Each 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.
This post has photos of our middle and high school students enjoying books and activities from some of our March themes.
We 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……
“the stars at night are big and bright—deep in the heart of Texas”!
The students enjoyed exploring the different boxes and items related to economics of the state, such as livestock, mineral, and OIL!
Energy 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…….
…..and were fascinated by our gold kinetic sand (our stand in for uranium).
They also had fun finding different objects that use energy.
We included some interesting aromas with these oil and gasoline scratch and sniff cards!
The hit of this unit was the wind power box……..
…….either feeling the air on their own skin or using it to power the pinwheel!
The students had a great time learning about Ireland in our next unit. They counted how many teaspoons of tea it took to fill teacups.
They had fun cutting shamrocks out of the Bubber
and finding a map of Ireland under potato flakes.
White oobleck had green and orange glitter represented the colors of the Irish flag…..
and hands were rinsed in water filled with boats and fish.
Irish music was recorded on a voice output device—-making everyone, including teachers want to dance 🙂
The students made their own Irish castles out of moonsand……
…..and found places of interest on a map of Dublin!
The hats were a really hit,
our leprechauns had a blast with them!
Erin go bragh!
Our 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.
We have some future farmers here 🙂
They enjoyed experimenting with different containers that hold liquids…….
…..and discovering some cool lighted flowers floating in the water!
The different plant parts were discussed while sorting leaves and flowers.
Making 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!
The lotion scent for this unit was Plumeria—-a sweet floral scent that the students enjoyed.
The students loved our “chlorophyl” oobleck whose fabulous green color was made with green apple scented koolaid—-
which left fingers a little green also 🙂
It was a great unit—–especially when enjoyed with friends!