IMG_8025This week our theme is ENERGY which compliments the Unique Curriculum unit which some of our students are studying this month. The sensory group explored boxes related to different forms of energy. The fine motor group made art projects with boats and buses and the language group experimented with wind power. It was a really interesting unit that the students really enjoyed!






IMG_7851IMG_8216The base of this box was green paper shred because we all want to be “green” when using energy 🙂 There were lots of fun items to discover in the box—–from little vehicles to foods that WE need for energy! We also included some money because the energy that we use costs money to produce. A little something interesting for everyone in this box!

The science access point recognize a model of a real object is addressed here.



IMG_7843IMG_7977Ethanol is made from corn and it is used as fuel for transportation. We put 3 cars for our students to find AND count in this box filled with corn kernels.

IMG_7892Associate quantities with number names is a math access point. The cars are different colors, so the science access point identify objects by one observable property, such as color, can also be addressed.




IMG_7881We also get energy from the sun. Our solar energy box was beautiful yellow colored rice with 3 letter E’s to find when sifting through the grains. There was also a happy sun picture to find at the bottom of the box.

This is a perfect box to discuss the science access point recognize effects of sunlight, such as warming and giving light.








IMG_7865IMG_8228Our wind energy box was very popular with our students. We put in a little battery operated fan and a little pinwheel for our students to experiment with. There were lots of giggles as they felt the wind on their faces or used the fan to make the pinwheel spin.

The science access point recognize the change in motion of an object is addressed with this activity.






IMG_7980Coal is another substance we use to produce energy.  Black beans made for perfect little pieces of coal in this box. There was also a little train engine puzzle piece for our students to find. We found that if we gently shook the box back and forth it sounded like a chugging train—–our students thought that was pretty cool!

Recognize and respond to common sounds is a science access point.







IMG_7883Uranium is transported in a dry form called “yellow cake”. We thought this sparkly gold colored kinetic sand would make a good stand in for it—-and of course gave us another opportunity to use kinetic sand which we would NEVER pass up 🙂  We put in a letter “E” cookie cutter for stamping fun.

The science access point apply a push to move an object is addressed is such a fun way with this activity!







IMG_7938IMG_8258Water wheels are so fascinating and a wonderful way to explore water power. The students had a blast scooping up water and watching the wheel spin around. This was so much fun!

The science access point recognize one way people use water is addressed here.






IMG_8074We explored a lot of scents this week. First we scented our water with Bath and Bodyworks dancing waters bath gel and then we used the matching lotion—–addressing the science access point recognize external body parts.

This was a really nice scent that our students really liked!






IMG_8062IMG_8271On the other hand, our OIL and GASOLINE scratch and sniff cards……..

IMG_8050                                                                                    not so much 🙂




IMG_8111On Tuesday we made a cute art project using some craft foam buses, photos of our cute little students as the bus drivers! Our school buses use gasoline to provide the energy they need to run.

First we discussed the shape of our paper, addressing the math access point recognize a common object with a 2 dimensional shape.

We took a big fat foam brush and made an “across” line on the paper. Recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship is another math access point.




IMG_8122IMG_8082Then we squeezed glue onto the back of the school bus, flipped it over and glued it down onto the road.

In addition to bilateral coordination, this again addresses the math access point recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship, such as up and down.





IMG_8141IMG_8180Ta Da—-

IMG_8102                                                                                        we’ve got a convoy 🙂



On Thursday for our art project with made sail boats to help us learn about wind power!

IMG_8369We started by discussing triangles and asked the students to pick colored triangles for their sails.

Recognize a common object with a 2 dimensional shape is a math access point and identify objects by one observable property, such as color is a science access point.






IMG_8373IMG_8423Then the adaptive scissors were used to trim the sides of the triangle sail—-counting each cut, of course! The the sails were glued to popsicle sticks.

Match one object to a designated space to show one-to-one correspondence is a math access point.






IMG_8448IMG_8461The students took turns putting their boats into the water while they were blown about by a hand held fan. Talk about FUN! The students were so excited and fascinated by this activity.

Recognize the effects of wind  and indicate awareness of air moving are science access points.

IMG_8402                                                                                                           TA DA!





Our language group students participated in some really fun activities and experiments that explored different types of energy.

IMG_8291IMG_8285We started by showing how wind energy works.  We used a hair dryer that was plugged into a power link so that it could be turned off and on with a switch.

We then helped our students aim the hair dryer at ping pong balls to see what would happen.  They were SO excited to see that the energy from the wind move the ping pong balls right off the table 🙂

Recognize the effects of wind is a science access point.





IMG_8322Next, we got some toy cars out and used a long piece of cardboard as a ramp for the cars to go down.  While the cars were at the top of the ramp, we told the students they had potential energy because they were not in motion.

Once our students let go of the cars and they moved down the ramp, they had kinetic energy.  The students loved seeing the cars go fast down the ramp!

Apply a push to move an object and track objects in motion are science access points.






IMG_8332Next we performed an experiment. We filled an empty water bottle up halfway with white vinegar—-after checking out the aroma first 🙂

Recognize and respond to 1 type of sensory stimuli is a science access point.








IMG_8355We funneled baking soda into a balloon—–filling it almost to the neck part. Then, we attached the opening of the balloon to the opening of the water bottle, being very careful not to spill the baking soda.  Once it was secure, we dumped the baking soda into the bottle and watched what happened.  The balloon filled up almost instantly because of the reaction!

We found that 2 components (baking soda and vinegar) that have lots of energy make a reaction with they are mixed.  Super cool and lots of fun!





IMG_8008What fun we had this week! We are out for spring break next week, but we will be back after that for more fun Group by Group!

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