Earth Day book

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We are focusing on Earth Day this week since it’s coming up on the 22nd.  Our book discusses some ways that we can celebrate Earth Day each and every day.  We want to save water and energy so we should take shorter showers and make sure to turn on the lights.  We also need to reduce, reuse, and recycle!  Check out some of the other ways you can help out!

 

 

 

Here is a link to the book: Let’s Celebrate Earth Day Every Day

Earth Day

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We celebrated Earth Day this week. The sensory groups explored boxes with a variety of colors and textures. The fine motor groups made some fun earth themed art projects and the language group made an earthy treat!

 

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

Neon blue food coloring and green glitter made our play dough very eye catching this week! We think the yellow tray we used added to the visual impact!

 

 

 

 

The students used a circle cookie cutter to cut out their own little earth models.

Science access point: recognize a change in an object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students sorted blue and green pompoms into matching bowls. Some of the students were able to do this independently, others needed a little help.

 

 

 

 

It was also fun to just see how many they could stuff into one bowl 🙂

Science access point: match objects with similar observable properties, such as size, shape, color, or texture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We used one of our space blankets for our aluminum recycling box!

 

 

 

 

 

The space blanket is a total multi-sensory experience—-it reflects light and makes noise when moved.

The students had a blast!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science access point: recognize and respond to different types of sensory stimuli.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was a base of recycled paper on to which we added plastic leaves, a rain stick, blue and green beads, silk flowers, and a variety of toy endangered animals. We also added other symbols things that help save our earth such as a “turn off the light” sign and a little toy trash can.

 

So much to discover in this box.

Science access point: use senses to recognize objects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our colorful blue earth day rice contained both upper and lower case letter E’s. The students had fun using the little rake we included.

 

 

 

 

There was also a picture of earth to find at the bottom of the box.

Science access point: recognize objects as the same.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fluffy shaving cream clouds swirled around a large laminated picture of the earth.

 

 

 

 

 

Our students were really intrigued with the effects they got as they pushed the shaving cream around.

Science access point: apply a push to move an object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hands were rinsed in a little sea filled with “trash”.

 

 

 

 

 

We included a sifter so the students could scoop out the trash and leave it nice and clean for the cute little whale swimming in our ocean.

Science access point: recognize ways that people can help improve the immediate environment, such as cleaning up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We chose Bath and Body Works mahogany teakwood for our scent this week because with 2 trees in the name it was the perfect choice for Earth Day!

 

 

 

The students liked the scent, but we are not sure how much it smelled like trees 🙂

Science access point: recognize one or more external body parts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Wednesday, we made earth pictures using homemade puffy paint.

First, the students identified the shape of their plates.

Math access point: recognize an object with a two-dimensional shape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, they formed their own continents by dabbing a mixture of glue, shaving cream, and green food coloring on to their plates.

 

 

 

 

Math access point: solve problems involving small quantities of objects or actions using language, such as enough, too much, or more.

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve got the whole world in our hands!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday, we made earth pictures using coffee filters.

First, we identified the colors of our markers and the shape of the coffee filter.

Science access point: identify objects by one observable property, such as color.

Math access point: recognize an object with a two-dimensional shape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students used both and green markers to color on a coffee filter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science access point: recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move.

 

 

 

 

 

Next, they sprayed their coffee filters with a water bottle—this was fun!

 

 

 

 

 

Science access point: recognize a change in an  object.

 

 

 

 

 

We let the coffee filters dry a little bit and then glued them on to a black background and….

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!

Let’s celebrate Earth Day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We made a tasty Earth Day snack using this recipe: Let’s Make The Earth In A Cup

We started out by PUTTING 1 cup of heavy whipping cream into a bowl.  We talked about how 8 oz equals 1 cup.

Math access point: compare quantities using language, such as more, less, or the same.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, we added 10 drops of green food coloring to the whipping cream.  We had to STIR it up so the color would mix in.  We observed that it looked DIFFERENT after stirring in the green.

Science access point: recognize a change in an object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then we added some powdered sugar to it  and used the MIXER to mix it together.  Each student had a chance to turn on the mixer since it took a bit to form.

 

 

 

 

Science access point: share objects with a partner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once the whipped cream was done, we got out some pre-made blue Jell-o.  We talked about why we were using green whipped cream (the land) and blue Jell-O (the water). Then we layered the Jello-O and whipped cream.

Math access point: recognize the next step in a simple pattern or sequence of activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!  Earth in a cup!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yum!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Hope you find lots of ways to celebrate Earth Day! Join us again for more fun and learning—–Group by Group!

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We Hatched Some Baby Ducks book

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Last year, one of our teachers here, Ms. Emily, brought an incubator and some duck eggs to school.  Our students were lucky enough to get to watch the process of ducks being born.  Our book shows the process that it took.  This year Ms. Emily has brought some more in so we get to see it all over again!  We’re so excited!  Take a look to see our ducks!  There’s a link on the last page that you can copy and paste in the browser to see our baby ducks swimming for the first time.  Check it out!

 

 

Here is a link to the book: We Hatched Some Baby Ducks

We Hatched Some Baby Ducks

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One of our teachers, Ms. Emily, hatched some baby ducks in her class last year. It was such a hit school wide, that she is doing it again this year—–how cool is that! The sensory groups explored duck themed boxes. The fine motor groups made baby duck crafts and the language group visited Ms. Emily’s classroom to see the duck eggs!

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

We made our own duck egg incubator using some battery operated lights and some plastic  eggs.

 

 

 

 

It was a hit with the students!

Science access point: recognize a source of light.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duck and egg cookie cutters were used to cut out shapes in yellow play dough.

 

 

 

 

 

We made the play dough using our favorite internet recipe and added food coloring to get the perfect “duck yellow”.

Science access point: apply a push to move an object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were lots of plush ducks along, with a variety of plastic eggs in our “duck hotel”.  We even lined it with some bedding straw!

There was also a voice output device with some quacking ducks recorded on it.

 

 

So much cuteness to explore!

Math access point: recognize similarities and differences in size of common objects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ducks have feathers so we HAD to include some! There were 2 colorful feather boas in this box.

 

 

 

 

 

Fun to touch, shake, or wrap around your neck!

Science access point: recognize and respond to different types of sensory stimuli.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We hid 2 little baby ducks in this box of birdseed. The birdseed has such a cool texture and is so much fun to bury your hand into.

 

 

 

 

There was a small rake included to add to the fun.

Math access point: recognize 2 objects that are the same size or color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One big rubber duck swam around our blue oobleck pond.

 

 

 

 

 

Cool, quacky, fun!

Science access point: recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were 4 colorful ducks floating in our water bin. We also included a measuring cup for scooping.

 

 

 

 

 

The ducks are actually alphabet ducks that when lined up, spell  D U C K!

Science access point: identify objects by one observable property, such as color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For our scent this week we used Bath and Body Works Into the Wild in our water play, then their country chic scent lotion—it was the best we could up with to represent ducks 🙂

 

 

 

The students really loved the aroma and feel of the lotion.

Science access point: recognize one or more external body parts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday, we made paper bag baby duck puppets using this template: duck egg 1

First, we identified the color of our lunch bag.

Science access point: identify objects by one observable property, such as color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We glued the duck egg shell to the BOTTOM of the bag and then glued the duck beak to the TOP of the bag.

Math access point: recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, the students glued 2 eyes and 2 feather wings on to their puppets.

 

 

 

 

 

Associate quantities with number names.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA-quack quack-DA!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Such cute baby ducks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday, the students made their own hatching duck using this template: duck egg 2

First, we identified the color of our duck.

Science access point: identify objects by one observable property, such as color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students glued a precut beak and 2 googlie eyes on a yellow oval piece of paper. Some of the students were able to do this independently but most of them needed a little help because the pieces were quite small.

 

 

 

Math access point: match one object to a designated space to show one-to-one correspondence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, the students used a kitchen scrubber to stamp UP and DOWN to apply paint to their duck eggs.

 

 

 

 

Math access point: recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship.

 

 

 

 

 

Adults helped assemble the project by attaching the bottom of the eggshell to a cup with a small hole cut in the bottom. An unsharpened pencil was pushed through the hole, then the duck head and eggshell top were taped to it.

 

TA DA!!!

Watch our baby ducks hatch!

We didn’t really catch the action with our photos but you can see by their faces, the students really got a kick out of sliding their ducks up and down to “hatch” 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We got to go and visit the new duck eggs!  After reading the book, we all walked to the Post Secondary building.  A nice little walk since it’s on the other side of the school!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each student got to LOOK at the eggs.  Ms. Emily told us that it was important that we keep the incubator shut because it has to stay at a certain temperature on the inside.

There were 32 eggs in the incubator.  Our students thought they looked pretty comfy inside there 🙂

 

 

 

 

After we came  back from visiting the eggs, each student had to indicate whether they saw eggs or ducks by touching the egg or the duck.

We’ll definitely be going back to check on those little duckies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was another great week but unfortunately the one where we had to say goodbye to our AWESOME intern Ms. Alisia. We wish her the best of luck with her future career as an Occupational Therapist!

Join us next time for more fun and learning—–Group by Group!!!

Where We Go On CBI book

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Classes here at school get to go on Community Based Instruction, or CBI, each week.  There are different places that they go.  Sometimes it’s a store, sometimes it’s the park.  The book shares some pictures of our students at some of the different places they visit.  Check it out!

 

 

 

Here is a link to the bookLet’s Go On CBI.

Where We Go On CBI

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Our older students have the opportunity to go out into the community on a regular basis to practice independent functioning, communication, social, and academic skills. We call this Community Based Instruction. Our sensory groups explored boxes related to the different community locations. The fine motor groups made some fun art projects and the language group made frozen treats you might buy while out and about!

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

Students used cookie cutters to stamp B U S into school bus yellow moon sand.

 

 

 

 

School buses are used to transport the students to their various CBI destinations.

Science access point: apply a push to move an object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue and white rice represented one of the most popular CBI locations—— Walmart! There was a picture of a bus and another of a Walmart store to find at the bottom of the box.

 

 

 

There were also two different sized spoons to use for scooping fun!

Math access point: recognize differences in size of objects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another popular location is the Publix grocery store. Here the students purchase food/snacks for themselves or classroom activities.

 

 

 

 

We put a variety of fun food items—–some of which made noise when squeezed!

Science access point: recognize and respond to different types of sensory stimuli.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When going shopping, the one thing you need is MONEY!

 

 

 

 

 

There were different play money coins to find buried in this box of multicolored beans.

Science access point: recognize coins as money.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes our students get to participate in sporting events—-such as bowling or basketball.

 

 

 

 

 We thought that making balls out of bright yellow Floam would be a great representation of those activities.

Math access point: recognize a common three-dimensional object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Messy play represented the Community Arts program. We put some drops of food coloring in the shaving foam and let our artistic students mix it together.

 

 

 

This was a lot of fun but made for some multi-coloring fingers when done 🙂

Science access point: recognize a change in an object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many of our parks have a lake or water feature. Our water feature contained the letters C B I to scoop up. We also included some fun scoops.

 

 

 

 

Messy hands sometimes made some very colorful rinsing water!

Math access point: recognize differences in sizes of containers that hold liquids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bath and Body Works vanilla sugar scent reminded us of some yummy Publix cookies 🙂

 

 

 

 

It was definitely a hit!

Science access point: recognize one or more external body parts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Wednesday the students made a CBI map.

First, they identified the shape of their paper and the color of their marker.

Math access point: recognize an object with a two-dimensional shape.

Science access point: identify objects with one observable property, such as color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They used the black marker to scribble roads on their maps.

 

 

 

 

 

Science access point: recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move.

 

 

 

 

 

Next, they used a paper cutter or scissors to cut out some of the most popular CBI stops.

Science access point: recognize a change in an object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They glued the pictures and a school bus (cut from the Ellison machine) on to their maps.

 

 

 

 

 

Math access point: recognize when an object has been added to a situation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are ready……..

……..let’s go on CBI.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday the students made chicken nuggets—-a favorite treat to pick up on CBI.

First, the students identified the number 3 and the shape of our plate.

Math access point: associate quantities of number names.

 

 

 

Math access point: recognize an object with a two-dimensional shape.

 

 

 

 

 

Next, we mixed some rice krispies into our paint to give it texture and painted our 3 nuggets.

 

 

 

 

 

Science access point: recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move.

 

 

 

 

 

Since it is nice to have a little dipping sauce, we tinted some corn syrup and dripped a little of that on to the nuggets 🙂

The corn syrup will dry to a glassy finish.

Science access point: track objects that fall to the ground.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken nuggets—-YUMMY!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

Since shopping can tire us out, we made our own icees using this recipe: Let’s Make Strawberry Lemonade Icees

First we PUT 6 cups of ice into the blender.  We talked about the ice being COLD and why it was cold.

Each student got to HELP PUT some ice in the blender.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, we PUT some water into the blender.  We were going to TURN it on, but we saw that something was wrong.

 

 

 

 

 

Our students had to indicate that we needed the top on first.  We turned it on to crush up the ice some.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, we added some lemonade mix.  We observed that the color of our ice water was changing to a DIFFERENT color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, we PUT some strawberries with sugar into the blender.  Time to mix it up!

Each student got to HELP press the switch to TURN on the blender.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once it was ALL DONE, each student had to request an icee by indicating and/or saying WANT or DRINK.  They would also have to indicate that they wanted MORE.

Students told us if they thought the drink tasted SWEET or SOUR.

 

 

These were very tasty!  A good treat for all 🙂

 

 

 

It was a great week! Join us again next time for more fun and learning—–Group by Group!

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March After Party

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Welcome to the After Party! Each week after the weekly blog featuring activities in the elementary department is posted, our sensory cart is parked in the media center where it is available for check out by the rest of the school.

Here are photos from the month of March.

 

 

 

 

 

We started the month off with Aladdin!

There was a a fabulous umbrella with colorful lights and figures.

 

 

 

There was a sandy Cave of Wonder.

More play figures added to the fun.

 

 

 

 

Our black and orange rice was very eye catching.

There were 3 tigers to find in the box.

 

 

 

Discovery bottles filled with jewels and gold from the Cave of Wonder were a hit.

 

 

 

Colorful monkeys could be found in a box of blue beans.

More blue was found in our genie oobleck.

 

 

 

Our next unit focused on Women in Sports.

 

 

 

 

 

Red, white, and blue rice filled our Jackie Joyner Kersee box.

 

 

 

We even color coordinated our scoops!

 

 

 

Insta-snow filled a box dedicated to Chloe Kim.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lisa Leslie is a famous WNBA player. The students made orange Floam basketballs in her box.

 

 

 

 

Gold beads represented all the medals won by Wilma Rudolph.

This box was a hit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students sorted black, white, and striped referee pompoms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our water play featured animals that swimmer Gertrude Ederle may have encountered swimming across the English Channel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, we learned about machines!

The students used a train shaped cookie cutter

to cut trains in blue moonsand.

 

 

 

 

There were some fun fans to explore!

These were a hit!

 

 

 

 

School buses are machines the students are very familiar with!

There were 2 buses to find in a box of black beans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A box of wood shavings contained a giant pencil—to represent another familiar machine, the pencil sharpener.

They had fun “drawing” pictures.

 

 

 

 

A toy airplane flew around shaving cream clouds.

Another successful messy play.

 

 

 

 

The students had fun with a water wheel…..

another interesting machine!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had 2 different scents this week. First, a sweet one that smelled like something cooked in the oven.

The second scent came from scratch and sniff cards that smelled like oil/gas—-yuck!

 

 

 

 

We finished with a fun unit all about the color GREEN!

 

 

 

 

This box had a variety of green items including beads, pom poms, and plush animals.

The hat was a real hit!

Very colorful fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bright green rice was very eye catching.

Scooping skills could be practiced here.

 

 

 

 

Shamrocks were cut into green Bubber.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The green light box was especially intriguing!

Hard to resist!

 

 

 

 

Our emerald green kinetic sand contained a cookie cutter letter G and..

…..a small dinosaur figure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green food coloring was added to oobleck.

Cool drippy fun!

 

 

 

 

Water play contained a green scoop and boat.

We scented the water with Bath and Body Works rain kissed leaves.

 

 

 

The matching lotion was a hit with the students.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See you next time!