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IMG_4834We found out that German-American Day is celebrated on October 6 and thought this would be a perfect time to find out a little more about the country of Germany. Each of the sensory group boxes represented a fact about the country. The fine motor groups art projects focused on the colors of the German flag. The language group became little scientists—-just like Albert Einstein!

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

IMG_4847IMG_4860We mixed yellow rice with red and black beans to represent the colors of the German flag. Then we added a few cars to drive around the mixture, since Germany is a leading car manufacturer. There was also a map of the country to find at the bottom of the box. It was a really eye catching box!

Track the movement of objects that are pushed or pulled is a science access point.

The social studies access point recognize an example of goods can be addressed with this activity.

 

 

 

IMG_4542IMG_5028German brothers Jacob and Wilhem Grimm collected folk tales that are the basis for many of the fairy tales we know and love! Our fairy tale box was filled with a variety of characters, sparkly gold beads, and a magic wand!

IMG_4926Yep, it was magical 🙂

The science access point recognize two objects  that are identical to each other can be addressed here.

 

 

 

IMG_4888IMG_5078Germany has more zoos than any country in the world—-how cool is that! The plastic “straw” strands were really fascinating to our students but they also enjoyed exploring the other things in the box.

There were lots of animals—-some of which made noise when their buttons were pushed. We also included a little zoo keeper and a variety of food for him to feed the animals. Finally, there was a cute elephant hat that our students thought was a lot of fun 🙂

IMG_4496Recognize a model of a real object and identify basic needs of animals are science access points that can be addressed in this activity.

 

 

 

IMG_4854IMG_5074Uranium is one of Germany’s natural resources. We thought our sparkly gold kinetic sand was a good stand in for the real thing—–and a lot less radioactive 🙂  We included a letter “G” cookie cutter that was fun to push into the sand and then watch as the impression slowly filled back in!

IMG_4913Kinetic sand is a completely fun way to address the science access point track objects in motion.

 

 

 

 

IMG_4882IMG_5038Germany has LOTS of castles! So we built a few of our own using moonsand. There was a rectangular shape sorter block that the students could use to “stamp” castle walls. A little cup and spoon were included so they had the option to make a castle the old school way—-like on the beach.

IMG_4902The science access point recognize a change in an object is addressed here.

 

 

 

IMG_4835IMG_4850Germans are known for their fantastic bread! We added some poppy seeds to give our play dough a more authentic look. Not sure if we quite got the look we were going for but the students had fun anyway! The rolling pin was great for practicing bilateral coordination!

IMG_4919Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is a science access point.

 

 

 

IMG_4948IMG_5063Since oaks are a symbol of Germany, we figured Bath and Body Works oak body wash was a perfect scent for our “Rhine river” water play. Of course, we included a little boat to cruise around in!

The science access point recognize the change in motion of an object is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_4945IMG_5089We finished our group with another Bath and Body Works scent, moonlit path. We picked this because you might walk along one in a fairy tale—–ok, so work with us on this one 🙂

IMG_5093This is a great opportunity for our students to use their communication devices to tell us whether they like the scent and if they want some lotion!

The science access point recognize one or more external body parts is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday our fine motor group made German flags. This activity addresses the social studies access point associate an object, picture, or symbol with a location.

IMG_4567We started by showing the students the colors of the flag and asked them to find the color red.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_4574IMG_4765Then they used a paper cutter or switch operated scissors to cut pieces of yellow and black paper into smaller rectangles.

Recognize a change in an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_4634IMG_4597These strips were then glued onto a piece of rectangular shaped red paper.

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

 

 

 

 

IMG_4578IMG_4607Completely fabulous flags!

IMG_4656                                                                                  TA DA!

 

 

 

 

Our Wednesday art project was a nod to Levi Strauss. We used precut figures and denim “jeans” using these templates: Person-clothing template

IMG_4957We started by asking the students to glue jeans onto the legs of their figures. Some of them needed a little help with this but they really did a pretty good job of getting the jeans in the right place.

Match one object to a designated space to show one-to-one correspondence is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_4969Then the students choose which color they wanted for their t-shirt.

Their choices were red, black, or yellow—–the colors of the German flag!

Use pictures, symbols, gestures/signs, or words to communicate meaning is a language access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_4988The students did a great job painting their shirts!

Recognize that the appearance of an object or material has changed is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_4979IMG_4964After the shirts were painted, we glued them on the top and……

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5018TA DA—–we love Germany!

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

This week, our language group changed from students to little scientists in honor of Albert Einstein.  They participated in 2 different experiments that demonstrated chemical reactions.

IMG_4502In our first experiment, we got to use some test tubes.  Each of our students helped spoon some baking soda into each test tube.  We used a funnel so that we wouldn’t spill.

Then, each student got to pick a color and we squirted a couple of drops of food coloring into each test tube.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_4505Finally, our students got to pour some vinegar into the test tubes and WOW! The reaction definitely amazed our students and watching the colors bubble out was super fun.

The science access point investigate and describe that an unbalanced force acting on an object changes its speed, or direction of motion, or both is addressed with this activity.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_4510IMG_4512For the next experiment, we used a small baking pan.  Our students helped cover the bottom with a mixture of Epsom salt and baking soda.

We dissolved some citric acid in water, putting some in a squirt bottle and the rest in 2 different cups.  Then we added food coloring to each.

 

 

 

 

IMG_4527IMG_4517Our students took turns spraying the salt/baking soda mixture using the squirt bottle or medicine droppers.  We even tried squirting some lemon juice to see if the reaction was bigger.  We tried pouring some vinegar on the mixture and that caused a big reaction as well.

IMG_4522It was fun trying different things out to see which had the biggest reaction.

The science access point measure and compare the mass and volume of solids and liquids is addressed here.

 

 

IMG_5044We loved learning so many interesting things about Germany this week and hope you did too! Join us again next time for more fun and learning——Group by Group!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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