March After Party

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IMG_9384Each week after the weekly blog featuring activities in the elementary department is posted, our sensory cart is parked in the media center where it is available for check out by the rest of the school.

IMG_9962This post has photos of our middle and high school students enjoying books and activities from some of our March themes.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7819IMG_8497We started the month by heading to Texas! The students loved looking at the big bright stars of our Big Texas umbrella while listening to some toe tapping music recorded on our voice output device……

 

 

 

IMG_7837                  “the stars at night are big and bright—deep in the heart of Texas”!

 

 

 

 

IMG_7830IMG_8530The students enjoyed exploring the different boxes and items related to economics of the state, such as livestock, mineral, and OIL!

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_9380Energy was the theme of the next unit. The students had a blast exploring the boxes related to different forms of energy. They especially enjoyed exploring water power with the water wheel…….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_9317…..and were fascinated by our gold kinetic sand (our stand in for uranium).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_9362IMG_9338They also had fun finding different objects that use energy.

We included some interesting aromas with these oil and gasoline  scratch and sniff cards!

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_9314IMG_9329The hit of this unit was the wind power box……..

IMG_9379…….either feeling the air on their own skin or using it to power the pinwheel!

 

 

IMG_9396IMG_9406The students had a great time learning about Ireland in our next unit. They counted how many teaspoons of tea it took to fill teacups.

IMG_9424                                                                      What concentration!

 

 

IMG_9399IMG_9986They had fun cutting shamrocks out of the Bubber

IMG_9963                                           and finding a map of Ireland under potato flakes.

 

 

 

IMG_9956IMG_9410White oobleck had green and orange glitter represented the colors of the Irish flag…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_9426and hands were rinsed in water filled with boats and fish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_9415IMG_9968Irish music was recorded on a voice output device—-making everyone, including teachers want to dance 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_9402The students made their own Irish castles out of moonsand……

 

IMG_9430…..and found places of interest on a map of Dublin!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe  hats were a really hit,

IMG_9960                                                      our leprechauns had a blast with them!

 

IMG_9987IMG_9974Erin go bragh!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_0011IMG_0005Our final unit in March was a welcome to spring with the theme of Plants. The students planted seeds and searched for a plant eating groundhog in our coffee ground garden.

 

IMG_0594We have some future farmers here 🙂

 

 

IMG_0006IMG_0613They enjoyed experimenting with different containers that hold liquids…….

IMG_0585…..and discovering some cool lighted flowers floating in the water!

 

 

 

IMG_0600IMG_0008The different plant parts were discussed while sorting leaves and flowers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_9999Making play dough flowers was lots of fun and a great opportunity to make patterns, discuss concepts of same and different—-as well as strengthen hand skills!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_0589The lotion scent for this unit was Plumeria—-a sweet floral scent that the students enjoyed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_0002IMG_0616The students loved our “chlorophyl”  oobleck whose fabulous green color was made with green apple scented koolaid—-

 

 

 

 

IMG_0670                                                  which left fingers a little green also 🙂

 

 

IMG_0662It was a great unit—–especially when enjoyed with friends!

 

About jd785

Joy (Occupational Therapist), Cara (Speech Therapist) and Jeannie (Teacher) work with students who have significant intellectual differences. We look for ways to provide multi-sensory learning experiences to enable our students to improve their literacy, fine motor, and communication skills.

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