Many of our students are learning about animal habitats with their Unique Curriculum unit this month. Since it is October which has us thinking about things that bump in the night, a creepy crawly critters theme seemed like the perfect complement ! Our sensory groups explored boxes related to different animals. The fine motor groups painted their animal themed art projects using unusual tools and the language group went on a creepy, crawly critter hunt—-read along to see all the fun we had!
Spiders—-well those are some pretty creepy crawlies and we put an assortment in this box! One of the spiders scuttled across the table after a string was pulled, which of course elicited a few nervous giggles—-from both students AND staff 🙂 We also included a discovery bottle with some floaty spiders that wiggled up and down as the bottle was turned.
Solve simple problems involving joining or separating sets of objects to 3 is a math access point.
Owls aren’t really creepy but their hoots can give you a little shiver if you are out in the woods at night so we went ahead and included them. We put in our fabulous “owl” feather boa and a super cute, totally NOT creepy plush owl.
Recognize a model of a real object is a science access point.
Put some battery operated lights and black paper shred in a box——it looks just like lots of little bug eyes staring back at you! Light boxes are always a hit with our students and this was no exception. Pretty cool—-if we do say so ourselves 🙂
Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.
There was an ENORMOUS water beetle to find in our “pond” this week. Our students quite enjoyed checking out this really big bug! The water was scented with Bath and Bodyworks twilight woods scented bath gel which seemed like the appropriate scent for this unit 🙂
The science access point match common living things with their habitats can be addressed here.
Recognize one or more external body parts is a science access point.
FINE MOTOR GROUP
The math access point associate quantities with number names is addressed here.
Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move and track objects in motion are science access points addressed in this step.
This was another opportunity to address the science access point match animals to their habitats.
On Thursday we painted with SPRAY BOTTLES!
Identify objects by one observable property, such as color, is a science access point.
The students dropped this rat stencil(made with: rat template) onto a piece of black paper and began spraying! They had so much fun with this and really did a great job of spraying onto the paper and NOT the floor or their friends 🙂
For the language group this week, we went on a creepy, crawly critter hunt. While the students were out of the room, we hid 6 different animals and insects from our book all around the room.
We turned off the lights to read the book and kept them off so we could use a flashlight to find the critters. We had real pictures of each of the critters hidden around the room, so one-by-one, we LOOKED for each of them.
Recognize sources of light is a science access point.
Seek assistance to clarify the meaning of pictures, symbols, gestures/signs, or words in classroom activities with prompting is a language access point.
We counted all the critters we found at the end to make sure that we had the SAME number of real critters and pictures of critters.
We did it! The classroom is once again critter-free thanks to our critter catchers 🙂