In fourteen hundred and ninety-two Columbus sailed the ocean blue! October 13 was Columbus Day and we spent the week learning a little bit more about the famous explorer. Our sensory group explored a variety of boxes including some colorful ocean blue play dough. The fine motor group made some sparkly crowns and the language group played a Columbus Day game—-what fun! All our activities addressed the social studies access point associate a celebration with an event.
Italy is the country that Christopher Columbus comes from! There were 2 letter C’s—-for Christopher Columbus—– to find and a picture of Columbus hidden beneath the rice.
The social studies access point recognize a person in a story can be addressed in this activity.
Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain helped fund the trip. This box had red and yellow rice—-the colors of the Spanish flag. As the students explored the rice there were some compasses to find and a picture of the royal couple at the bottom of the box. This bright colorful rice certainly invited exploration!
Recognize pictures or artifacts that relate to important people or events is an access point that can be addressed in this activity.
Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand used gold and jewels to help pay for voyage. We didn’t have any real gold but this box filled with gold mardi gras beads made a great stand in——bright, sparkly, and touchable 🙂 Our students loved wearing them or grabbing handfuls and shaking them. Total fun!
The colorful jewels looked so pretty floating around. A great way to track objects in motion—-a science access point.
Recognize a common object with a two-dimensional shape is a math access point. Since the play dough can be rolled into a ball the math access point recognize a common 3 dimensional object can also be addressed.
Columbus landed on the sandy shores of the Bahamas. We used some kinetic sand for our sandy shore and believe us when we say that this stuff is TOTALLY cool! It is kind of like this dry oobleck——adults and children were totally mesmerized.
The science access point track the movement of objects that are pushed or pulled can be addressed here.
We are SO getting more of this stuff 🙂
One of the things Columbus was hoping to find was a trade route for spices from the orient! To add a little “spice” to our oobleck we added some oregano flakes. So ok, oregano is technically an herb but it was what we had and it made the oobleck very aromatic 🙂
Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is a science access point that can be addressed here. The science access point recognize and respond to one type of sensory stimuli, in this case smell, can also be addressed.
Recognize water as a liquid is a science access point.
Recognize one or more external body parts is a science access point.
FINE MOTOR GROUP
On Tuesday for our art project we made some cute little sailing ships! We started by asking the students to use communication symbols to choose a color for their ship sails. Then they used adaptive scissors to cut construction paper into rectangular shapes—–1 big and 1 little.
Recognize differences in size of objects is a math access point. The science access point recognize that the appearance of an object or material has changed is also addressed.
The sails were threaded (little slits were cut into the rectangles) onto a straw——with a little triangle flag already attached! Our students needed a little help with this part but it was a great activity for practicing pincer grasp and bilateral coordination skills.
We used some black and brown paper plates folded in half to make the boat. These plates were leftovers from other projects—-it was nice to use them up! The straw mast was slipped through a hole snipped into the middle of the plate and stapled into place.
Our Thursday art project was a pretty quick one—–the students made some fun paper crowns. We found this silver and gold bulletin board trim on the give-away table and knew it would be perfect for our project!
Recognize that pushing and pulling a object—-in this case the scissors handle—-makes it move is a science access point.
The math access points indicate desire for more of an action or object and indicate desire for no more of an action or object are addressed here.
Each of our students took turns playing the game. They used the All-Turn-It to see how many places they would move forward. We only used numbers 1-3 on the spinner. Once they landed on a number, they moved the ship that many places. Of course, we all counted out loud how many places the ship moved.