Wyoming book

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To celebrate National Take A Hike Day (November 17) we are learning about Wyoming.  Wyoming has lots of cool places to take a hike like Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park.  We learned about some common animals that are seen in Wyoming and also found out that the national food is pinto beans.  Our own Joy took a trip to Wyoming this summer with her family so we featured some of her pictures in the book as well.  Take a look to learn about this beautiful state!

 

 

Here is a link to the book: Let_s Learn About Wyoming

Wyoming

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November 17 is National Hiking Day, so we are looking at the state of Wyoming—–a great place to go hiking! The sensory groups explored boxes related to facts about the state. The fine motor groups’ art projects were symbols of Wyoming and the language group made a yummy dip using pinto beans—the state food!

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

Since we are recognizing National Hiking Day, we had to include a hiking box with this unit! The box contained plastic pine branches and a “petrified wood” tree.

 

 

 

 

There was also a small backpack, compass, and sunglasses. We even included a plush grizzly bear and bison! Wolf howls were recorded on a voice output device. The students were pretty fascinated by the wolf sound we recorded on a voice output device.

Science access point: recognize a model of a real object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pinto beans are the state food of Wyoming!

 

 

 

 

 

The students had fun running their hands through this box of dried beans to find letter W.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wyoming is known as the “cowboy state”. We put 2 horses, a cow, and a little cowgirl to find in this box of brown rice. There was a picture of a cowboy to find underneath.

 

 

 

 

 

Science access point: match animals that are the same.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fossil Butte national monument has the richest deposit of fish fossils—-which we thought was pretty cool!

 

 

 

 

The students used plastic fish and bones to make “fossil” impressions in kinetic sand. We found a cool plastic frog skeleton that was also included in this box.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wyoming gets a LOT of snow! Insta-snow is pretty close to the real thing—-it even feels a little cold!

 

 

 

 

A small shovel and measuring cup were used to practice scooping skills.

Science access point: recognize objects or materials as warm or cold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The snow capped Grand Tetons are one of our national parks. We had the students swirl shaving cream “snow” around a laminated Grand Tetons.

 

 

 

 

 

Lots of fun here 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yellowstone National Park is also located in Wyoming. One of the features of the park are the colorful prismatic hot springs.

 

 

 

To make our mini version, we used colorful Crayola bath drops and white craft foam (to simulate the crusty top of the springs). A measuring cup and small funnel added to the fun.

Science access point: track objects in motion.

 

 

 

 

 

The state tree of Wyoming is the Plains Cottonwood, so we chose Bath and Body Works cotton scent for this week.

 

 

 

 

As usual, the students used vocalizations, gestures, or communication symbols to indicate WHERE they wanted the lotion.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Wednesday we made a bison using this template: bison

First, using communication symbols, we identified the color of the bison.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then the students glued their bison DOWN on to a blue background.

Math access point: recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship, such as up or down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, the students used either tabletop or regular scissors to snip small pieces of brown fluffy yarn.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students applied some glue (with help as needed) to their bison then added yarn.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

TA DA!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look at our herd of bison!

 

 

 

 

On Thursday the students made the Grand Tetons!

First, the students identified the color BLUE.

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

Then, they identified a TRIANGLE.

Math access point: recognize objects with two-dimensional shapes.

 

 

 

 

 

The students used paper cutters or regular scissors to cut out triangles. We discussed that triangles have 3 sides!

Math access point: recognize the sides of a triangle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They glued their triangle “mountains” on to a blue background, then used glue spreaders to add glue to the top.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Time to add the snow! We enlarged the holes in the tops of some spice jars and filled them with fake snow. This worked pretty well but we found that it was better if we didn’t “pack” the snow into the container.

Science access point: recognize a change in the appearance of an object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA—-Grand Teton—– DA!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lets visit Wyoming!

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

Since the state food of Wyoming is pinto beans, we decided to make some pinto bean dip for our language group today.  Here is the recipe we used: Let_s Make Pinto Bean Dip

We started by PUTTING a can of rinsed pinto beans into a food processor.

The student who wanted to HELP had to indicate HELP on their communication board or verbally state that they wanted to HELP.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had to turn the food processor on to get the beans mashed up a bit before adding the other ingredients.

Science access point: recognize a change in the appearance of an object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, we PUT 2 tbsp of sour cream into the food processor.  The students were shown a tsp and a tbsp and had to indicate which one was BIGGER.

Math access point: associate quantities with number names.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We added the ranch seasoning mix next.  We talked about how we were using the SMALL measuring spoon.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After all the ingredients were PUT into the food processor, each student had a chance to TURN the food processor on until the ingredients were smooth. They always have fun with this part 🙂

Science access point: recognize that electrical systems must be turned on (closed) in order to work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We PUT the dip into a microwaveable bowl and added a little bit of cheese.  The students indicated that we should PUT MORE cheese into the bowl.

Math access point: indicate desire for more of an action or object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of our students helped TURN on the microwave.  We talked about how the dip would be HOT once it was done.

Science access point: recognize the temperature of items, such as food, as cool or warm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After each student indicated that they WANTed to EAT, they got a spoonful of dip and some chips.

YUM!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We Salute the Troops book

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We’re celebrating Veteran’s Day this week by learning about all of the different brances of the military: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard.  There are a couple of facts about each of the branches in the book and we have students that are dressed up like a soldier from each branch as well.  It’s pretty cute, if we say so ourselves…and we do 🙂  Check it out and help us celebrate all those in the military.

 

 

 

Here is a link to the book: We Salute The Troops-

We Salute The Troops

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We learned about our armed forces this week. The sensory groups explored boxes dedicated to different services branches. The fine motor groups decorated service vehicles with camouflage and the language group made a patriotic treat.

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

This box was dedicated to animal mascots—-goat for the Navy, bulldog for the Marines, bear for the Coast Guard, mule for the Army, and falcon for the Air Force. There were plush or laminated pictures of each of the mascots in this box. The Marine Corps hymn was recorded on a voice out put device and also placed in this box.

 

Social studies access point: recognize a patriotic song.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A little Coast Guard ship roamed around this blue kinetic sand ocean.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

There were 6 (3 in green and 3 in desert uniforms) Army soldiers to find in this box of “camouflage” beans. It was made by combining a variety of dried beans and we think it looks pretty cool.

 

 

 

 

Math access point: solve simple problems involving joining sets of objects with the same quantity to 3.

 

 

 

 

We went pretty patriotic with the play dough this week—-we had red, white, and blue! The students used cookie cutters with letter M (for Marines) and a star shape.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Our rice was red, white, and blue too! There was a picture of planes to find at the bottom of the box and a little plane to fly around in the rice. There were also 3 letter A’s—-for Air Force.

 

 

 

Science access point: identify object by one observable property, such as shape.

 

 

 

 

A little Air Force jet flew around in some fluffy shaving cream clouds for our messy play this week.

 

 

 

 

 

Science access point: track objects in motion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Navy ship and a Navy submarine floated around our ocean. There were 2 different sized measuring cups included for scooping fun.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

We went with Bath and Body Works ocean scent this week—-in honor of the Navy and Coast Guard armed forces.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Wednesday the students tore green, brown, and tan paper into pieces and glued them onto an Army transport truck using this template: army truck

First, using communication symbols the students identified the colors BLACK, GREEN, and BROWN.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

They tore BIG pieces paper into SMALL pieces.

Math access point: recognize differences in size of objects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then they glued the pieces of paper DOWN on to their trucks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science access point: recognize a change in the appearance of an object.

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go ARMY!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday the students painted fighter jets using this template: fighter jet

First, they identified the colors of the paint.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

After paint was added to a stamper, the students stamped UP and DOWN on their jets. We made the stampers by adding foam stickers to some kitchen scrubbers.

 

 

Math access point: recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship, such as up and down.

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Go Air Force!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

In honor of Veterans Day, we made some edible American flags during the language group.  Here is the recipe that we used: Let_s Make Edible American Flags

We started by each student getting 1 graham cracker.  In order to get the graham cracker, they had to request it using WANT and then pointing to the picture of the graham cracker.  When asked where the graham cracker should be put, our students had to indicate PUT and then point to the picture of the plate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, each student got a spoonful of vanilla frosting.  They had to spread it on the cracker, asking for HELP if they needed it.

Once it was spread, each student got to lick the spoon.  They had to indicate whether it tasted SWEET or SOUR.

 

 

 

 

Each student then got 4 blueberries.  If they were not given the entire amount, they had to request MORE.  They had to follow the direction to PUT the blueberries in the top left corner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, they each got some cut up strawberries.  They had to follow the direction to PUT the strawberries in lines on the cracker.  If they did not have enough, they had to request MORE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once they were ALL DONE, they had to indicate that they wanted to EAT the edible flag.

Yummy AND patriotic!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Candy Land book

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We’re talking all about the game, Candy Land, this week during our groups and it has been so much fun!  The book features some of our students dressed up as characters from the game such as Gramma Nutt, King Kandy, and Princess Frostine.  The background of the book was painted with Ms. Judy during art and it’s so colorful and pretty to look at!

 

Here is a link to the book:  Let’s Play Candy Land

Candy Land

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Every kid’s favorite board game and perfect theme for the end of October—-Candy Land! The sensory groups explored boxes related to each of the characters in the game. The fine motor groups made candy inspired art projects and the language group hosted a Candy Land party. It was a super fun week!

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

Candy colored beans filled this King Candy box. There were letter K’s and C’s to find and match in this eye catching box.

 

 

 

Science access point: identify objects by an observable property, such as size, shape, and color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students used Mr. Potato Head pieces and purple Bubber to make their own Plumpy characters. We like how the Bubber feels a lot like circus peanuts, making it perfect for this unit!

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our snowflake umbrella is showing it’s age, but it still looked pretty with the glittery foam candy shapes we added. We think Queen Frostine would certainly approve!

 

 

 

 

The students had fun counting the gingerbread men and candy eggs that were hanging down.

Math access point: associate quantities with number names.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And a couple more photos—-they really liked this umbrella!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red and black was the theme for Lord Licorice’s box.

 

 

 

 

 

There were hard beads and soft chenille stems to explore or sort.

Science access point: match objects by an observable property, such as size, shape, and color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A circle shaped cookie cutter was used to make “lollipops” in colorful rainbow kinetic sand.

 

 

 

So mesmerizing to watch the colors oozing together! The Lollipop Princess would just love this stuff 🙂

Math access point: recognize objects with two-dimensional shapes, such as a circle or square.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The character Gloppy is a big drippy fudge monster. With the addition of cocoa powder and some big googlie eyes, the students made their own Gloppy monsters!

 

 

 

Lots of drippy fun!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students scooped out foam noodle “peppermints” in our water play this week. We also added Bath and Body Works peppermint scented bubble bath to the water for a totally Mr. Mint experience!

 

 

 

Science access point: track objects in motion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We used the matching peppermint scented lotion to leave our students smelling sweet as candy this week 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

This strong sweet scent really captured the students’ attention!

Science access point: recognize and respond to one type of sensory stimuli.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Wednesday the students made glittery paper lollipops!

First, using communication symbols, we identified the shape of our paper.

 

 

 

 

 

Math access point: recognize objects with two-dimensional shapes, such as a circle or square.

 

 

 

 

 

Next, the students painted glue on to the circle. The lollipop stick was already attached so that made it easier for the students to hold.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Then, it was time to “shake, shake, shake that glitter”.

We passed each color around so everyone got a little (or a lot) of each color 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Science access point: recognize that the appearance of an object or material has changed.

 

 

 

 

TA—-lollipop—- DA!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

SWEET!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the students made mini Candy Land boards—-and put themselves in the game!

First, we looked at a real Candy Land game board and identified its shape. The students used communication devices, verbalization, or pointing to communicate their answer.

 

 

 

 

 

Math access point: recognize objects with two-dimensional shapes, such as a circle or square.

 

 

 

 

Each student got to choose a different colored strip of paper. Of course, we asked them to identify the color of their strip using communication symbols.

 

 

 

 

Science access point: identify objects by an observable property, such as size, shape, and color.

 

 

 

 

Then, they cut on the lines to make squares. The students used regular scissors, adapted scissors, or switch operated scissors to cut their paper.

 

 

 

Math access point: recognize objects with two-dimensional shapes, such as a circle or square.

 

 

 

 

 

We divided up the different colored squares among the students so the students could start gluing them down on their “game boards”. Adults drew a curvy guide line with a pencil.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Cute little gingerbread men (we traced around a cookie cutter to get the shape) with the students faces were added and……….Ta DA!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s Play Candy Land!

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We decided to have a little party during the language group this week.  The students in the language group got dressed up as the characters in Candy Land for a parade.

 

 

 

We talked about who was in the FRONT of the parade and who was in the BACK of the parade.

 

 

 

 

We made our way all around the elementary building,

and the crowd was pretty entertained!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then we all joined together to have a little Candy Land party!

Students were able to request what they wanted to eat using picture symbol sentence strips.  They had to indicate “I want _____” in order to get what they wanted: M&Ms, Trix, chips, or a drink.

 

 

 

 

If they were not given a lot at first, they had to request MORE.

 

 

 

 

We practiced our social skills with our friends while listening to Halloween music and eating our snacks.

 

 

 

 

 

We had lots of fun all around 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone got to pose in front of the backdrop we used in our Candy Land book.

 

 

 

Say CANDY LAND!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

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October 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 teachers have sent of their students exploring the different sensory boxes during the month of October 2018.

Our school wide theme this year is Lights! Camera! Action! The sensory boxes accompanying this unit were matched to featured movies.

The Jumanji jungle umbrella was colorful and eye catching!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pink Power Ranger sand was fun to sift.

 

 

 

 

There were 4 letter P’s to find buried in the sand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students loved the Jurassic Park box.

 

 

 

 

There were lots of dinosaurs, plants, and even a jeep!

 

 

 

 

The Indiana Jones box had some colorful snakes buried in equally colorful lentils.

Not scary at all!

 

 

 

There were lots of Star Wars characters to find here.

There was also a light saber and Darth Vader mask!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Superman flew through around a rainbow……

……and some shaving cream clouds.

 

 

 

Hands were rinsed in a pirate lagoon.

This was our nod to The Pirates of the Caribbean.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our next unit celebrated Italy!

The students found letters spelling ITALY in a box of red, white, and green rice.

 

 

 

The rice was in the colors of the Italian flag.

 

 

 

 

 

 

They had a lot of fun making “spaghetti and meatballs”!

Great find motor practice with the tongs we put in the box.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This box contained a variety of items that represented Italian symbols.

 

 

 

We also recorded some authentic Italian music on a voice output device.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grey Floam was shaped into the roman colosseum.

 

 

 

 

Laminated romans and a chariot were included.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The country of Italy is shaped like a boot.

Students cut out boots in play dough using cookie cutters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We put a fishing net and some fish in our water play.

 

 

 

 

There was also a small “gondola”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Italy’s active volcanos were represented with our flame colored oobleck to which we added some pop rocks.

This was a hit!

 

 

 

Our Florida Animals unit complemented the Unique Curriculum theme for the month.

We had a miniature Everglades Swamp!

Complete with bugs and alligators, of course!

 

 

 

 

The students searched for plastic birds in this box of birdseed.

Some of them loved just burying their hands down into the box.

 

 

 

 

 

More birds (pictures of seagulls and pelicans this time) could be found at the bottom of the sandy beach box.

They had a lot of fun with funnels and scoops included.

 

 

 

 

There are lots of squirrels in Florida.

Students used a squirrel shaped cookie cutter to cut some out of moon sand.

 

 

 

 

Animals found in Florida waters such as sharks and dolphins were found in our water play.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students also enjoyed the plush black bears in this box.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were a variety of Florida animals to find in this woodland box.

Animal sounds were recorded on a voice output device.

 

 

 

 

 

We finished the month celebrating National Book Month with a unit on our favorite book characters.

They made Babar sculptures out of green Floam and had lots of fun with cheerleader pompoms—-

our stand in for Truffula trees!

 

 

 

The Fancy Nancy box was a favorite!

So much fun!

 

 

There were feather boa’s, beads, and fancy sunglasses.

 

 

 

 

Our students can totally rock a pair of sunglasses!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were 4 letter P’s to find

 

 

 

 

in our Pinkalicious rice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Very Hungry Caterpillar box was bright and colorful.

There was play food to feed the caterpillar.

 

 

 

The students had fun making Amelia Bedelia shaving cream pies!

Messy fun is always a hit.

 

 

 

 

We used cheerleader shaker pompoms as a stand in for Truffula trees.

Lots of giggles with these.

 

 

 

 

The letters R E A D were scooped out of water….

scented with banana scented bubble bath!

 

 

 

Thanks for joining the After Party—-see you next month!