North Carolina


IMG_3793Well it is almost time for the annual pilgrimage when many Floridians head for the cooler mountains of North Carolina 🙂 so this week we decided to learn more about that fabulous state. We would also like to give a shout out to our North Carolina friend at (a great blog you should check out) who gave us some ideas for this unit! Our sensory group explored boxes related to some very interesting facts about the state. The fine motor group made art projects related to state symbols and the language group used the official state drink to make a tasty treat!




IMG_3639This box contained tinsel and beads in the colors of the state flag—–red, white, and blue!

There were also some gold beads representing the state mineral and the state song recorded on a voice output device.

The state reptile (turtle) and tree (pine) could also be found. There was a little propeller plane for the Wright brothers, a plush black bear, a sea shell, and some of Blackbeards treasure in a discovery bottle!

The science access point recognize a model of a real object is addressed here.




IMG_3764Underneath our red, white, and blue rice was a colorful map of North Carolina. There were also 2 sets of letters N and C.

The science access points recognize common objects as the same and track falling objects can be addressed here.

The social studies access point associate a picture with a place is also addressed.







IMG_3510The North Carolina state flower is the dogwood and the state insect is the bumble bee. Yellow and black pompoms made perfect little “bumble bees” to buzz around our dogwood petals! There were 2 dishes included so the students could sort the items.

Recognize two objects that are the same size or color is a math access point.

Match objects by one observable property, such as size or color is a science access point.





IMG_3539IMG_3537Our students had a BLAST with our Wright Brothers box! Little battery operated fans spun around like the propellers those early planes—-there was also the “wind in the face” experience like those pilots had! There was a lot of vibration on those early planes so we included a little vibrating massager. Finally we included some “aviator goggles”. You can see by the smiles we had LOTS of fun with this box 🙂

IMG_3642Recognize and respond to different types of sensory stimuli is a science access point addressed here.




IMG_3503A really fun thing to do when visiting North Carolina in the fall is to go apple picking and there were 2 to pick in our box of corn (another NC crop).

Our students love dry fluids such as this corn. It feels really nice to bury hands into and searching for objects in it addresses visual and tactile discrimination.

The math access point associate quantities with number names can be addressed here.







IMG_3581IMG_3815So there is a tale about Sir Walter Raleigh that says he once pulled off his cape and spread it over a mud puddle so that Queen Elizabeth would not get her shoes dirty—–what a gentleman! Even though the story isn’t true we made some Sir Raleigh mud anyway since we certainly couldn’t pass on the opportunity to make MUD again 🙂

IMG_3522                                   Apply a push to move an object is a science access point addressed here.




IMG_3609Those muddy hands were rinsed in water as the students went fishing for trout—-the state fish! This is a great activity for improving eye hand coordination.

It also addresses the science access point recognize a model of a real object .






IMG_3673IMG_3679We used Bath and Bodyworks vanilla sugar gel in our water and then used the matching lotion to leave our students smelling like sweet, YUMMY Krispy Kreme donuts—-first served in North Carolina!

IMG_3675The science access points recognize and respond to one type of sensory stimuli, in this case scent, and recognize one or more external body parts is addressed here.





Since North Carolina is the number one producer of sweet potatoes we thought it would be a lot of fun to do an art project with them on Tuesday!

IMG_3686We started by counting the number of papers we needed and discussed their rectangular shapes. We also used communication symbols to identify the colors we were going to use—-blue and red!

Identify objects by one observable property such as color is a science access point.

Recognize objects with 2 dimensional shapes is a math access point.




IMG_3723Then we began SWEET POTATO stamping! A fork was put into the potato to make it easier to hold for our students as they stamped with UP and DOWN motions.

Recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship, such as up and down is a math access point.








IMG_3693IMG_3735TA DA!

IMG_3705                                                                                              Just fabulous!!!!!




On Thursday we made a cute little grey squirrel—-the state mammal—-for our art project! Here is the template for the squirrel which we cut out of poster board:squirrel

IMG_3935IMG_3946We started by painting a mixture of grey paint and glue. The students needed a little assistance now and then but they really did a pretty good job!

The science access point apply a push to move an object is addressed in this activity.




IMG_3956Then little pieces of yarn were sprinkled on the tail and a googlie eye was put on—–now you know why we added GLUE to the paint 🙂

We found this fuzzy chenille yarn at a thrift store and knew it would be perfect for our project. The students had a great time picking handfuls of this stuff and dropping it onto the tail. Picking up the stray pieces was a great activity for practicing pincer grasp skills.

The science access point recognize a change in an object can be addressed in this activity.




IMG_3963IMG_3975Ta DA—–better hide your peanuts!!!!!












Did you know that the state beverage for North Carolina is milk?  We decided to make milk the focus of language group for this weeks’ language group and made MILKSHAKES——-yum!!!!

IMG_3839IMG_3844To begin the group, we had our students vote on what kind of milk they wanted in their milkshake.

Their choices were  white milk, strawberry milk, and chocolate milk.  We had 2 votes for white milk, 2 votes for chocolate milk, and 3 votes for strawberry milk so we talked about which milk had the MOST votes.




IMG_3854After we confirmed that strawberry milk was the winner, our students helped us pour it into the blender.









IMG_3873Next, we got ice cream out and asked our students to predict how it would feel: COLD or HOT.  We passed the tub around to each student and let them feel how cold it was.

Some of them liked it and some definitely did not!








IMG_3875We scooped out 2 cups of ice cream and put it in the blender as well.









IMG_3886Then came the fun part!  We hooked the blender up to a power link and used a wireless switch so each of our students could turn the blender on.

They all absolutely LOVED having POWER in the palm of their hands 🙂







IMG_3912IMG_3928Finally it was time to pour the milkshake into cups.  We counted out our students and cups and poured a little bit in each.  Then our students got to choose if they wanted whipped cream and a cherry on top.

IMG_3922                                                                                     DELISH!!




IMG_3656IMG_3526Well now we really want to take that trip to North Carolina 🙂

Join us again next week for more fun and learning—–Group by Group!

5 responses »

  1. Reblogged this on Teachezwell Blog and commented:
    If you haven’t ever visited Group by Group’s blog, you’ve missed out on some amazing work with special needs kids. The projects this team creates (freely shared!) are wonderful. I am so delighted they wrote a book on North Carolina! And it would be a joy to work with these folks!

    • Thank you so much! We’re glad you enjoyed our theme this week as you were the one who made us think to do it 🙂 It is so nice to know that teachers and therapists are able to use our material in order to help their students learn and grow. You motivate us to keep this blog going! It’d be a delight to work with you as well.

      • You did a terrific job with North Carolina! Have you ever published your work with Tarheel Reader? It’s a site that would suit your work perfectly. I can give you a password to enter if you are interested. The site is public but they don’t want spammers, so the password is protected just a bit. Let me know what you think.

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