We explored a galaxy closer to home this week—–our own! Each box in the sensory group was related to one of the planets. The fine motor groups made some out of this world art projects and the language group made a yummy “spacey” snack.
Before we got to our groups we brought out our cool solar system umbrella. It was easily made with some battery operated lights, yellow craft foam, and some super cool hanging planets (thanks Ms. Kim). The students totally LOVED it!
Mars is known as the “red planet”. We made used black cherry Koolaid to make the play dough this week and we think the color turned out really well and smelled nice too! A cookie cutter letter M was included.
Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is a science access point.
We learned that Venus is a very hot planet with lots of volcanic activity. We made an orange and yellow discovery jar that looks like the planet’s surface using a technique that we found at http://mom.com The jar was so much fun to make that we made 2 more with different colors 🙂
Apply a push to move an object is a science access point.
There was also a scoop for pouring—-lots of splashy fun 🙂
There are a lot of pretty noxious odors associated with some of the planets we explored! So rather than go realistic, we decided that midnight by Bath and BodyWorks was a pretty good choice—–after all, midnight is the perfect time for star gazing 🙂
Fine Motor Group
On Tuesday our students made space shuttles using this template: space shuttle Recycled toilet paper rolls used to complete the project gave us a chance to discuss the Unique Curriculum theme for this month.
This group LOVED our solar system umbrella too!
Identify objects by one observable property, such as color, is a science access point.
Recognize a change in an object is a science access point.
Recognize a common object with a two-dimensional shape is a math access point.
On Wednesday our students made a solar system!
Recognize an object with a three-dimensional shape is a math access point.
This gave us lots of opportunities to work on the math access point solve problems involving small quantities of objects or actions using language, such as enough, too much, or more.
This activity addresses the math access point match one object to a designated space to show one-to-one correspondence.
In our true language group style, we made a treat for the students this week——– a Saturn Slush! We got special help from one of our other SLPs this week, Judy, who came in and helped with the lesson.
Recognize objects or materials as warm or cold is a science access point.
Recognize differences in objects is a science access point.
Then we put some frozen blueberries, more orange juice, and confectioners sugar into the blender and blended again until it was smooth.
We alternated the strawberry and blueberry mixtures into cups for our students (of course, counting the cups out first) so that they could see the different layers—–or at least that was the plan! Our pouring efforts ended up with everything kind of mixing together.
On the bright side the Saturn Slush tasted really YUMMY so no one really minded 🙂