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IMG_7606We saw on a calendar that March 2 is Texas Independence Day so what a great time to find out more about the lone star state! Our sensory group explored boxes filled with colors and textures found in the state. The fine motor group made some Texas size art projects and the language group cooked tex-mex style! It was BIG fun—-just like Texas 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

IMG_726620150303_102718_resizedTexas is a big state so we decorated a really BIG umbrella this week. Along with twinkly stars we hung some plastic bats since Texas has more different species of bats than any other state—how cool is that! To go along with the umbrella we recorded that toe tapping ditty—-“The stars at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas”—- on our voice output device. This was a hit!

20150303_102749_resizedThe science access points recognize sources of light and match animals that are the same are science access points that can be addressed here.

 

 

IMG_7316Chili is the state dish of Texas so our next box was filled with a variety of “chili” beans and 2 play food peppers for the students to find. A fun box to dive into and explore!

The math access point associate quantities with number names is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

20150303_101624_resizedThe Texas flag has the colors red, white, and blue—-just like our rice! Texas is known as the “lone star” state because it has one white star on it’s flag. There were 2 cookie cutters to find in this box but only 1 matched the white star on the flag at the bottom.

The science access point match objects by an observable property, such as size, shape, and color can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7319IMG_7228In this hay filled box were a lot of items associated with farms and industries found in the state. Included  were horses, cows, and sheep. A little airplane representing Lockheed Martin and an astronaut for the NASA space center in Houston. Of course we included a couple of cowboys and a little cowboy hat!

IMG_7197Recognize models of real objects is the science access point addressed here.

 

 

 

20150303_102218_resizedBlue is in the state flag and also in the state flower: blue bonnet and state gemstone: blue topaz. In our blue moon sand we put a cowboy hat and cowboy boot—-2 other symbols associated with Texas!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7292IMG_7477We made 2 discovery bottles this week. The first one was filled with sand, glitter, and blue rocks representing blue topaz. The students really loved watching the rocks tumble around as the bottle was turned.

The other bottle represented the petroleum industry in Texas which is the worlds 4th largest producer—-WOW! We made this bottle by mixing a little black food coloring with water and filling the rest of the bottle with cooking oil. Since the oil and water don’t mix this turned out REALLY cool looking!

Track objects in motion is the science access point addressed here.

 

 

 

IMG_7200We brought back floam again this week but this time it was PINK—–like the state capitol building in Austin which is is made from a pink looking granite! The students were encouraged to build their own versions of the capitol building using the floam and building block accessories.

The science access point recognize a change in an object is addressed in this activity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7352Our water play was scented with cotton scented Bath and Bodyworks bath gel—–Texas is the largest cotton producing state! We added a big measuring cup and a big measuring spoon for BIG scooping fun 🙂

Recognize differences is sizes of containers that hold liquids is a math access point.

Of course we finished with the matching scent to help us remember all the fun things we learned about Texas!

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

IMG_7391On Tuesday we made a big texas longhorn art project! We started by identifying the number 2 since we were going to count to 2 a lot with this art project.

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7403IMG_7409Then we worked on bilateral coordination skills by rolling and twisting 2 pieces of white paper into long tubes. We had some of that large old computer paper—-perfect for this project! Our students needed help with this but they did a really great job of staying focused.

We used the electric stapler to attach them to our steer head (prepared by our volunteer Olivia). Here is the template for the steer head: Steer head

Recognize length of real objects such as big or long is the math access point addressed here.

 

 

 

IMG_7448The students glued their steer heads down onto a big rectangular piece of paper. Then we put 2 glue dots on and asked the students to place their googlie eyes on top——addressing the math access point use one-to-one correspondence to identify sets of objects with the same amount to 2.

This is also a great activity for practicing pincer grasp skills!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7423IMG_7466TA yippee yi yo kiyay DA——

IMG_7459                                                                  check out the herd!

 

 

 

On Thursday we used bubble wrap to stamp blue bonnet flowers.

IMG_7661We discussed the colors of the paint we were going to use today—-blue and green—-and asked the students to use the communication symbols to identify the colors.

Identify objects by one observable property, such as color is a science access point.

The rectangular shape of our paper was also discussed——addressing the math access point recognize a 2 dimensional shape.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7665We started by brushing strokes of green paint on the paper to make the blue bonnet stems.

The science access point recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7707Then a bubble wrapped scrubber sponge was dipped in blue paint. The students were encouraged to stamp in an up and down motion rather than a brushing motion.

The math access point recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship, such as up and down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7691IMG_7711Ta Da—-some perfectly lovely blue bonnets.

IMG_7734                                                                                         Just beautiful!

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

This week we made Texas Chili con Queso!  We had our lovely sous chef students to help us out with following the directions.  Here is a link to the recipe book: Let’s Make Texas Chili Con Queso

IMG_7588First we got out all of our ingredients——this recipe only has 4: Velveeta cheese, diced tomatoes, canned chili, and tortilla chips.

Our students got to help us open the cans by pressing a switch that was hooked up to the electric can opener.  They love hearing the wirring sound that is caused by activating the switch 🙂

Activate a device that uses electricity is a science access point.

 

 

 

IMG_7593IMG_7621They took turns POURING ingredients into the bowl.  Once the cheese, tomatoes, and chili were in the bowl, we microwaved it for 2 minutes.  While our students waited, they got to try on some straw cowboy hats.  FUN!

Once the 2 minutes was up, our students took turns STIRRING the ingredients together.

 

 

 

 

IMG_7638We found that everything wasn’t quite melted together, so we put it back in for 2 more minutes.  While waiting this time, we turned out the lights and got out the black umbrella so they could experience what it would be like at night on the Texas prairie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7657Once our dip was all done, it was time to eat!  We got pretty good reviews from our students—–YUM!

What a super week, we all enjoyed learning more about the big state of Texas! Join us again for more fun and learning—–Group by Group!

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