One of the most fun activities our PE department does is hold a annual “hoedown”. At the hoedown, each class performs an original square dance they practiced during PE. It is always so much fun that we decided it would be this week’s theme! The sensory group explored boxes with textures and symbols associated with hoedowns. The fine motor groups made colorful art projects and the language group invited their friends to a hoedown.
We put some sawdust at the bottom of this box to give it that “barn like” feel. The sawdust was not super fine so no dust was kicked up when little fingers ran through it. It really had an interesting texture that our students found enticing. There were some barn animals and square dancers to find as well as the word FRIENDS.
There were lots of colorful bandanas and a bandana garland in this box. The students had fun waving and shaking the items. There was also an opportunity to compare the SOFT cotton of the bandanas with the ROUGH feel of the burlap on the banner.
Recognize differences in objects or pictures is a science access point.
Apply a push to move an object is a science access point.
Each classroom decides the kinds of patterns they form in their square dance. The students practiced making some of those same kind of lines—– such as straight, curved, or zigzag—- in our Goo Bag (made with hair gel and confetti stars).
We found that double bagging the gel and taping all four sides down onto the tray helped make it a little more durable.
There was a cute cowboy hat to find at the bottom of the box.
Country apple scent from Bath and BodyWorks seemed the perfect scent for our hoedown unit! We put some of the bath gel in our water play and it really was a nice aroma. There were 2 different size scoops to add to the fun.
Recognize different containers that hold liquids is a science access point.
FINE MOTOR GROUP
On Tuesday our students used markers and stickers to decorate a cowboy boot using this: boot template.
Identify objects by one observable property, such as size or color.
Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.
On Wednesday the students made a poster and used this: hoedown girl and boy template to decorate it.
Match objects with similar observable properties, such as size, shape, color, or texture is a science access point.
Recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship, such as up and down is a math access point.
Next it was time to add dancers—–we have our fantastic volunteers to thank for getting them ready for us. We asked the students to find the one with their picture on it, apply glue, and attach it to the poster.
The math access point recognize when an object is added (addition) or is taken away from (subtraction) a situation.
So since we were talking about hoedowns this week we HAD to have one! After we read the book, 2 of our little cowpokes moseyed on down to the other elementary classrooms to invite their friends to join the fun.
It was pretty TASTY!
We pulled up a bunch of different bluegrass videos from YouTube on the Smart Board and took a turn around the dance floor.