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. Here are photos teachers have sent of their students exploring the different sensory boxes during the month of October—–enjoy!
During the month of October the students learned about science fairs with their Unique Curriculum. To complement the unit, we did a theme on famous scientists.
The students learned about a famous mathematician named Keppler.
For his box, we put numbers is a box of cornmeal.
They really liked it’s interesting texture.
The students really loved the Jane Goodall box.
It was more fun than a barrel of monkeys 🙂
A scientist name Fahrenheit developed a scale for measuring temperature—-like the chilly “snow” in one of our boxes.
Another box, filled with water, was devoted to Charles Darwin.
The students learned about scientists like Neil DeGrasse and Stephen Hawking who study outer space.
This solar system umbrella was a real hit!
The students also had fun digging for fossils like the scientist Mary Anning.
Our moon sand is always a hit.
We finished with a little science experiment—-we put Pop Rocks into shaving cream.
It had a pretty cool effect!
Our next unit focused on Fall Fun!
We brought out our fall umbrella for this unit and as usual, it was quite a hit with the students.
They really enjoyed using a battery operated fan to blow the leaves around!
In addition to the umbrella, we also had a fall themed box—-filled with pinecones, scarecrows, pumpkins, and other symbols of fall.
For the football fans, we included a box with shaker pompoms so the students could cheer for their favorite teams!
The students had fun scooping and filling the eye catching orange rice!
Lots of scooping fun.
The yellow moon sand was also a hit with the students.
There were a variety of cookie cutters to use, including those with our schools initials.
The students had varying reactions to the pumpkin puree.
It was a unique sensation!
They rinsed their hands in water, then scooped up different symbols of fall found floating there.
There were bats, the letter F, and craft foam leaves to scoop.
In celebration of National Talk Show Host day—-yes there really is one—-for our next unit we learned a little about popular talk show hosts.
Oprah was celebrated with a box featuring a variety of items that represented her life and likes.
There were lot of things to explore and discover.
Our Dr. Oz box came complete with a little patient to take care of.
The Dr. is in!
The students had fun giving Conan O’Brien a new hairstyle.
A new look for Conan!
Harry Connick Jr. stared in the movie A Dolphin Tale. Our students had fun spotting dolphins in our underwater umbrella habitat.
This was a hit with the students for sure! We think Harry would like it 🙂
Whoopie Goldberg starred as a nun in two Sister Act movies. This box was a nod to the costume she wore in the movie.
Neil De Grasse, who hosts Star Talk was represented with some cool galaxy play dough.
Our last theme for October was the Brothers Grimm. The book that went with this theme featured students dressed as fairy tale characters—-it is a true must see!
The Big Bad Wolf box featured a wolf mask and some oversized “granny” glasses.
They had a blast with this one!
There were rice and beans in the colors of the German flag and a picture of the Grimm Brothers at the bottom of the box.
We also filled a box with characters and props from their stories.
Confetti was sprinkled into the oobleck to make Gingerbread House icing.
Hands were rinsed in water that contained a little Frog Prince.
The pink princess sand was fun to scoop and watch drift back down into the box.
A final reminder of all the fairy tales we learned about each student had some Apple scented lotion applied to their hands. We think Snow White would approve!
Hope you enjoyed the After Party—–see you next month!