Our sensory boxes related to various aspects of the festival. Our fine motor groups made pirate themed art projects and the language group led a parade through the elementary building for our own Gasparilla festival!
Jose Gaspar came from Spain and our nod to him was rice was made with the colors of the Spanish flag. There was a treasure map at the bottom and pirate booty to find hidden in the colorful grains.
Counting found doubloons addresses the math access point associate quantities with number names.
There were lots of little pirates to discover in this box of black beans. A great activity for visual discrimination—-the red pirates were pretty easy to find but the black colored pirate figures really blended in with the black beans! We also put in a little pirate finger puppet just for fun.
Identify objects by one observable property, such a color, is a science access point.
Pirate ships fly the Jolly Roger flag which has a skull and cross bones decoration. Our students used a bone shaped cookie cutter to make “crossbones” in our cool black kinetic sand—-very piratey!
Apply a push to move an object is a science access point.
Of course pirates are always looking for TREASURE—-so we had to include some!
There were 3 different bottles filled with gold and jewels——-very sparkly and VERY eye catching!
The science access point track the movement of objects that are pushed or pulled is addressed here.
The Gasparilla festival always has a parade complete with floats and people throwing beads—–just like the shiny beads in our box. Beads are always a hit with our students and a box this colorful is pretty irresistible!
Since the senses of touch, hearing, and vision are used to explore the beads, recognize and respond to different types of sensory stimuli is the science access point addressed here.
Pop rocks gave a snap, crackle and pop to our “sea foam”——kind of like firecrackers in the distance as the pirate ships approach Tampa Bay. We encouraged the students to practice writing shapes such as letters or circles in addition to making “waves” as they pushed the foam around.
Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is a science access point.
Hands were rinsed in our miniature Tampa Bay, complete with a shipwreck and 2 different size scoops. We discovered that as the pop rocks got washed off hands they continued to make noise——–bonus! 🙂
Recognize similarities and differences in size of common objects is a math access point.
Tampa is located in the state of Florida. Since oranges are a symbol of the state, that fruity scented lotion (from Bath and BodyWorks) was the perfect scent this week! As usual, after we asked the students to let us know if they liked the scent, we then asked them to show us where they wanted it applied.
Recognize one or more external body parts is a science access point.
FINE MOTOR GROUP
On Tuesday we made some pirate ships! The templates for the pirate flag used in this art project and the bandana used on Wednesday can be found here: pirate template
First we discussed the shape of our paper plate and asked the students to use communication symbols to show us a “circle”. Then we showed them how we were using a half circle to make our ship.
Recognize objects with 2 dimensional shapes is a math access point. Recognize a half of an object as part of the whole object is also a math access point.
Next the students painted their ships using brown paint and foam brushes.
Recognize a change in an object is a science access point.
After the students finished painted we taped a mast (made from a straw) with a little Jolly Roger flag to the back of the boat and……..
TA Da—–avast ye’ mateys!
On Wednesday we made some fun pirate masks!
The students started by using communication symbols to indicate which color they wanted to paint their “bandana”. We gave them a choice of blue, orange, and green but most of the students chose blue—-maybe it reminded them of the high seas 🙂
The science access point recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is addressed here.
While their paint dried, the students applied glue to the BOTTOM of their paper plate and used black paper shred to make a “beard”. The paper got everywhere but the students really had fun with this step.
Recognize that the appearance of an object or material has changed is a science access point.
The students glued their bandanas to the TOP of their paper plate and……
Then proceeded down the hallway to the sounds of “A Pirates Life for Me” recorded on a voice output device. We made sure the volume was LOUD!
We invited all of the other elementary classrooms to be the audience, so our students got to parade around the building while their peers cheered them on. A lot of the parade-goers were also dressed in pirate attire!
Needless to say, this was a hit 🙂