The Wizard of Oz


IMG_8572We’re off to see the Wizard! We’re celebrating literacy at our school so what better theme for us than this american classic.  All our groups were so much fun and EVERYONE loved this week’s book—-be sure to take a look at it! Our sensory group boxes were filled with the bright colors we associate with Oz. The fine motor group practiced cutting and painting with Emerald City art projects.  The language group did a really cool experiment with the colors of the rainbow.




IMG_3595IMG_3529This first box was filled with bright eye catching yellow basket filler and lots of fun things to discover. We included some Oz character dolls, Kansas sunflowers, poppies, monkeys, horses, and yellow Duplo blocks—–the Land of Oz in a fantastic little box! We also included a magical wand and slinky rainbow that were very popular with the students.

IMG_8577Recognize that pulling or pushing an object makes it move is a science access point that can be addressed with some of the items in this box. In addition, the language access point explore and interact with the functions of a selected object is addressed.



IMG_3585IMG_3668We drew a brick pattern on piece of yellow paper and taped it to the bottom of our emerald green rice box—–voila a yellow brick road. As the students pulled or pushed their fingers through the rice they made their own roads! We also included some small Oz figures to discover and ease on down the roads created.

The science access point apply a push to move an object is addressed here.





IMG_3482Properties of matter were explored with this box—-it contained soft pompoms like the Cowardly Lion’s mane and hard, silver Tin Man beads. The students had fun sorting, counting, touching, shaking, touching—–wearing!

Match objects by an observable property, such as size, shape, and color is a science access point addressed. The math access point recognize objects that are the same size or color can also be addressed.





IMG_3534Time to go over the rainbow with this box! Our students always enjoy these fat fluffy chenille stems. Not only are they bright and colorful but they can also be bent into a variety of shapes—–including rainbows 🙂

The science access point identify objects by one observable property, such as color, can be addressed here. Since the stems are different sizes, the math access point recognize length of real objects, such as big, little, long, or short can also be addressed.






IMG_3610One of our favorite scenes from the Wizard of Oz movie is the scene where the Good Witch floats in on a giant bubble. So…. our bubbles weren’t quite so giant but they were still pretty magical!

The science access point track objects in motion is addressed here.







IMG_3683Track objects in motion is again addressed in this super cool discovery bottle—–which came complete with tiny ruby slippers. Green hair gel and glitter made this bottle totally Oz worthy.







IMG_3496IMG_8582-2With the addition of green food coloring and glitter, plain oobleck becomes Emerald City oobleck! Pretty and colorful, very irresistible 🙂

The science access point track the movement of objects that are pushed or pulled is addressed here.




IMG_8553Messy hands were rinsed in Bath and Bodyworks candy apple scented water—–our nod to the Lollipop Guild Munchkins 🙂 We included 2 different size measuring cups for lots of scooping fun.

Recognize differences in sizes of containers that hold liquids (capacity) is a math access point addressed.






IMG_3736IMG_3567The group finished with Bath and Bodyworks sunflower scent. Sunflowers are the state flower of Kansas, where Dorothy came from! This proved to be a very popular scent which our students really liked.

The science access point use senses to recognize and respond to different types of sensory stimuli, in this case touch and smell, is addressed in this activity.






We had some really fun art projects this week. On Tuesday the students made some colorful horses! Here is the link to the template:Horse of different colors

IMG_3752IMG_3769After they chose which color paper they wanted and discussing it’s shape, we counted the number of cuts we needed to make with our paper cutter——2.

Math access points associate quantitates with number names and recognize common objects with 2 dimensional shapes.




IMG_3776IMG_3798Once everyone had finished cutting we mixed all the pieces up and let the students put the horses back together with crazy mixed up colors! Most of the students are still learning how to complete all the steps of gluing and especially need help with the “flipping over” part of the process.

After we finished gluing the pieces down we counted them—–of course 🙂

The math access point recognize the next step in a simple pattern or sequence of activities is addressed here. The math access point associate quantities with number names is again addressed.


IMG_3789TA DA—–a Horse of a Different Color 🙂









IMG_3966On Thursday we worked on a group project. Toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls were pre glued together to make a city scape.

First we discussed the color of the paint and asked the students to identify “green” using communication symbols.

The science access point identify objects by one observable property, in this case color, is addressed here.





IMG_3988IMG_4001The students took turns painting the city, then we added some green glitter—-we never pass up the chance to add glitter to a project!

Recognize a change in an object is the science access point addressed here.






Joy drew some of the characters from the book and our fabulous volunteer Rachel colored them for us. We added student faces and then glued them to extra toilet paper rolls. The students got a big kick seeing themselves in character! Here are the templates for the figures: Wizard of Oz Characters

IMG_4006                                                                          TA DA—-the merry old land of Oz!




We went over the rainbow in our language group and carried out an experiment using different colors.  A lot of the focus of this activity is on following directions.  This is also a great experiment to ask “what will happen?” This activity addresses the science access point assist with investigations with a partner.

IMG_3865First, we got out a plate with a rim around it and poured enough milk in it to fill the bottom.  In order to let our students help us with this step, we poured the milk into a small paper cup and they poured it SLOWLY onto the plate.  We went over what might happen if we poured it too fast 🙂

They did a great job—–no spills!





IMG_3877Next, we went around to some of our students and they got to choose which color of food coloring they wanted us to add to the milk.

We put 2 drops of each color into different areas of the milk.






IMG_3886IMG_3919We poured a little bit of dish soap into a cup and put one end of a Q-tip in the soap.

This is the best time to ask “what will happen?” to prompt if the students think there will be a change or not when the Q-tip touches the food coloring.

Put the Q-tip into the food coloring and watch the amazingness of what happens next!  It is an explosion of color that neither the students nor the adults could take their eyes off of!


IMG_3901                                                   This was just the COOLEST thing EVER!!!!



IMG_3928For our students with vision impairments, we turned off the lights after our experiment and used a light box with different colored plexi blocks on top to help them see the different colors.  All of our students wanted to see, though, so we went around the room so everyone could look 🙂





Well that wraps up another fantastic week! We hope you enjoyed reading about our trip over the rainbow.

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