Jordan

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Ms. Cara got to go visit family in Jordan over spring break—-how cool is that! So this week, we are learning about the country of Jordan.

Here is a link to the book:

SENSORY

This cool brown sand reminded us of many of the buildings in the capital city of Amman. We put in a couple of play figure “tourists” to wander around and make designs or practice writing letters in the sand.

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

Jordan has many ancient places to explore. The students used Floam to sculpt their own buildings. We included some laminated pictures of the ancient city of Petra.

Social studies access point: associate a picture with a place.

Students looked for letter /J/ in tea leaves——–tea is a popular beverage in Jordan.

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

We learned that cement is a major industry in Jordan. We made our own “cement” by adding some food coloring and sand to oobleck. It made for a different texture!

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

Jordan borders the Dead Sea! Pool noodle pieces represented the buoyancy of the water.

Science access point: track objects in motion.

Citrus fruits grown in Jordan so we used Bath and BodyWorks orange sapphire for our scent this week. It was a yummy scent that our students really liked!

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

GROSS MOTOR

This week students made their own ancient ruins like the city of Petra or Jerash. They made structures by stacking weighted blocks. Students worked on balance in standing, kneeling, or sitting to pick up blocks and stack them to make a structure.

Of course, their favorite part of the activity was knocking the structure down with a ball.

FINE MOTOR

For project one, the students made the city of Amman out of tissue boxes.

First, the students identified the shape of their box.

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

Then, they painted their boxes. We pre-covered the boxes with white paper. The students could choose light or dark brown paint.

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

Next, they glued pieces of black paper to make “windows” and “doors”.

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

TA DA!!

Let’s visit Jordan!

For project two, the students practiced their cutting skills while making pictures of Amman.

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

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

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

Next, they cut pieces of black paper to make “windows” and “doors”.

Science access point: recognize a change in an object.

The “windows and doors” where glued onto an outline of a city. The city was glued on the background paper and we added a crescent moon!

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

Ta Da!!

We love Amman!

LANGUAGE

We made some hummus in our language group since it is a popular dish in Jordan. Here is the recipe we used:

We started out by putting some lemon juice into the food processor. You know we have to taste the lemon juice each time and today was no exception. Our students are getting pretty good at locating the SOUR symbol 🙂

We also added some salt and garlic and turned on the processor to mix. We gave the students a chance to smell the garlic!

Then we added some tahini and turned on the processor AGAIN to mix.

We put in some ice water and mixed. Students got to touch the cup and indicated whether it was HOT or COLD.

Finally we added some cumin, chickpeas, and olive oil. Our students helped with the food processor by using a wireless switch to activate it.

Once the hummus was smooth, each student requested some to be put on their plate.

They got to choose if they wanted pita bread or pepper slices.

YUM!!!!!!!!!!

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Rainbows and Unicorns

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April 9th is National Unicorn Day, so we decided to celebrate a little bit early!

Here’s a link to the book:

We have some cute pictures of a couple of our students celebrating National Unicorn Day.

 

 

 

SENSORY

We made a great big rainbow umbrella!

The students LOVED it and it really caught their attention.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our colorful rainbow beans were very eye catching!

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were equally colorful unicorns to find 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another eye catching box was filled with colorful pasta.

There were lots of different colors, shapes, and sizes!

Math access point: recognize differences in size of objects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slimy sand was so fun to pull and stretch!

 

 

 

 

We also included cookie cutter letters /R/ and /U/.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We used Jello unicorn slime for messy play.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not only was this fun and colorful, but it smelled nice too!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our water play contained some fun spiral “unicorn” horns.

 

 

 

 

 

There was also a little rain cloud—you can’t have rainbows without rain!

Science access point: track objects in motion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bath and BodyWorks has a scent called Be Enchanted.

 

 

 

 

 

It seemed like the perfect choice for a rainbows and unicorns unit 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

GROSS MOTOR

What better way to celebrate rainbows and unicorns than with a unicorn bowling game! This week students had a blast knocking down unicorn shaped bowling pins with a hot pink bowling ball.

 

 

 

The game was played multiple ways, but the ultimate goal was to knock over as many bowling pins as they could.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR

For project one, the students made unicorns from paper plates using this template:unicorn

First, they identified the shape of the plate.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, they cut strips of paper to make hair for the unicorn’s mane.

Science access point: recognize a change in an object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, they decorated the unicorn horn using markers and glitter.

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

 

 

 

 

 

They glued on two ears, two eyes, one horn, and one mouth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Math access point: associate quantities with number names.

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magical unicorns!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

For project two, the students made a rainbow sand art project.

First, they identified the color of their first sand layer.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, they poured the sand into their bottle. They had to HOLD their bottles to make sure they stated upright.

 

They continued to add different colors of sand until their bottles were filled.

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

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!

We made rainbows!!

So colorful and fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE

We started by having each student request a plate and napkin. They had to use their words to indicate “I want…”

They then had to request a cupcake (pre-made by the class the previous day).

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had to change the icing from white to unicorn colors: blue, pink and purple.

 

 

Students got to pick which color they wanted to mix up. Staff put the food coloring in while students counted the drops.

 

 

 

 

 

They took turns spreading the frosting on their cupcakes, letting staff know if they wanted a different color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students then got to choose sprinkles. If only a small amount was put on their cupcake they had to request more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These came out so cute…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

………and tasty!!!!!

 

 

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J.R.R. Tolkien

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Sorry for the lack of content this week. We have had major technical difficulties. Hopefully we will be able to get our issues fixed by next week.

St. Patrick’s Day

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We’re celebrating everything GREEN this week for St. Patrick’s Day!

Here’s a link to the book: What Do We See On St. Patrick’s Day?

Our book talks about some of the different things that are associated with St. Patrick’s Day like wearing green, four-leaf clovers, and kissing the Blarney Stone.  We have a couple of really cute pictures of our students on the front and back.

Take a look!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY

Students searched for gold coins in green rice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course, we counted how many coins they found!

Math access point: associate quantities with number names.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold and green beads were fun to sort. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More leprechaun gold 🙂

Science access point: match objects with similar observable properties, such as color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green putty in various hues was formed into a variety of shapes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laminated leprechauns added to the fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legend has it that St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland, so for fun we added a few plastic snakes to our shaving cream 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green tint was perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students went fishing in the Irish Sea!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lots of colorful fish of different sizes to scoop up!

Math access point: recognize differences in size of objects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rain is the reason for the 40 shades of green in Ireland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hence, Bath and Body Works rain kissed leaves as our scent.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GROSS MOTOR

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the students played some St. Patrick’s Day games.  They tossed or placed bean bags (that were all the colors of the rainbow) into a pot of gold. 

 

 

 

 

 

Some students played in standing, while others were in sitting or kneeling.  Students worked on balance to pick up bean bags off the ground and then toss them into the pot of gold.  While others worked on catching or reaching for the bean bag, and then tossing them into the pot of gold. 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR

For project one, the students made a shamrock picture. We used this template: leprechaun pot

First, they identified the color GREEN.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students started by coloring the leprechaun pot.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, they used a GREEN marker to draw stems.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, they used glue to add craft foam shamrocks to the stems.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science access point: recognize that objects stick together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s celebrate St.Patrick’s Day!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

For project two, the students turned themselves into leprechauns!

First, they identified the color ORANGE and a CIRCLE.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, they painted the rims of their paper plates ORANGE.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, they added a leprechaun hat—-complete with shamrock!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our leprechauns are ready for St. Patrick’s Day!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE

We decided to have a mini St. Patrick’s Day parade for our elementary building this week. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In order to be COVID aware, students socially distanced and watched as the language group students went by.

Some of parade watchers made Irish flags to wave!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had fun Irish music to parade to and our students even had some green and gold beads that were given to the different classrooms by staff.

 

 

 

 

It was fun to say hello to our friends, from a distance.

 

 

 

 

 

After the parade, we continued the party in the classroom with some green juice and mint Oreos.

 

 

 

 

 

Students had to request both the food and the drink.  If they finished and wanted more, they had to make sure to get a staff members’ attention and then ask for more.

 

 

 

 

It was a fun parade!

We will be back after spring break for more fun and learning———-

—–Group by Group!

 

 

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!

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