FAILTE (welcome)—-we explored the beautiful country of Ireland this week! The sensory group enjoyed the colorful textures and scents of the country. Art projects using the color green were made in the fine motor group. The language group enjoyed another cooking project—-this time potatoes!
White, green, and orange paper shred—-the colors of the Irish flag—-made up the base of this box. There were lots of fun “Irish” things to find including a puffins, sheep, and a map of Dublin. We put in a cute little vampire finger puppet in honor of Bram Stoker who lived in Ireland and wrote the story of Dracula. There were also a leprechaun hat and lots of shamrocks—of course! Irish music was recorded on a voice output device which made the box even more fun 🙂
The tea had a fabulous aroma also!
Filling the tea cups was a great opportunity to address the math access point solve problems involving small quantities of objects or actions using language, such as enough, too much, or more.
All the little turrets could be counted addressing the math access point associate quantitates with number names.
Potatoes were an important crop in Ireland and are still enjoyed with meals today. We sprinkled some confetti in with our potato flakes. There were little shamrocks and pictures of Irish dancers to find and count. A colorful map of Ireland could also be found at the bottom of the box.
In addition to visual and tactile discrimination, this activity addresses the science access point recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move.
The science access points apply a push to move an object and recognize that the appearance of an object or material has changed are addressed here.
We added green and orange glitter to our white oobleck this week—-the colors in the Irish flag. The green represents the catholic faith and the orange represents the protestant faith. The white represents the peace between them.
As students intreat with the oobleck they are exploring the science access point recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move.
Since Ireland is an island there are lots of fishing boats to be found. We put in a little boat to sail around out water play basin this week. There was also a little fish to swim in the water—-and squirt tourists 🙂 Our spray bottle also provided a misty rain—-and LOTS of giggles!
Our little leprechauns were all pretty happy with the scent and as usual, we asked the students to indicate whether they liked the scent and where they would like it applied, addressing the science access point recognize one or more external body parts.
FINE MOTOR GROUP
The science access point recognize a change in an object is addressed here. The math access point recognize common objects with 2 dimensional shapes is also addressed.
Recognize differences in size of objects is a math access point.
Identify common classroom objects by one observable property, such as color is a science access point.
Then the students painted a mixture of watered down glue and green paint onto a white rectangle. Of course, we discussed the shape of the paper—-addressing the math access point recognize common objects with 2 dimensional shapes again.
Recognize a change in an object is the science access point addressed in this activity.
The students placed 1 shamrock onto their paper then we asked them to communicate if they were “all done” or wanted to add “1 more”. The shamrocks were made by tearing apart a shamrock garland found on the give away table—-so we really went green in more ways than one in this activity 🙂
The math access points indicate desire for more or no more of an action or object are addressed here.
We finished the project by adding a dash of green glitter!
We made instant mashed potatoes in the language group. Although there was an Irish potato famine in the 1800s, there was not an absence of potatoes today.
We used this recipe to make our potatoes: Let’s Make Instant Mashed Potatoes. After mixing the first few ingredients, we looked at how the butter we used was solid. After putting the ingredients in the microwave, we observed what the butter looked like and saw that it had turned into a liquid!
Identify objects as solid or liquid is a science access point.
Recognize that the appearance of an object or material has changed is a science access point.
Once the mashed potatoes were finished, our students got to choose a topping: cheese, bacon bits, and butter were their options. For our students with visual impairments, we used the real objects rather than pictures.
Communicate a preference for objects in daily activities is a language access point.
Join us again next time for more fun and learning—– Group by Group!