• Ashley Merkel’s Classroom

    Intermediate Grade Level 


    “When I look at my students I see unlimited possibilities” -unknown


    Welcome to Room 209!  In this class, we challenge the kids to be the best they can. We find ways through their senses to teach the curriculum using song, movement, stories, technology, and pictures. Students use speech generating devices and pictures to make their voices heard throughout the day. We use an adapted version of the Unique curriculum. 

    Our curriculum topics change monthly. This year’s curriculum topics are: 

       -We Have Rights (Government)

       -Intermediate Science Fair (Scientific Inquiry)

       -Here Come the Sun (Earth and Space Science)

       -Pen Pals and Traditions (Holidays)

       -Times Have Changed (History)

       -Resources by Region (Geography)

       -LIght and Sound on the Move (Physical Science)

       -Earn Before You Spend (Economics)

       -We Look Alike! (Life Science)

    In intermediate, the students participate in two special groupings. On Thursdays, students throughout intermediate are split into three groups (Functional Academic groups). These are math based groups. In this class, I teach a cooking lesson focused around measurement and math. At the beginning of each month I send home a “recipe permission slip” for parents to fill out and send back with the students. This includes the recipe ingredients for allergy and safety purposes. The students participate in these groups for one hour then the groups rotate through each classroom each Thursday of that month. The other two groups are numbers, and survey/data collection. The link to the recipe permission slips are below. 

    On Mondays our  intermediate grouping is called Curriculum Groups. The intermediate pod is broken into three groups and the students rotate 30 minutes in each class to participate in various functional life skills. We use literacy, fine motor, gross motor, math, art, and sensory to teach about these units.  The themes for this years functional life skills are below. 

       -Appropriate Clothing Choices for Seasons

       -Washing Hands

       -Basic Hygiene/Cleanliness

       -Healthy Eating

       -Brushing Teeth


       -Recreational Activities

    We go on mobility once a month to work on current curriculum topics, individual student’s goals and communication. The mobilities this semester are on my webpage calendar. You can also check out the monthly newsletter link below for more information. 

    These students are always working hard in this class but it’s always great to share things with the students from home. Some things that you can do at home to help activities within the classroom are 

       - Fill in your students weekend home note (so we can use the information to have conversations on Mondays) 

       - Fill in Holiday questionnaires that are sent home

       - If you have an exciting or different event go on please share! Our students love to share about our  home experiences 

              with each other. 

       - Send in a joke or a photo that they could share with each other. 


    We are a busy room that likes to stay on the move so make sure to check back soon for other exciting news and events! 


    "I call my students "My Kids" because in our year together they aren't just kids on my class list, they become part of my heart" 

    February Newsletter

    February Recipe Permission Slip

    March Newsletter

    March Recipe Permission Slip