Our school district read enough books to meet the Million Book Challenge—-how cool is that! The elementary department celebrated this accomplishment by having a storybook parade. Of course we had to add to the fun and centered our groups around story books this week. Some of our teachers dressed up as their favorite book characters and we themed our sensory group boxes around them. The fine motor group made some cute animal book character art projects and the language group made their OWN book about the parade!
The science access point recognize one or more external body parts can be addressed here. The language access points select a familiar object to explore and explore and interact with the selected object is also addressed with this activity.
Comparing BIG and LITTLE was the theme of our Alice in Wonderland box. There were 2 cups, 2 spoons, and 2 play food cupcakes to find in the tea leaves. The students really had a great time with this box, it was a real hit. To add to the fun the big cupcake squeaked when squeezed!
Recognize differences in sizes of objects is a math access point.
The science access point recognize a change in an object is addressed as the cookie cutters make impressions in the sand.
Track the movement of objects that are pushed or pulled is the science access point addressed here.
A pumpkin was turned into a carriage by a fairy godmother in Cinderella so we used Bath and Bodyworks cinnamon pumpkin for our scent this week. A pumpkin shaped bath scrubber was included in our water play and was great for rubbing oobleck off hands! Our students loved the matching scented lotion—–leaving them smelling like sweet little pumpkins 🙂
Recognize and respond to different types of sensory stimuli is a science access point.
FINE MOTOR GROUP
On Tuesday we made the cutest little llama art project! We started by looking at the llama shape (cut from poster board using this template:Llama ) and then counting out how many we needed.
Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.
Then we cut a length of yarn using the adaptive tabletop scissors and wrapped it around the llama counting how many wraps it took until we ran out of yarn. After the end was taped off, we asked the students if they “were done” or “wanted more” using communication symbols.
In addition to bilateral coordination, this activity also addresses the math access points indicate desire for more or no more of an action or object.
On Thursday we made Babe the Blue Ox out of a paper plate and this template:Babe the Blue Ox
First we discussed the shape of our plates and counted out how many we needed. Then we talked about the color of our paint and asked the students to identify the color blue using communication symbols.
The math access point recognize an object with a 2 dimensional shape and the science access point identify objects by one observable property, such as color are both addressed here.
Recognize a change in an object and recognize one or more external body parts are science access points addressed here.
Since some of our teachers got to dress up as characters in our book, we wanted our students to be able to join in the fun!
On an All-Turn-It spinner, we put pictures of 7 different storybooks. For our books and props we used a Wizard of Oz hat, Dr. Suess hat, Alice in Wonderland cheshire cat ears, Fancy Nancy feather boa, Cinderella inflatable pumpkin, Peter Pan Captain Hook hook, and a Paul Bunyan ax.
Our students each took turns activating the All-Turn-It spinner to see which book they landed on.
Once they landed on a book, they were given 2 choices of what prop might go with the book asked them to choose the correct prop. We gave our students a clue by saying things like, “Would Fancy Nancy have this fancy boa or an ax?” and most of them were able to figure out which prop was the right one.
Be sure and join us again for more fun and learning Group by Group!