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IMG_7916We traveled a little closer to home this week and learned about the state of Iowa! Our own Ms. Jen is from that state so we thought it was time we learned a little more about it. Our sensory groups explored boxes related to facts about the state. The fine motor groups used unique paint stampers. We didn’t have a language group this week and missed one of our sensory groups due to school cancellations for a hurricane headed to our area.

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

IMG_7901IMG_7640Iowa is called the Hawkeye state——the name honors Chief Black Hawk who was a leader of the Sauk Native American tribe. We placed a picture of Chief Black Hawk at the bottom of this box. The yellow rice and black beans in the box are a nod to the colors of the University of Iowa, also known as the the Hawkeyes. Some scoops and letter I’s added to the fun.

Recognize that pushing or pulling makes an object move (contact force) is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

IMG_7893IMG_7612Iowa is the largest producer of corn in the United States so we filled this box with CORNFLAKES! The students had a blast crunching them up or listening to them rustle as they searched for the play food corn cob we had hidden. While some of the students were tempted, we reminded everyone these flakes were for playing with—–NOT eating 🙂

Recognize and respond to different types of sensory stimuli is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

IMG_7666IMG_7896Herbert Hoover, the 31st president of the United States, came from Iowa. In his honor we filled this box with All American red, white, and blue beads!

The science access point initiate a change in the motion of an object can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7633IMG_7620While visiting Iowa, a must see sight is the butterfly garden at Bellevue State Park! Our students got to sort RED butterflies and Green pasta caterpillars from this box.

Match objects with similar observable properties, such as size, shape, color, or texture, is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7923IMG_7943Red delicious apples were first cultivated in Iowa. Our students cut out apple shapes using a cookie cutter. Since we didn’t actually have an apple shaped cutter we used a pumpkin one and thought it worked pretty well!

Recognize a change in an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7609IMG_7655The students practiced vertical and horizontal strokes to make letter I’s in our always popular shaving foam!

The science access point recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move was addressed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7605IMG_7935Hands were rinsed in rose scented water since the wild prairie rose is the state flower of Iowa. There were also a couple of measuring cups, again in the colors of the University of Iowa—–Ms. Jen really liked that part 🙂

Recognize different containers that hold liquids is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7987IMG_7686We finished with Crabtree and Evelyn rose scented lotion—-a great reminder of all the fun facts we learned about the great state of Iowa.

Whether rubbed into hands or behind ears, this lotion had a really strong scent which definitely got our students’ attention!

IMG_7983Recognize and respond to one type of sensory stimuli is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday our students stamped red delicious apples using actual APPLES!

IMG_7702IMG_7700We started by discussing the paint color we were going to use and asked the students to identify the color using communication symbols. We also showed the students how cutting the apple in half turned 1 apple into 2 pieces!

The science access point identify objects by one observable property, such as color, and the math access point recognize a half of an object as part of the whole object are addressed here.

 

 

 

 

IMG_7732IMG_7718Then the students stamped the apple UP and DOWN. We put a fork into the apple to make it easier for our students to grasp.

Recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship, such as up and down, is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7730IMG_7749TaDA—-

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7725                                                                    just delicious!

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday our students made some colorful butterflies using this:butterfly template

IMG_8018First the students identified our paint color—-ORANGE!

The science access point identify objects by one observable property, such as color, is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_8041IMG_8055The students painted their butterflies using fringed craft foam stampers. We made these ourselves by folding a piece of craft foam in half, cutting a fringe along one side, then rolling it up and securing with an elastic band. Easy peesy 🙂

Again the math access point recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship is addressed.

 

 

 

 

IMG_8031IMG_8082We finished with a little glitter sparkle!

Recognize a change in an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_8051IMG_8038TA DA——-

IMG_8088                                                          time to fly to Iowa!

 

 

Thanks for joining us! Hurricane Hermine is still affecting our school schedule but hopefully we will be back next week (along with better weather we hope!) with more fun and learning——-Group by Group!

 

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