We are giving a little shout out to our friends at the Cornerstone School in celebration of Rhode Island Independence Day! Our sensory groups explored some boxes related to different facts about the state of Rhode Island. The fine motor groups used unusual items for their Rhode Island art projects and the language group made an icy treat—-yum! Read along to see all the fun we had this week 🙂
The students always have fun with moonsand, it has such a great texture!
The first circus held in the United States took place in Rhode Island! Our circus box was filled with colorful objects associated with the circus. There was rainbow basket filler, styrofoam circus peanuts, a popcorn container, and puzzle piece clowns.
We also included a fun noise tiger noisemaker that was really popular with the students.
George Cohen was a composer who wrote Yankee Doodle Boy and You’re a Grand Old Flag was represented with our red, white, and blue rice. There was a big measuring cup and small spoon for scooping fun and comparisons. There was a flag picture to find at the bottom of the box.
These were irresistible!
Gilbert Stuart was an artist from Rhode Island who painted the portrait of Washington that was used for the dollar bill! Our little artists mixed shaving cream with food coloring to come up with their own original works of art 🙂
Observe and recognize a predictable cause-effect relationship related to a science topic is a science access point that can be addressed with this activity.
Rhode Island is nicknamed the Ocean State so we used ocean scent from Bath and BodyWorks this week. It was a pretty strong scent that our students really noticed and liked having it rubbed on their skin.
Recognize one or more external body parts is a science access point.
FINE MOTOR GROUP
On Tuesday our students painted violets—-the Rhode Island state flower!
Identify common objects by one observable property, such as size or color is a science access point.
Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move.
On Wednesday we discussed the fact that shipbuilding is another key industry of Rhode Island and made sailboats!
Recognize objects with two-dimensional shapes is a math access point.
Recognize that pushing or pulling makes an object move is a science access point.
Recognize the next step in a sequence of activities is a math access point.
It’s been getting pretty hot here lately, so since Del’s Frozen Lemonade is a fixture in Rhode Island, we decided to make our own using this recipe: Frozen Lemonade
Although some of our students actually didn’t mind the sour flavor, others had a different opinion 🙂
Uses senses to recognize objects is a science access point.
Our students activated the blender to mix the ingredients by pressing a switch hooked up to a power link. They are getting so much better about holding the switch down, although some of them continue to tap it, making the blender turn off and on really fast.
Recognize that electrical systems must be turned on in order to work is a science access point that can be addressed here.
Definitely a drink to cool us off in this heat!