Welcome to the After Party! Each week after the weekly blog featuring activities in the elementary department is posted, our sensory cart is parked in the media center where it is available for check out by the rest of the school.
This post has photos of our middle and high school students enjoying the books and cart during the month of May.
Students learned about the state of Rhode Island in our first unit of the month.
The students had fun cutting out shapes in our red moonsand that looked like the red clay shores of Rhode Island.
Coffee is the Rhode Island state beverage so we filled a box with coffee beans and the students were pretty fascinated by both the texture and aroma.
Red, white, and blue rice represented George M. Cohen who wrote “You’re a Grand Old Flag” and “Yankee Doodle Dandy”.
There were different size scoops and a picture to find at the bottom.
Jewelry is a key industry of the state. Our discovery bottles were filled with jewels.
They were pretty fascinating.
Like Gilbert Stewart, a famous Rhode Island painter, our students became artists while exploring the shaving cream.
They really enjoyed the experience.
The students learned the first water power mill was located in Rhode Island and they had fun exploring water power with this activity.
This was a fun one!
We learned about the Planets of our solar system with our next unit. Our solar system umbrella turned our to be a huge hit.
The students loved it!
Here are some more photos!
It really was pretty cool 🙂
Fat chenille stems were perfect for forming into rings—-like the ones Saturn has.
The rings were also great for linking together.
Circular craters were stamped into the moonsand.
Our moonsand is always popular with the students.
Our galaxy jars were pretty fascinating to look at, with colors and textures that might be seen on Venus.
As usual the students found the kinetic sand pretty fascinating.
It really has an amazing texture.
The students searched for the planet Uranus and other space related objects.
The letter “M” for the planet Mars was cut out of red play dough.
Yet another texture to compare and contrast in this unit!
We compared “big” and “small” objects after discussing that Jupiter was the largest planet and Mercury the smallest.
Since Neptune is the planet furthest from our sun we used cold water in our tub.
Crayola bath tablets gave us perfect Neptune blue!
We also figured that it would be a great place for viewing other galaxies so we included a couple in the water 🙂
The fact that lights began to flash when they were tapped made these rings especially cool!
Our final unit was a tribute to Dr. Hamilton—–we learned about his home state of Kansas!
There were sunflowers—-the state flower—-to cut out in bright yellow play dough.
Lots of corn is grown there and the only salt mine open to the public in the western hemisphere is located in Kansas!
We haven’t really done many salt boxes so the students were pretty intrigued with it.
The buffalo is the state animal and we were lucky enough to find a little plush one that made noise when squeezed.
Thanks for joining our final After Party for this school year. Hope you enjoyed seeing all the fun we had 🙂