the goal of helping sighted children begin to understand what it's like to be blind or have some sight loss.

Effective Detective
Children help Fern distinguish one specific ARTHUR character from the rest of the pack. Developed to hone observation and description skills, this game can be used to gently enforce the idea that these basic skills are important, especially when communicating with someone who is blind or visually impaired.

Sign Design
Children learn some basic finger spelling and sign language that they can use to communicate with friends and family. This feature is designed to help children develop an awareness of a communication method used by many people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

You've Got Braille
Children translate their own original messages into Braille. Additional information is provided through Marina, a friend of Prunella's who is blind. This feature introduces children to a form of communication used by some people who are blind or visually impaired.

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Arthur's Communication Adventure: Credits