IMG_7433With the Olympic Games fresh in our minds, we thought learning a little more about the host country of Brazil would be the perfect topic for the start of our school year. Our sensory groups explored boxes related to facts about Brazil. The fine motor groups made colorful art projects and the language group hosted our own version of Carnival!







IMG_6949IMG_7147Most of the Amazon rainforest is located in Brazil—-how cool is that! The students loved finding monkeys, butterflies, and birds in our rainforest umbrella.

We added “rainforest” sounds on a voice output device to add to the authentic experience 🙂

IMG_7366Match common living things with their habitats is a science access point addressed here.

IMG_7382IMG_7143Since rain forests have plenty of rain, we used a spray bottle to spritz water into the air to make it “rain” in the classroom—–this resulted in LOTS of giggles 🙂

The science access point distinguish between items that are wet and items that are dry can be addressed with this activity.





IMG_6974IMG_7199This box had lots of symbols of the country of Brazil including animals (jaguars, macaws) found there and major industries (cattle, fruit).  There was some fun sparkly garland to remind us of Carnival and a little soccer ball for their favorite sport!

IMG_7325Associate an object, picture, or symbol with a location is a social studies access point.






IMG_7342IMG_7247Gem mining is another major industry in Brazil. We had 2 gem filled discovery bottles for our students to shake or twirl.

Track objects in motion is a science access point.








IMG_7222IMG_7338Coffee is another Brazilian export. Our box of coffee grounds could be scooped into a little funnel—-so fun to watch as it streamed out of the bottom! There was also a map of Brazil to discover at the bottom of the box.

IMG_7238The science access point track objects that fall to the ground can be addressed here.







IMG_7175IMG_7217Beans are a favorite food of Brazilians——-they are called “feijao”!  There were letter B’s for our students to find as they explored our box of brown beans.

Track the movement of objects that are pushed or pulled is a science access point.







IMG_7213IMG_6997Our oobleck was especially colorful this week as we added yellow food coloring and green glitter for the national colors of Brazil—-and seen on their olympic athletes uniforms!

IMG_7359Apply a push to move an object is a science access point.





IMG_7226IMG_6970Hands were rinsed in water scented with Bath and BodyWorks “into the wild scent”, another nod to the Amazon rainforest!

There was also a little “piranha” to scoop out 🙂

IMG_7189The science access point recognize water as a liquid can be addressed with this activity.





IMG_7265IMG_7013Lots of different citrus crops are grown in Brazil so we finished our group with some grapefruit scented lotion from Bath BathWorks. Our students left the group smelling just YUMMY!

Recognize and respond to one type of sensory stimuli is a science access point.







On Tuesday our students painted a GIANT anaconda!

IMG_7033We started by asking the students to identify the color green using communication symbols.

Identify objects by one observable property, such as color, is a science access point.








IMG_7046IMG_7061Then the students painted sections of the snake precut from yellow construction paper.

They also added 2 giant googlie eyes!

Recognize that the appearance of an object or material has changed, is a science access point.





IMG_7065After they had finished painting, we taped the sections together and TA DA look at our anaconda!





On Wednesday the students made Rio Carnival masks out of paper plates!

IMG_7271We started by discussing the color of our masks and asked the students to identify the color using communication symbols. We also discussed the fact that our masks were semi-circles made by cutting a circle in half.

The math access point explain equivalence of fractions in special cases, and compare fractions by reasoning about their size and the math access point understand two fractions as equivalent (equal) if they are the same size, or the same point on a number line were addressed with this activity.







IMG_7292IMG_7303The students had fun decorating their masks with an assortment of feathers, stickers, and confetti. This activity encouraged the students to practice pincer grasp skills!

IMG_7281Recognize that the appearance of an object or material has changed is a science access point.





IMG_7299IMG_7316TA DA—-we are ready for Rio!












IMG_7410IMG_7405We thought that this year needed to be kicked off with a party, so we decided to have our own Rio Carnival!

IMG_7400After reading the book, we dressed our students up so we could have a parade!





IMG_7416IMG_7415We had lots of friends waiting for us in the hallway and

our students gave out beads to all of the spectators!









IMG_7447Once we circled through the building, everyone met up for a carnival party!  We got to eat some of the Brazilian chips (Lay’s Brazilian Picanha) and drink some fruit juice.

The consensus was the chips were very “GOSTOSO”—-that is portuguese for delicious!










IMG_7478IMG_7473After partaking of some refreshments, we got a samba lesson from Ms. Maria.

We’ve got some pretty good dancers here at this school!







IMG_7485IMG_7490There was also a photo area where our students (and adults) got to choose what props they wanted to use—–including a GIANT anaconda!

IMG_7455We are so glad to be back and think we started off the year with quite a bang!  We have lots of great themes planned for the year so be sure to join us again for more fun—–Group by Group!

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