Sensory Group—Earth Day
Cara’s latest book gave us lots of ideas on how to save the earth. We passed around a stuffed globe as a prop while reading the repetitive line.
We filled our first box with shredded paper (something we can recycle!). Scattered about were some toy cans and bottles, cardboard, and plastic toys—-all things we can recycle. We also put in the word “home” to remind us that earth is our home and we need to keep it clean. A little energy saver sign, reminding us to turn out the lights when we leave the room. We put little people in the box to discuss that it is people who are responsible for keeping our earth clean.
As you can imagine, our students loved the paper shred, so much fun to shake and wave around!
Lots to material properties to contrast addressing science access points.
We added some green glitter which gave it a nice sparkle and had car and tree cookie cutters to remind us to plant trees and combine car trips to save gas.
We love using playdoh to improve fine motor skills but math access points can also be addressed when counting the shapes cut out. In addition, prewriting skills can be addressed when making letters with the playdough.
Something we can recycle and ever so much fun to crumple and wave around.
It also makes noise as it is played with, adding a nice auditory component!
Our sensory bottles helped us discuss global warming. One bottle was filled with clear hair gel and some foam shapes. The foam shapes don’t move around the gel—it looks just like solid ice, and thats how we want our ice caps to remain! The other bottle was filled with hand sanitizer, clear marbles, and some more foam shapes. The foam shapes and marbles move around in the hand sanitizer, just like melting ice.
They made a really cool visual comparison.
Next we made some clean mud. We tore up a roll of toilet paper (from the dollar store) and sprinkled in a bar of grated soap (from the dollar store). Tearing up the paper help address bilateral coordination.
We added a cup of warm water—eye hand coordination and measurement!
others absolutely did not!
Breeze lotion to remind us of
our beautiful earth.
Fine Motor Group—Earth Day
We read Cara’s book, again using the stuffed globe as a prop.
Everybody got a chance to stir the mixture—-and we watched as the glue and shaving cream mixture turned green!
A fun way to address science access points.
For our students who were unable to tolerate the paint on their palms (tactile defensiveness), Joy adapted the activity by painting her own hand and placed the students hand on top to help make the print.
It will be even cooler when it dries because our mixture dries just like puffy paint. The raised texture will also make it perfect for our student with a visual impairment to explore.
On Thursday, after reading Cara’s book again, we made Recycle Man!
Of course we counted everything as we put it on but we also described the position (ex. on top, under) to address more access points and spatial relationships.
As our Recycle Man is on a vertical surface, shoulder stability is addressed items are placed.
We chose which cap to use as a
And used them to make arms and legs
Isn’t he awesome!
Hope you had fun celebrating Earth Day with us this week. Join us again Group by Group!.