This week we blasted off into space with our Sensory and Fine Motor groups. Our Language Group looked at the letter H. It was an extra-special week for us with visitors who came from Jackson County to tour our school and see our groups.
After coming back to the classroom we read Cara’s book about space and got started on our sensory boxes.
We cut crescent and star shapes with our cookie cutters.
This addresses the math access point of recognizing objects with two dimensional shapes.
This box was filled with black beans which looked just like deep dark space. We put in an astronaut, spaceship puzzle piece, a strand of tinsel stars, star cookie cutters and a small globe. For some zodiac symbols we included a toy goat, little plush crab, bull puzzle piece—well ok, a cow, but it had horns 🙂
And how about the big footprint—almost like Neil Armstrong’s!
This box gave us lots of things to discuss, addressing the language arts access point of responding to new vocabulary.
This addresses the science access point of recognizing and responding to one type of stimuli.
Our galaxy in a bottle was also intriguing to our students. We borrowed it from Ms. Bennett.
She made it with karo syrup, food coloring, glitter and beads. The beads move around as the bottle is tilted back and forth giving opportunities for visual tracking, addressing the science access point of tracking objects in motion.
Planets are sphere shaped and that’s what we explored in this box. The beads are cube shaped so it gave us a chance to contrast them with our sphere shaped pom poms. Also the beads are hard and the pompoms are soft—other properties to compare and identify by one observable property.
One nice benefit of the foam is that it will
stick to vertical surfaces while
practicing pre-writing patterns!
We’re not sure who liked it better—the students or the staff 🙂
If you look closely you can see a picture of the planet Mars we taped to the bottom of our box.
Lavender is a fairly strong distinctive scent and was especially aromatic in the lotion.
Our students really responded to it.
Thanks Ms. Jen for the donation!
There are some number 8 (there are 8 planets in our solar system) puzzles pieces hidden in there also.
Fine Motor Group—Space
On Tuesday, after reading Cara’s book we passed out our pre-made rocket bases (made with poster board feet placed into slits in the bottom of a toilet paper roll). Besides counting them out, as we usually do, we pointed out that their shape was a cylinder addressing the math access point of recognizing a 3 dimensional shape.
EVERYBODY did such a fantastic job, we were so proud of them!
This activity addresses the math access point of recognizing a movement that reflects a spatial relationship.
We put on our paint shirts while an adult hot glued the rocket pieces together.
Then we chose which color to paint the rocket.
We gave our students 3 choices to give them practice making choices in the format of our alternate assessment.
As the students hold onto the rocket, bilateral skills are also addressed.
Our rocket needs a captain! A little
glue in just the right spot…
their picture added……
To infinity and beyond 🙂
cool lighted moon while we
listened to Cara’s book and then
made our own full moon!
and took turns stirring it…….
………until it was all
Then we counted out a
round paper plate for
each student making sure
to point out the shape of the plate.
Our students loved this stuff, its so wonderfully goopy!
The glue and shaving cream mixture dries just like puffy paint–
The science access point of recognizing
a change in an object is
Language Group—Letter H
Our Harpoon was a little Heavy, so some of our students needed Help to Hoist their catch.
We found lots of animals—- but no Hammerhead sharks.
This activity is great for building shoulder stability and eye hand coordination.
Halloween finger puppets.
When placed on fingers, these puppets help address finger individuation.
of brown construction paper.
We drew some lines as a guide
to cut along.
Some students used scissors and
others used our paper cutters.
Our strips became spikes for our
Placing the strips addresses eye hand coordination in addition to spatial
Between our visitors and
what a fabulous week!
Hope you come back,
Group by Group 🙂
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