Light and Sound book

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HERE IS A LINK TO THE BOOK: Let’s Learn About Sound And Light

We’re following the Unique theme this week and talking about light and sound.  We learned that light does different things with different types of matter. We also learned that sound is a vibration that travels through matter.  We have one of our students on the front enjoying some music and another student on the back enjoying the light room in our sensory room.

Light and Sound

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This week our theme complements the monthly Unique Curriculum unit for our students. The sensory group explored boxes filled with light or sound. The fine motor groups made thematic crafts and the language group did some light and sound experiments!

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

Our space blanket was both  reflective and also made LOTS of noise as it was moved around.

 

 

 

 

 

The students had a blast!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

More photos because this was so much FUN!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorful pasta was not only eye catching but noisy, as hands pushed through to find letters L and S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We used regular pasta, tri-colored pasta, and pasta of different different shapes that we dyed ourselves.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our light box was made by hot gluing cut up plastic notebook dividers to the sides of a shoebox and then adding lights.

 

 

 

 

 

It really looked cool—–especially when we turned the overhead lights off.

Science access point: recognize a source of light energy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We thought it would be fun to put some bubble wrap sheets in one of our boxes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students had fun pinching or squeezing the bubbles to make them POP!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were all sorts of LIGHT producing toys in this box.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of them could just be turned on but others needed to be moved to activate the lights—-so fun!

Science access point: distinguish between objects in motion and at rest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This box contained a variety of SOUND producing toys including an accordion tube, shaker bottle, and a variety of musical instruments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students really had fun making noise 🙂

Science access point: recognize and respond to sounds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We added pop rocks to our oobleck this week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noisy, messy play—-always a hit!

Science access point: track objects in motion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A water wheel toy made our water noisy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watching the wheel spin and splash water was really fascinating!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was hard finding a scent to work with our theme this week but we dug through our stash of lotion and found one called Hello Sunshine which seemed a perfect fit—-the sun brings us light after all 🙂

 

 

 

It was a nice sweet scent that the students all liked.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since we were doing a unit on sound we HAD to bring out our big strips of bubble wrap to roll or run over!

As always, so many smiles!

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday we made sun catchers!

First, the students identified a circle.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, they began tearing yellow or orange tissue paper into small pieces.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tissue paper pieces were placed on clear contact paper.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look at our sun catchers!

Let the sunshine in!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday, the students made shaker bottles.

First, the students identified a rectangle.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, they used crayons to decorate a piece of paper.

When done, the decorated piece of paper was taped around a plastic bottle.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

They put a funnel in their bottle and poured some beads into it! The students loved watching the beads drop down.

It was also a great opportunity to practice using BOTH hands!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Next, they added 3 jingle bells.

Math access point: associate quantities with number names.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An adult hot glued the cap on to the bottle and……

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!

Shake, shake, shake, that bottle—-of course we sang along 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We had some fun with light and sound experiments today!

Our first experiment involved us using sun sensitive paper (purchased from Oriental Trading).  To use this, you put something on top of the paper, like a leaf or a cutout of a shape, and place them in the sun.  The sun paper should change in color so that you can see the shape of whatever you placed on top of it.

We started out by each student choosing a cutout of an object that they liked out of a field of 2 cutouts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once everyone chose their cutout, each person made a prediction about if they thought this experiment would work or not.

All but one student made the prediction that YES, it would work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We walked outside and found a bright and sunny place to put our papers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While we were waiting for the paper, we played a sound game. Each student had a chance to take out one thing from a bag of small objects.

Once they picked their object, they had to drop it into a tin container.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They had to indicate whether the object was LOUD when it was dropped in the container or if it was QUIET.  If it was loud, students used a sentence strip to indicate “I hear it”.  If it was quiet, students used a sentence strip to indicate “I don’t hear it”.  We had different objects like cotton balls, feathers, toy cars, and plastic animals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When our sound game was over, we checked out the sun paper to see if it had changed color.  It worked!  The directions said to put the paper in some water for a minute and then lay it out to dry.

These turned out really cool!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are getting ready to go on a bit of an extended spring break but be sure to join us again next time for more fun and learning—–Group by Group!

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Our Favorite Books book

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HERE IS A LINK TO THE BOOK: Take A Look At Our Favorite Books

In honor of Read Across America, we decided to put together a book showcasing our some of our favorite books.  We have students as models for each of the books featured, some of which are Charlotte’s Web, Little Women, and The Hungry Little Caterpillar.

You’ll have to look at the book to see which other books are our favorites!

Our Favorite Books

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We are celebrating National Read Across America which was on March 2 by talking about some of our favorite books! The sensory groups explored boxes related to different books. The fine motor groups made projects based on book characters and the language group made a tasty book themed treat!

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

National Read Across America is also known as Dr. Seuss Day, so a Cat in the Hat box was a must this week!

 

 

 

 

The students sorted red and white (the colors of the cat’s hat) pom poms.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pete the Cat is another favorite cat around here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cookie cutter letters C A T and a cat shaped cookie cutter were used in blue moon sand.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This book themed box contained a variety of items to discover and explore such as a “Harry Potter” wand, truffula tree top (aka a cheerleader pompom), and a Goodnight Moon bunny.

 

 

 

 

We recorded a musical version of the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom story on a voice output and the students loved it but….

……the wand was the BIG hit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Language access point: identify characters or objects in familiar stories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our colorful butterfly and caterpillar pasta was very eye catching.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were 2 sparkly butterflies—–and one very hungry caterpillar 🙂

Math access point: recognize two objects that are identical to each other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charlotte’s web was made using silver garland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We included 3 fluffy spiders. One of them vibrated after a string was pulled—so much fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

The students gave Aslan the lion (from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe) a fluffy shaving cream mane.

 

 

 

 

 

The students mixed in the yellow food coloring.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rainbow fish inspired our water play this week. We used Crayola bath drops to make the water really colorful and very eye catching!

 

 

 

 

There were lots of colorful fish and a funnel.

Science access point: track objects in motion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bath and Body Works hot cocoa scented lotion had a really yummy aroma.

 

 

 

 

 

Definitely Willy Wonka approved!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday, we channeled Harold and the Purple Crayon!

First, the students identified the color PURPLE.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, they drew their own purple masterpieces. For our students, the vibrant visual feedback and low friction make markers easier to use than crayons.

 

 

 

Some of the students used a switch to access their drawing tools.

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

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

See what we made………..with our purple markers!

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday, the students made Charlotte’s Web! We got this idea from Pinterest.

First, the students glued 3 words on their web.

Math access point: associate quantities with number names.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, they cut lengths of yarn and began winding it around the paper plate webs.

We precut notches in the plates to make things easier for the students.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

We added a little spider.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Charlotte’s Web!

Radiant!!!!!!!!       Fun!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stupendous!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We made a treat that we think even Willy Wonka would enjoy!  Here is the recipe that we made: Let’s Make Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Mousse

We started by measuring out some heavy whipping cream.  We needed 1 1/2 cups so the student who HELPED had to LOOK at the measuring cup and indicate whether we needed MORE or we were ALL DONE measuring it out.  Then they poured it in the bowl.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a few students HELP with the mixer using the wireless switch.

It’s so fun to watch our students who get all excited when they realize that they are the ones turning the mixer on 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While we were mixing, we observed to see whether the whipping cream was THICK or THIN.  When it thickened up, we added some powdered sugar.

 

 

 

Our students had to indicate the 1/4 measuring cup by showing us the LITTLE measuring cup.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

We used a new cooking tool this week: a sifter.  A student HELPED sift the cocoa powder into the bowl.  They seemed to like seeing the cocoa powder being PUT in the top and coming out the bottom.

 

Science access point: track objects in motion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We used the mixer again to mix it all up and the mousse formed pretty quickly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We counted out cups for each student.  They requested some mousse and then we added some toppings.

 

 

 

 

Each student got just a little bit of whipped cream.  They had to request MORE or indicate that they were ALL DONE.  We did the same with the strawberries.

 

 

 

 

 

This was a great chocolatey treat!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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February 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.

 

 

 

 

We began the month celebrating Black History month by profiling our Local African American Leaders.

 

 

 

 

Local school board member Joy Bowen likes to go fishing with her family.

The students went fishing in our little pond.

 

 

 

 


Walt McNeil is our sheriff.

Stars, like the one on his badge, were stamped into gold kinetic sand.

Doris Maloy is our county tax collector.

Since she deals with numbers all day, we put numbers and dollar sign pasta in her box.

 

 

 

 

The students got to pretend to be doctors like Dr. Friall who is the chief medical officer at one of our hospitals.

They had fun with this!

 

 

 

 

 

Casanova Nurse is a meteorologist for a local TV station.

Weather related items filled this box, including a fan, rain stick, slinky rainbow, and thunder tube.

 

 

 

 

 

Coach Leonard Hamilton is the FSU basketball coach.

Fun pom poms in FSU colors filled his box.

 

 

 

 

Dean Anthony Jones oversees the math and science department at TCC.

We added bath crackles to turn oobleck into a science experiment.

 

 

 

 

 

For this unit, we chose Bath and Body Works cucumber melon scent.

The scent reminded us of foods that Chef Shac, a Chopped champion, might prepare.

 

 

 

 

For Presidents Day, we learned some fun facts about past Presidents.

President Kennedy’s family came from Ireland.

Bright green play dough was cut into shamrocks—a symbol of Ireland.

President Obama is from Hawaii—-his colorful box was filled with flowers and leis.

 

 

 

President Eisenhower enjoyed making cornmeal pancakes.

President Reagan was a move actor and Governor of California before becoming President.

 

 

 

 

President Washington loved ice cream so we added some jello to shaving cream to get an ice cream like texture!

President John Quincy Adams kept a pet alligator!

 

 

 

 

 

 

For a fun unit we did Jack and the Beanstalk.

There was a beanstalk umbrella with a giant peaking down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold easter eggs, a plush goose, and a bunch of gold beads made for a very eye catching box.

The goose that lays the golden eggs 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were BIG plush balls and SMALL spiked balls to represent concepts of size.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A variety of cows roamed around green rice “grass”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorful “magic” beans were fun to run hands through.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students really enjoyed our addition of leaves and an accordion tube beanstalk to the shaving cream.

Bath and Body Works rain kissed leaves was the perfect scent for the week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The watering can turned out to be to a big hit!

The students LOVED it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We finished the month by learning about Greece.

There was another umbrella—-

——this time with zodiac symbols.

 

 

 

 

 

The ancient Greeks invented the Olympic games.

Colorful chenille stems were twisted into rings….

 or other fun shapes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Small wooden blocks were used to make temples in sand.

We included a rake so the students could look for more ancient relics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue and white beads represented the colors of the Greek flag.

Fun to sort, wave, or wear!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also used those colors in our rice.

A map of Greece was at the bottom of the box.

 

 

 

 

 

Shaving cream clouds were swirled around Mt. Olympus.

It is the highest mountain in Greece.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In our water there were variety of fish, a boat, and a dolphin, which is a symbol of Greece!

Junipers grow in Greece, so we used that as our scent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This box was filled with symbols of Greece.

We also recorded some authentic Greek music on the voice output device.

 

 

 

 

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

Greece book

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HERE IS A LINK TO THE BOOK: Let’s Learn About Greece

 

 

 

We are learning all about Greece this week!  There are some really cool things we learned about Greece, such as what their tallest mountain is, what the animal of Greece is, and also that the Olympics started there.  One of our students’ mom and brother were lucky enough to take a trip there last summer and graciously let us use some of their amazing photos.  Take a look and see what you can learn about Greece!

 

Greece

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One of our families recently took a trip to Greece—–how cool is that! Our sensory groups explored boxes related to Greek history and culture. The fine motor groups practiced cutting skills while making their art projects. The language group celebrated Apokries, a Greek carnival, by having a parade and street dance!

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

The ancient Greeks gave us zodiac constellations, some of which could be found on our starry night sky umbrella.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The twinkling lights, dangling planets, and colorful pictures were all so eye catching!

 

 

 

 

 

Science access point: recognize a space related object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Touring ancient Greek ruins is a must for any tourist!

 

 

 

 

 

The students made their own buildings using some wooden blocks. We also included a small rake so they could look for any hidden ancient relics!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue and white are the colors of the Greek flag.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beads, whether worn, grabbed by handfuls, or sorted—-so much fun!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ancient Greeks invented the Olympic games!

The students twisted colorful chenille stems into olympic rings—–or other pretty inventive sculptures 🙂

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Letter G’s could be found in blue and white rice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was a map of the Greek islands at the bottom of the box.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This box contained symbols of Greece, including an owl, laurel leaves, and foods grown there. We also put in some things that you might need while touring around—-such as a backpack, sunglasses, and camera.

 

 

 

 

There was even recorded some traditional Greek music on a voice output device.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students swirled shaving cream clouds around Mount Olympus.

 

 

 

 

 

Messy play is so much fun!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since Greece has so many islands, we put in a small fishing boat in our water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was also a dolphin which is a symbol of Greece and 2 small fish to catch.

Science access point: match common living things with their habitats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We chose Bath and Body Works juniper for the scent this week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Junipers are shrubs that grow in Greece!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday, the students made their own ancient Greek temple!

First, the students identified triangle and rectangle shapes.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, they used cutting tools to cut out their “building blocks”.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students glued their blocks down on a background paper to assemble their temples.

It didn’t matter how the temples were assembled—-they were supposed to by ancient ruins anyway 🙂

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s visit Greece!

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday we made some Greek flags to use as decoration for our upcoming Apokries festival.

First, they identified the color blue and a rectangle—there are lots of rectangles in the Greek flag.

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

Next, the students cut 4 strips of white paper. They used regular scissors, switch operated scissors, or paper cutters depending on their ability.

 

 

 

 

 

Math access point: associate quantities with number names.

 

 

 

 

 

They glued their long white stripes on to the blue background paper.

Math access point: recognize length of objects, such as long or short.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, a pre-made cross was placed at the TOP LEFT corner of their flag.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is festival time—–kales yiortes (happy feasts!

 

We love Greece!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We love our parties here at school and this one was no exception!

The Greek festival Apokries is celebrated at this time of year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our language group students dressed up in togas and we paraded through the halls with traditional Greek music and the students playing tambourines.

 

 

 

 

 

They all looked so cute!

 

 

 

 

 

The parade goers had a great time watching their friends parade in their Greek attire.

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone had so much fun!

 

 

 

 

 

Of course, after the parade everyone was invited to a “street” dance in the hall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We made our own version of the Parthenon and our students and staff got to dance and socialize.

 

 

 

 

We had treats set out with sentence strips so that our students could request what they wanted.

The sentence strips were modeled and our students imitated.  They got to choose from cookies, applesauce, chips, and blue Gatorade.

Not very Greek, but preferred by our students 🙂

 

 

We had so much fun!  Took lots of pictures and danced the day away.  Opa!

 

 

 

 

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