Teacher of lesson: Megan Matthys
Lesson Topic/Subject: Blindness/Social Studies
Grade Level: Kindergarten
Estimated Time: 45 minutes





Introduction/Anticipatory Set

  1. Explain to students that a blind woman named Carla Westjohn and her guide dog will be coming to visit today to talk to them. Before Carla arrives, explain that when she comes, they all need to drop whatever they are doing and go right to the carpet. Tell the students to make sure they sit somewhere where they know they can be good listeners. They need to be on their best behavior for their visitor. Ask the students to quickly review with you what is required for good listening behavior.
  2. Also explain ahead of time that Carla will have a guide dog with her that helps her get around. The dog has a very important job to do and cannot be distracted by everyone crowding around it and petting it. They absolutely cannot touch the dog unless Carla invites them to do so.

Sequence of Instruction

  1. When Carla arrives, turn off the lights and announce it is time for everyone to go to the carpet.
  2. Help Carla find her chair, and then introduce her to the children. Explain to the students that she has some interesting things to share with all of them, and they can ask questions when she is done.
  3. Allow Carla to talk with the students.
  4. When Carla is ready for questions, tell the students to raise their hands and then you will call on them.


  1. After the students are done asking all of their questions, have them all thank Carla for coming to visit them and teaching them more about all of the interesting things blind people can do.


  1. The students will show that they can be polite attentive listeners by sitting quietly with their hands to themselves and demonstrating genuine interest.
  2. Students will learn more about blind people by listening to what Carla has to say about how her dog helps her get around, about how she does her job, about how she does things around her house, and about what kinds of things she enjoys doing most.
  3. Students will demonstrate that they can ask good questions by remembering some of the questions they thought of together the day before, as well as thinking of new questions that will help them learn even more.


  1. Students might need to be moved to a new spot to ensure good listening.
  2. After Carla leaves, maybe it would be helpful to go over the questions they had again and review what the answers they learned were.


  1. Have the students write a thank you note to Carla which expresses some of the most interesting things they learned.


  1. How did the visit turn out?
  2. Was I able to keep the students under control?
  3. How did the students respond to the visitor?
  4. Did the students seem genuinely interested in asking questions?
  5. What things would I change in the future?

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