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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
We love Amman!
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.
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