We are lucky enough to have students whose families are from India so that made it even more special for us as they contributed some of the photos we used in our book. The sensory groups explored boxes related to different facts about India. The fine motor groups made art projects with animals that are symbolic of the country and the language group made a yummy ethnic dish to eat!
Our rice was orange, green, and white this week because those are the colors of the Indian flag. There were lots of letter I’s to find both upper and lower case, as well as a picture of a Bengal Tiger, which is the national animal, at the bottom of the box.
Apply a push to move an object is a science access point.
We went with the flag colors, paper shred this time, as the base of this box. It was filled with animals that are symbols of the country such as tigers, peacocks, lions and elephants. We learned India is the only country in the world with both lions and tigers—-how cool is that! Cricket is a favorite sport so we included a picture of that also! There was a little teapot and cup in the box because tea is an important Indian export.
The Taj Mahal is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world and is located in Agra. Our students tried their hands at building a replica of the Taj Mahal using our white Floam. Not quite as lovely as the white marble used for the original but our students had fun anyway 🙂
There were some interesting discovery bottles for the students to explore. One bottle was filled with sequins—-like those seen on colorful saris. If looked at closely enough, a little elephant could be found floating around too! Our peacock discovery bottle was filled with blue and green sparkly glitter which made it pretty fascinating to watch swirl.
Track objects in motion is a science access point.
We put some green and orange glitter into our white oobleck—–once again representing the colors of the Indian flag. It was lots of fun to practice making the vertical and horizontal strokes needed to make a letter I!
Hands were rinsed in our Ganges River, complete with an Indian crocodile—-ours a very cute one 🙂 India is known for periods of rain called “monsoons” so we created a little one here using a hand operated water mister fan. When pointed above the students heads it created a mini rainfall—-resulting in lots of giggles.
Our water was scented with coconut bath gel as a nod to the fact that it is an important crop in India.
We finished our group with mango scented lotion. Mangos are the national fruit of India. A perfect scent to remind us of all the things we learned about the wonderful country of India! The students really liked the aroma and as usual they practiced body part identification by indicating where they wanted it applied.
Recognize one or more external body parts is a science access point.
FINE MOTOR GROUP
On Tuesday our students painted a Bengal Tiger using marbles. The tigers were cut from orange poster board using this: tiger template
Identify objects by one observable property such as color is a science access point.
Recognize when 1 or 2 items have been added to or removed from sets of objects to 3, is a math access point.
Recognize that the appearance of an object has changed is a science access point.
On Wednesday, our students made peacocks—–the national bird of India. We used this: peacock template
Recognize objects with two-dimensional shapes is a math access point.
Recognize a change in an object is a science access point.
Recognize a half of an object as part of the whole object is a math access point.
We made some curry hummus in our language group! This was a neat recipe because there were so many things for our students to SMELL.
Recognize when an object or person is added to (addition) or is taken away from (subtraction) a situation is a math access point.
They made some pretty funny faces when the lemon juice hit their taste buds!
These spices have some strong smells!
Observe and recognize a predictable cause-effect relationship related to a science topic.
Hope you enjoyed our visit to India this week! Join us next time for more fun and learning———–Group by Group!