October is Native American Heritage month and we enjoyed learning about a lot of different tribes in our Sensory and Fine Motor Groups. Our Language Group looked at words starting with the letter M.
Sensory Group—Native American Heritage
We started by reading Cara’s book and used the voice output device for the repetitive line. Our students really enjoyed all the pictures she found this week and they are getting so good at activating the voice output device.
This activity addresses the language access points of attending to familiar print forms and responding to a technology resource.
…..perfectly illustrated in this awesome picture—don’t you think!
Different kinds of beans were a part of the diet of
the Apalachee, Cheyenne, and Cherokee tribes.
We used our mixed beans to represent some of
the different beans they ate.
We also put in the letters N and A.
Some of our students spent time examining
the letters—others dived in with both hands 🙂
Tactile discrimination skills are addressed
when sifting through the beans.
This box of colorful feathers was great fun to sift through. Our students also enjoyed picking them up and watching them drift down. Some also loved the feel of them stroking their face.
We had so much fun with this box….how can you go wrong with a box full of feathers after all! We have to admit they were a little messy and we did manage to leave a bunch of little pieces behind in each class 🙂
This box addresses the science access point of tracking a falling object. It also addresses the science access point of recognizing and responding to sensory stimuli.
americans. The Comanchee tribe hunted
buffalo. The Navaho raised sheep.
The Arapaho wore buckskin clothing.
We used our pieces of fake fur, sheepskin
and deerskin to represent these animals.
This addresses American History access
point of identifying practices of Native
Americans. It also addresses the
science access point of using senses
(touch) to recognize objects.
Some raffia became our “swamp grass” like baskets made by the Chinook. We put in some picture cards of sheep that the Navaho raised and horses that the Comanche rode.
There was a toy buffalo–they were hunted by the Blackfoot and Cheyenne tribes. We found a little tipi like the ones the Sioux and Arapaho used (and we learned that not all native americans lived in tipis). The Seminoles are known for their beautiful patchwork so we had to include a piece of patchwork fabric that resembled their work.
preferences to the different items. We were
really excited when the student in the above
picture correctly oriented the word “family”
demonstrating his awareness of the concept
of print and how it is organized.
Other students, such as the one on the right
loved the native american music we
recorded on a voice output device placed in
Our red playdough (made using cherry koolaid) looked just like the adobe that the Pueblo made into houses. There were some cookie cutters available but a lot of our students just loved to feel the playdough squish between their fingers 🙂
Playing with the playdough is great for strengthening hand intrinsics.
As we discuss the adobe houses of the Pueblo we are addressing the american history access point of recognizing that people live together in the same location (settlement).
(eaten by the Yokuts) and beads (used by
the Wampanoag, Cherokee, and Kiowa
Of course these were fun to shake and
By comparing the different sounds the
bottles made when shaken we
addressed the science access point of
recognizing and responding to
Native americans have rich oral tradition and many of their tales are still told around campfires. By adding red and yellow food coloring to our shaving cream we made colors that looked like the flames in a campfire.
So much fun to squish around!
Looking at how the shaving cream changed as the colors are mixed addresses the science access point of recognizing that the appearance of an object or material has changed.
that we thought the Juniper Breeze scent from
Bath and Body Works was the appropriate
scent in which to rinse our hands.
As students wash the shaving cream from
their hands and apply the lotion, they are building body
awareness and improving bilateral functions.
Fine Motor Group—Native American Heritage
On Tuesday, after reading Cara’s book and learning about Native American heritage, we discussed how drums are often used in native american music. So today, for our art project, we are going to make our own drums.
First we counted out 6 tan rectangles. We ran fingers down and counted each side to help reinforce the concept of the 4 sides of the rectangle.
This addresses the math access point of recognizing the sides of a rectangle.
Then we stamped a variety of animals and plants onto our rectangles, addressing eye hand coordination.
Hand intrinsic functions are addressed when
applying tape to the paper.
This was a GREAT activity!
On Thursday, after reading Cara’s book again we made totem poles, like the Tlinglit tribe.
students made their choice from a selection 3 colors.
Our picture cards are so helpful for reinforcing color
concepts and also for building communication
This is great for practicing manipulating writing utensils by scribbling or drawing (depending on skill level) with markers.
Then we began attaching premade eyes, noses, mouths and wings. We emphasized the placement of the different parts ex. the eyes go on top, the mouth at the bottom.
We helped our students squeeze the glue and encouraged them to place their pieces on the glue. This activity addresses eye hand coordination and spatial relations.
It also addresses the math access point of matching objects to a designated space to show one to one correspondence.
We think they look awesome 🙂
We had so much fun counting the boxes as we stacked them (using double stick tape). Everyone got excited as it got higher and
It really looks great outside of Jeannie’s classroom.
Language Group—Letter M
We started by playing with this cute little Monkey. He laughed and rolled around when our students made noise so it was perfect for everyone including our students with physical or visual impairments.
We loved seeing our students reactions, everyone ended up with a smile on their face 🙂
This activity addresses the science access point of recognizing and responding to sensory stimuli.
Eye hand coordination is addressed as
the students place the coins in the slot.
Math concepts are addressed as the
coins are counted.
Lots of cool sounds starting with the letter M!
Ms. Thea who has finished her internship
in Robins room.
Of course we Munched on some yummy food,
including these crackers that have letters
of the alphabet—-so cool!
We will really Miss you 😦
We had so Much fun today!
Join us again next time,
for lots more fun
Group by Group 🙂