We 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!
We 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.
German 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!
The science access point recognize two objects that are identical to each other can be addressed here.
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 🙂
Uranium 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!
Germany 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.
Germans 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!
The science access point recognize the change in motion of an object is addressed here.
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.
Identify objects by one observable property, such as color is a science access point.
Recognize a change in an object is a science access point.
Recognize common objects with 2 dimensional shapes is a math access point.
Our Wednesday art project was a nod to Levi Strauss. We used precut figures and denim “jeans” using these templates: Person-clothing template
We 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.
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.
Recognize that the appearance of an object or material has changed is a science access point.
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.
Then, each student got to pick a color and we squirted a couple of drops of food coloring into each test tube.
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.
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.
Our 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.
The science access point measure and compare the mass and volume of solids and liquids is addressed here.