This 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!
The 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.
Associate 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.
We 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.
Our 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.
Coal 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.
Uranium 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!
The science access point recognize one way people use water is addressed here.
We 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!
FINE MOTOR GROUP
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.
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.
On Thursday for our art project with made sail boats to help us learn about wind power!
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.
Match one object to a designated space to show one-to-one correspondence is a math access point.
Recognize the effects of wind and indicate awareness of air moving are science access points.
Our language group students participated in some really fun activities and experiments that explored different types of energy.
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.
Next, 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.
Recognize and respond to 1 type of sensory stimuli is a science access point.
We 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!