Uncle Sam book

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We learned all about Uncle Sam this week.

Here is a link to the book: Fun Facts About Uncle Sam

Did you know that Uncle Sam was actually based off of a real person?  Our book tells you who the real Uncle Sam is, why he was called Uncle Sam, and how Uncle Sam became a symbol of the United States.

We have a couple of students who are decked out in their red, white, and blue on the front and back of the book also 🙂

Uncle Sam

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September 13 was Uncle Sam Day, so we decided to learn a little more about one of the symbols of our country. It was a RED, WHITE, and BLUE week!

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY

We brought back our blue and red moon sand and star cookie cutters from last week but added pictures of Uncle Sam and the American flag to go along with our theme.

 

 

 

 

Moon sand has a great texture that our students really enjoy.

Social studies access point: recognize the American flag.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students had lots of fun with RED, WHITE, and BLUE beads. We put in multiples of each so the students could sort and match by color.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The colors in our rice were so vibrant and really eye catching! The students searched for letters S A M or U S A.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We added a little Red and Blue glitter to white shaving foam and students liked watching the glitter swirl around!

 

 

 

 

 

Plastic plates are working out great as individual messy play trays.

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

 

 

 

 

 

We even continued the theme with our water play. Each student had either a red, white, or blue measuring cup!

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

The perfect scent for this patriotic week—-apple from Bath and Body Works! A nice reminder of the fun we had!

Each student gets their own dab of the lotion in bottle caps we collected.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

GROSS MOTOR

For our gross motor activity this week, we thought a good way to celebrate Uncle Sam Day was a parade.  Since we can’t have any parades right now, we had students imitate gross motor movements that you might see if you were to go to a parade.

For ambulatory students, they walked or marched on bubble wrap (used to represent fireworks) while waving a red or blue streamer.

For our students who can self-propel their wheelchairs, they rolled over the bubble wrap.

 

 

 

 

 

For our students working on sitting, bubble wrap was placed under their feet while they were positioned in supported in sitting.  They stomped/marched on the bubble wrap either independently or with assistance to make firework sounds.

Science access point: recognize and respond to sounds.

 

 

 

 

 

They also waved streamers independently or with hand over hand assistance to celebrate Uncle Sam Day.

Science access point: recognize an action as fast or slow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR

For project one, we made Uncle Sam masks with paper plates.

First, we identified the shape and color of the paper.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, the students cut strips out of red construction paper to make stripes for their hats.

 

 

 

 

 

Of course, we counted the strips!

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

 

 

 

 

 

The three red strips were glued to a piece of white paper to make stripes.

The hat was glued to the TOP of the paper plate and a piece of batting was glued to the BOTTOM.

 

 

Math access point: identify spatial relationships.

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello Uncle Sam!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

For project two, the students made patriotic banners.

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

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 were directed to draw vertical/down lines on their paper.

Science access point: track objects moving up and down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, they glued on a picture of Uncle Sam (we just printed a coloring page) and TWO blue stars (cut from the Ellison machine).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Math access point: associate quantities with number names.

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!

Our banners turned out great—-

—-and so patriotic!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE

We made a really pretty, patriotic snack this week.  Here’s the recipe that we used: Let’s Make Patriotic Parfaits

We started by making some whipped cream.  We had students HELP us by pouring the whipping cream into the BIG bowl.  They first had to show us which bowl was BIG.

Math access point: recognize differences in size of objects.

 

 

 

 

 

Our students HELPED turn on the mixer by using a wireless switch.  We had to check periodically to see if it was still LIQUID.

Science access point: distinguish between water as a solid or liquid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We added some vanilla and confectioners’ sugar to the bowl.  We put some vanilla extract on a paper towel and let our students smell it.  It has such a strong smell but surprisingly all but 1 of our students liked it!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

We used the mixer again until we saw some stiff peaks.

Science access point: recognize changes in observable properties of materials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each table had a bowl of strawberries and blueberries.  We followed the steps and started layering our parfaits, starting with strawberries, HALF a container of vanilla Greek yogurt, blueberries, strawberries, whipped cream, and topped off with blueberries.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

These look so pretty and our students scarfed them down pretty fast 🙂

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Outer Space book

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We are traveling to space this week!

Here is a link to the book: Let’s Learn About Space!

 

 

 

The book goes over some pretty neat facts about space, like which planet could have life on it other than Earth, how long footsteps on the moon will be there, and also how much a space suit costs to make.  Our book also features a couple of our students on the front and back who have traveled to space and back 😉  Enjoy!

Outer Space

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Out of This World is our school wide theme this year! So we are all about outer space theme this week! The students had fun learning about planets and stars with our sensory, gross motor, fine motor, and language activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY

Our outer space umbrella was very eye catching and a hit with the students! There were stars, constellations, planets, and a big yellow sun to find.

 

 

 

 

 

Science access point: recognize a space related object.

 

 

 

 

 

Colorful Floam got molded into planets and asteroids!

They really had fun with this!

 

 

 

 

 

Math access point: recognize common three-dimensional objects, such as spheres.

 

 

 

 

 

The students used star or moon shaped cookie cutters to make impressions in “Mars” red or “Jupiter” blue moon sand.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

We printed out and laminated some pictures of planets and astronauts to mix in with our black “outer space” kinetic sand.

We ordered our kinetic sand from Amazon.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Large silver glitter looked like stars swirling around the oobleck Milky Way.

Oobleck is made from cornstarch and water and easily done at home too!

 

 

 

 

Science access point: track objects in motion.

 

 

 

 

 

Hands were rinsed in “clouds of Venus” water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

We finished with a “to the stars” lotion from Bath and Body Works. It had an out of this world aroma 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

GROSS MOTOR

For the gross motor activity this week, there were several options.

For our students whom are ambulatory or can self-propel their wheelchairs, we made an obstacle course using round sound steps and rings/hoops for them to work on stepping up on the steps and then transitioning to stepping into/out of the hoop.  Our students using wheelchairs, worked on self-propelling their wheelchairs in a weaving pattern around the round sound steps and hoops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For our non-ambulatory students, we worked on reaching for a ball while in a supported sitting position to address balance, trunk control, and head control.  We also worked catching/throwing ball activities while in supported sitting positions, tall kneeling, or standing.

At home, you could make an obstacle course using items around the house such as, step stools, pillows, hula hoops, etc. to practice stepping up/down, over, or around obstacles.  You can also work on catching, throwing, or kicking a ball.

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR

For project one, our students painted paper plate planets with glow in the dark paint!

First, they identified the shape of the paper plate either verbally or by using communication symbols.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then,  identified their paint color and started painting.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the students finished painting, they held their plates under a black light—so cool!

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!

 

 

 

 

 

For project two, the students made rockets out of cardboard tubes.

First, they identified the shape of their paper and colored it using either markers or crayons.

Math access point: recognize object with two-dimensional shapes, such as a rectangle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, they glued and rolled the paper around the cardboard tube.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, they cut a square into two triangles and attached them to the tube using glue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A picture of our little astronauts and a nose cone was glued on to the tube.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To infinity and beyond!

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE 

We became astronauts today and made some astronaut pudding!  Here’s the recipe we used: Let’s Make Astronaut Pudding

We started out by sanitizing everyone’s hands.  Then each student got a ziploc bag.

They first had to request the pudding mix.  Since it required the use of both a tablespoon and a teaspoon, we got to practice working on BIG and LITTLE.  We talked about the tablespoon being BIG and the teaspoon being LITTLE.

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

 

 

 

 

We counted out ONE tablespoon and TWO teaspoons of pudding mix.  If we only gave the student one teaspoon, they had to request MORE.

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

We did the same with the powdered milk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, students got to choose which color they WANTED their pudding to be: red, white, or blue.  If they chose red or blue, they had to HELP count out 3 drops of food coloring.

Math access point: associate quantities with number names.

 

 

 

 

 

After that, they had to request water.  Staff helped as the water was poured into the bags.  We then made sure the ziploc bags were sealed closed.

Students then got to squish and squeeze their bags so the pudding would set.  It takes a minute so if it seems like it’s going to be a drippy mess, give it a little time.

Once the pudding set, we cut a corner of the bag and our students SQUEEZED the pudding into a cup to eat.

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

Some notes: we put the food coloring in before the water, but it might work a little better after the water is put in.  Also, put a little less than 1/2 a cup of water.  This turned out to be both a snack AND an experiment 🙂

 

 

 

It was a truly out of this world week! Join us again for more fun and learning—-Group by Group!