School Rules—-something that’s always reviewed at the beginning of every school year and a perfect theme for this week. All of our activities this week focused on learning school rules and our students had a blast!
Read along to see all the fun we had.
Since we were learning about school rules this week, we HAD to include our blue and yellow rice—–our school colors! In addition to a picture of a teacher at the bottom of the box we included our school’s initials.
As the students moved the letters around the rice they addressed the science access point track the movement of objects that are pushed or pulled.
The science access point recognize and respond to one type of sensory stimuli is addressed here.
This activity was a really fun way to address the science access points track objects that fall to the ground and recognize one or more external body parts.
Taking turns—-another school rule—-was encouraged with two different massagers. The fluffy one needed constant pressure to make it vibrate while the little dog is turned on/off by pressing the little button on his nose.
Sometimes “playing quietly” is a rule so this box had some toys that were noisy and some that were quiet. The students really loved touching and twisting the fat fluffy chenille stems—–a perfect quiet toy! Our noisy toys included a hand clapper and jingle shaker—–perfect for noisy fun 🙂
Recognize objects that create sounds is a science access point.
Shaving cream is pretty messy stuff so keeping your hands to yourself is an important rule to remember when playing with it! Our students did a pretty good job following this rule—-and as usual, had a blast!
Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is a science access point addressed here.
We thought that making sure that the funnel was held OVER the basin while pouring water through it was a pretty good example of using equipment safely! Whether watching the water flow through the funnel or just rinsing hands in the water our students really enjoyed themselves.
Explore, observe, and recognize common objects in the natural world is a science access point that can be addressed in this activity.
Recognize one or more external body parts is a science access point addressed as the lotion is applied.
FINE MOTOR GROUP
We started by discussing the color of our paper and asking the students to show us the color purple using the communication symbols. They all correctly identified the color—–our students totally ROCK 🙂
Identify objects by one observable property, such as color is a science access point.
Our more physically challenged students used switch operated scissors, which they always have fun using.
Recognize when an object is added to a situation is a math access point.
Our Wednesday fine motor group focused on the rule “keep hands down”—–literally!
Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.
Identify the sides of a square or rectangle is a math access point.
The students used a variety of markers and crayons to decorate their pictures. In addition to writing utensil practice, this part of the activity gave us lots of opportunities to ask the students to make choices, indicate more, and if they had colored enough.
The math access point solve problems involving small quantities of actions using language, such as enough, too much, or more can be addressed here.
We had SO MUCH FUN in our language group this week. We played a modified version of Simon Says using an All-Turn-It spinner so our students could indicate a command. We played this game so we could practice following directions, just like we have to follow the school rules.
Along with following directions, this was a great activity for the identification of different body parts. For our students who did not indicate the parts of the body on their own, the adults in the room would help point them out.
Recognize that the human body is made up of various parts is a science access point.