To celebrate Women’s History month we decided to learn about some amazing women of the past. Each of the sensory group boxes was dedicated to a different woman and the fine motor groups made art projects that were also dedicated to one of them. The language group became French chefs—-like Julia Child!
So let’s hear it for the girls!!!
There were letters and numbers for the students to find as well as a picture of a teacher at the bottom of the box.
Edith “Jackie” Ronne was the first women to explore Antarctica. We used shaving cream and cornstarch to make a fun snow box in her honor! The snow could be squished or scooped into little snow balls and the students had so much fun playing in it 🙂
We recorded the sounds of a propellor plane on a voice output device and added a hand held fan so the students could get the feel of riding in one of those old planes.
Recognize a model of a real object is a science access point.
Rachel Carson started the modern environmental movement when she wrote the book Silent Spring which highlighted the misuse of pesticides. Her box contained leaves, flowers, insects and birds. The box was not so silent though——our little blue bird chirped when squeezed 🙂
Our scent this week was cucumber melon from Bath and Body Works. We chose it because we thought Julia Child might have like it’s yummy aroma. The students liked the scent and are really doing a great job of letting us know where they want the scent applied.
FINE MOTOR GROUP
On Tuesday our students used watercolors to make a “secret” picture appear. Our secret picture represented the nickname of World War II spy hero Nancy Wake and was made by using a white crayon and this: mouse template
Recognize objects with 2-dimensional shapes is a math access point.
On Wednesday our students made their own representations of the flag of Benazir Bhutto’s country of Pakistan. We used this to complete the project:moon and star template
The math access point recognize objects with 2-dimensional shapes is again addressed here.
The science access point recognize a change in an object is addressed here. Identify objects by one observable property, such a color is also addressed.
We channeled Julia Child for our language group this week (you know we can’t pass up a time to cook!). Since Julia Child wrote a cookbook bringing French cuisine to America, we decided to try out a (modified) French recipe——we made crescent rolls filled with brie cheese.
We passed around the container of crescent rolls so that our students could FEEL if it was hot or COLD. Then, we passed around small bites of the brie cheese so they could TASTE it. Brie cheese is definitely an acquired taste to some, so there were some funny faces 🙂
Recognize objects or materials as warm or cold is a science access point.
Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.
The flavored water was a HIT!
We really enjoyed learning about all these amazing women this week! Our spring break is starting so it will be 2 weeks until we are back with more fun and learning——Group by Group!