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Minnesota

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img_8423img_8074We have a paraprofessional and a student who hail from Minnesota so this week thought it would be fun to learn a little more about the state. This theme complements the Unique Curriculum unit our students are working on this month. The sensory groups explored boxes related to facts about Minnesota. The fine motor groups made art projects related to state symbols and the language group went shopping in our very own Owl Mart of America!

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

img_8054img_8158This box contained objects that represented fun facts we learned about Minnesota. Some of the things we included were a Tonka truck (first built in Minnesota), pink and white lady slipper petals (the state flower), a book (the first children’s library was built in Minnesota), Peanuts characters (Charles Schulz is from there), and loon (state bird) calls recorded on a voice output device. There was also a little purse and play money to represent the Mall of America.

img_8347Recognize a model of a real object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

img_8311img_8301We brought out our butterfly and caterpillar pasta to represent the state insect—-the Monarch butterfly! This pasta is so brightly colored and very eye catching. We also included 2 plates for sorting fun.

img_8175Match objects by an observable property, such as size, shape, and color is science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

img_8782frame-02-02-2017-06-07-48The Minnesota Vikings football team colors are purple and yellow. We put a variety of chenille stems in those colors in this box.

The stems can be twisted together, looped into chains—–or WORN 🙂 The two colors also allow for sequencing or sorting practice!

img_8339In addition to the science access point match objects by one observable property such as size, shape, and color, the math access point recognize the next step in a simple pattern or sequence of activities can be addressed.

 

 

 

 

img_8303img_8328Judy Garland who starred in the Wizard of Oz is a famous Minnesotan.  We thought our rainbow rice was a perfect choice for her box. In addition to some letter M’s to find,  there was also a map of the state to find at the bottom.

img_8097The social studies access point locate pictures or symbols on a drawing or map can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

img_8774img_8119The musician Prince, came from Minnesota. One of his most famous songs is Purple Rain so we used purple Bubber for his box. We included cookie cutters with the state initials——-M N.

img_8298Apply a push to move an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

img_8063img_8719We had to include a nod to those Minnesota winters so we gave the students  some shaving cream “snow” to play in.

img_8754Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

img_8079img_8761Minnesota is called the “land of 10,000 lakes” so Bath and Body Works dancing waters scent seemed the perfect bath gel for this week. Our tiny little lake included 2 different sized fish that squirted water when squeezed—-how fun is that! There was also a sifter scoop included.

img_8320Recognize similarities and differences in size of common objects is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

img_8447img_8454The matching lotion was a hit with the students as it was rubbed on hands, arms, and on the backs of necks.

img_8814Recognize one or more external body parts is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday the students painted a walleye—the official state fish! We used this:walleye-template

img_8210img_8204First the students identified our paint color using communication symbols.

img_8214The science access point identify objects by one observable property, such as color, is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

img_8222img_8217The students stamped the yellow paint on the fish (cut from green poster board) using a bubble wrapped foam scrub brush. We emphasized stamping UP and DOWN.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_8468img_8219After they had finished painting, the students squeezed on a glue dot and then added a googlie eye to their fish.

img_8472The math access point match one object to a designate space to show one-to-one correspondence, is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

img_8240img_8248A tongue depressor was taped to the back of the fish so the students could make their little fishes swim………

img_8231                                                                        …………………….Ta Da!

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday we made Babe the Blue Ox using this: babe-the-blue-ox-template

img_8477First the students identified a circle using communication symbols.

The math access point recognize objects with two-dimensional shapes, such as a circle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_8500img_8520Then they painted their paper plates BLUE——–we used really pretty turquoise blue!

img_8560Recognize a change in an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_8532img_8557Two glue dots were squeezed onto the plate and one big googlie eye placed on each glue dot.

We got our googlie eyes at the Dollar Tree—-we do love a bargain!

Match one object to a designated space to show one-to-one correspondence is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_8502img_8617The snout and horns were then glued DOWN onto the plate to finish Babe’s face.

Recognize when an object is added to a situation is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_8505img_8576Ta DA!

img_8626                                                                            It’s Babe the Blue Ox!

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

img_8856Our language group was a little bit different this week.  Since we were talking about the Mall of America, we decided to take a trip to our very own “Owl Mart of America” to do some shopping.  The Owl Mart is a little shop that was put together so that our Post Secondary students could have some vocational training.  Students are able to shop with “owl bucks” that they receive for good behavior.

Very cool and super reinforcing!

 

 

 

 

img_8824img_8819After reading the book, we gave all the students some owl bucks to spend—–very exciting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_8837img_8847Then we set out for the Owl Mart of America.

img_8848It’s kind of a long way from the classroom so everyone got their exercise for the day 🙂

 

 

 

 

img_8860img_8892There were lots of things to look at, like jewelry, Valentine’s day crafts, and stuffed animals.

img_8896                                                                          Decisions, decisions!

 

 

 

 

 

img_8869img_8881Once our students chose what they wanted to buy, they had to go up to the cashier, a post secondary student, and had to convey “I want” using picture symbols as well as “I all done”.

img_8898Adults helped the students count out the number of owl bucks that they needed to pay for their item and passed them to the cashier.

 

 

 

 

img_8915Our shopping experience was a success and everybody was pretty thrilled with their purchases!

Join us again next time for more fun and learning——-Group by Group!

They Traveled to Space

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img_6601img_6435This week we learned about some pioneers of space travel. Ashley, one of our fantastic volunteers, came up with the idea! This compliments the students Unique Curriculum unit for this month. The sensory boxes were related to different astronauts and space travel. The fine motor groups made space related art projects and the language group made a space themed snack.

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

img_6745img_6383Laika was the first dog who went to space! Found in her box were dog and bone shaped cookie cutters to press into some moon sand. Of course, we HAD to use our moon sand somewhere in this unit 🙂

img_5741Apply a push to move an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

img_6719img_5816Other animals also went into space. Albert II was the first monkey in space. The students had fun finding colorful monkeys hidden in our black “outer space” beans. The monkeys were fun to connect together and also fun to look at under a black light!

img_6782Since the monkeys can be counted, the math access point associate quantities with number names can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

img_5927img_6702We learned that the first man and the first woman in space (Yuri Gagarin and Valentina Tereshkova) were both from the USSR. Our students sorted pompoms and beads in the colors of the Soviet flag.  We even discovered that some of the pompoms also glowed in the dark—-how cool is that!

img_5830Match objects by one observable property, such as color, is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

img_6347img_6365Alan Shepard (the first american in space), Guy Bluford (the first african american in space),  and Mae Jamison (the first african american woman in space) all got close up views of the moon and stars! We gave our students a little of that experience with our “outer space” umbrella. There was a big moon, lots of stars, and a little space shuttle for them to look at.

img_6354Recognize a space related object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

img_5872img_6682Neil Armstrong was the first human to walk on the moon. In this box, we put in a little astronaut that our students could walk on a lunar landscape of grey Floam. They also enjoyed squishing and squeezing the Floam into various shapes!

img_5790The science access point recognize a change in an object can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

img_6670img_6442Astronauts eat freeze dried food when they are in space.  We thought our red Bubber made a pretty good (although not edible) stand in for some strawberry ice cream that the astronauts might enjoy! Included in this box were a variety of different sized spoons and measuring cups for the students to use for molding the Bubber.

img_5886Recognize differences in sizes of objects.

 

 

 

 

 

img_6472img_6453Astronauts cannot feel gravity in space so they experience weightlessness. Stars and glitter looked weightless as they floated around in our discovery bottle.

Track objects in motion is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_5906img_6376We encouraged our students to make circles—-like the earth and moon in our shaving foam messy play. There was also a foam shoe insert that could be used to make footprints on the moon!

Recognize a full moon as a circle, is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_6605img_6389After their hands were rinsed, the students used a sifter shovel to scoop glow in the dark stars out of water. These stars looked especially cool under the black light!

img_5712Recognize an object with a two-dimensional shape is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

img_5953img_5972Since night time is the best time for us to look into space, we thought that the Bath and Body Works midnight lotion worked as our scent this week.

It was a nice light scent that helped our students really liked.

img_5966Recognize one or more external body parts is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday our students took their cue from Neil Armstrong and left their footprints on the lunar surface—-well ok, a piece of grey paper 🙂

img_6012We started by discussing the shape of our grey paper and asked out students to identify the shape using communication symbols.

Recognize objects with two-dimensional shapes is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_6106Next the students painted the bottom of some rain boots with grey paint.

Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move, is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_6028img_6073Then the students put the boots on and stood on a piece of rectangular paper. For students who couldn’t put on the boots, they just pressed down on them. We did discover in this activity that our prints might have turned out better if the boots had been smaller—-we still had fun though!

img_6089Recognize a change in an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

img_6066img_6099TA DA! Footprints on the moon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday, the students painted moon rocks.

img_6486img_6499First we counted out the rocks and let the students choose which ones they wanted. Then the students painted their rocks with glue.

Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move, is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

img_6511Next the students sprinkled glow in the dark chalk crumbles (from Crayola) onto the glue.

They had a lot of fun with this part 🙂

The science access point recognize a change in an object is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_6524img_6516-2TA Da—-glowing moon rocks!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We made a “Midnight Blueberry Blast Smoothie” that was out of this world this week for our language group!

img_6833img_6832We started by getting out some milk and talking its temperature.  We found that it was COLD!  We put 1/2 a cup of milk into the blender.  Since it didn’t look like enough, we decided to double the amount of each of the ingredients so we put another 1/2 a cup in the blender.  We talked about how two 1/2 cups equals 1 cup!

The math access point recognize parts of whole objects is a math access point. The science access point distinguish between hot and cold objects is also addressed.

 

 

 

 

img_6841Next, we measured out a cup of vanilla yogurt.  Since we had to use 2 small containers of yogurt, our students had to convey that 1 was not enough and we needed MORE to make a cup.  We compared the yogurt and milk and found that they were the SAME color!

The science access point solve problems involving small quantities of objects or actions, using language, such as enough, too much, or more, is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

img_6848img_6854After that, each of the students got to feel the bag of frozen blueberries.  We talked again about how it felt COLD.  We added 2 cups of blueberries to the blender.

Recognize when an object is added to a situation is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

img_6864Finally, each of our students got to try a bit of honey.  For the most part, our students communicated that they LIKED the taste.

One of our students helped SQUEEZE out 2 teaspoons and we put those into the blender.

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

 

 

 

 

 

img_6877img_6870Each of our students got a chance to turn on the blender by pressing a switch.  They love being the ones to take control of the blender 🙂

The science access point recognize that electrical systems must be turned on (closed) in order to work, is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

img_6890Once the ingredients were all blended up, we counted out cups for each of the students.  But wait!  There’s more!  What is a smoothie without some whipped cream on top??  Our students got to help PUT some whipped cream on top.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_6893Time to enjoy this galactic drink——-YUM!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_6612We learned a lot about the history of space travel this week, so much fun! Join us again next time for more fun and learning——-Group by Group!

Happy New Year!

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IMG_3225Happy 2016 everyone! To welcome the new year we thought it would be fun to take a look BACK at some things that happened in past “new” years.

Each of the sensory group boxes related to one of the historic events. The fine motor groups made art projects celebrating 2016 and the language group—-well they had a party 🙂

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

IMG_3035IMG_3170The marriage of Prince Ferdinand and Queen Isabella united the country of Spain. The red and yellow of this colorful box were a nod to the colors of the Spanish flag. In addition to sorting by color, the students were able to sort by texture since we included soft pompoms and hard beads.

Of course, the beads were also lots of fun to wear or shake 🙂

IMG_3162Identify objects by one observable property, such as color is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3165IMG_2790In 1776 the Declaration of Independence was signed and in celebration of that historic event we made some red, white and blue play dough! We added snipped pieces of an old star garland and some glitter to give the play dough a patriotic sparkle 🙂

The students cut out stars using two different sized cookie cutters.

The science access point recognize differences in size of objects is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2827IMG_3012At the turn of the century, people were thrilled with the construction of the Statue of Liberty. We thought our green Bubber looked pretty similar to the color of the statue as we see it today.

Bubber’s texture is a little like circus peanut candy so it is drier than play dough but it still sticks together really well.

 

 

 

 

IMG_2980IMG_3122 We also included a souvenir  hat just for fun——thanks Kira!

While making sculptures with the Bubber, the students addressed the science access point recognize a change in an object.

Trying on the hat addressed the “let’s have fun” access point 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3146IMG_3021In 1955 the hit song Rock Around the Clock was released. Our students used finger drums and a maraca to rock out to the song we recorded on a voice output device.

The finger drums were a HUGE hit 🙂

IMG_2990The science access points recognize an action as fast or slow and recognize objects that create sounds are addressed here.

 

 

 

IMG_2857IMG_3030The movie Footloose was hugely popular in 1984 and we thought this neon rice perfectly represented the decade!

The little funnel and spoon made for lots of scooping fun and the students were especially fascinated as they watched the grains stream out the bottom. At the bottom of the box was a piece of paper with the numbers 1984—–written with neon markers, of course!

Track a falling object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

IMG_3139IMG_3033The psychedelic 1960’s rang out with the Woodstock concert held in the summer of 1969. In homage to the fashion of the day, we made some tie dye oobleck! Watching the colors swirl around was just GROOVY 🙂

IMG_3013We got the tie dye effect by mixing the different colors in separate bowls and then pouring them onto a tray.

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

 

 

 

IMG_2839IMG_3157Another musician made history in 1977 with his concert in Hawaii—–the king himself, Elvis! Since lei’s are made from plumeria flowers we used that scent from Bath and Bodyworks for our water play scent this week. There was a “plumeria” blossom floating in the water and a bulb syringe to “water” it with.

IMG_3123Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

IMG_3180IMG_2866The students really liked the aroma of the matching lotion rubbed on their arms and hands.

IMG_3046Recognize and respond to one type of sensory stimuli is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday the students decorated signs made from paper plates and popsicle sticks.

IMG_2879We started by discussing the shape of plate and asking the students to identify it using communication symbols.

Recognize a common object with a two-dimensional shape is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2886IMG_2919Then they painted the plate with GOLD paint—-this looked so cool!!! By having the students hold onto the popsicle stick handle we also addressed bilateral coordination with this activity.

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

 

 

 

 

IMG_2910IMG_2900We added even more sparkle with some glitter confetti and topped off the sign with a piece of paper with “2016” printed on it.

The paper stuck easily to the paint so we didn’t  have to use glue!

Recognize that objects can stick together is a science access point.

 

 

 

IMG_2896TA DA—–Happy 2016!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday we used the numbers 2016 again, but this time we put them on a SHIELD—-kind of like the one Henry VIII might have used!

IMG_3060We started by identifying the number 6 on a number line—-the students did a really great job with this!

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3081IMG_3064Then we got out some BIG brushes and painted the shields with silver paint. Some of the students are still learning to use paint brushes but most of them  got to work without any help from us!

Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is a science access point.

 

 

 

IMG_3095IMG_3110We used the Ellison machine to cut out the numbers 2-0-1-6 and the students placed them on their shields.

To make it easier to hold, a toilet paper roll was hot glued to the back of the shield by an adult, then…….

IMG_3105                                                                Time for a 2016 royal TA DA

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

In our language group this week, we made some yummy cornbread. It is a traditional Southern food eaten for good luck because it’s supposed to resemble gold!

IMG_3186We started by counting out the cupcake liners while placing them in the cupcake tin.  We used a visual of the number 6 to help reinforce number recognition.

The math access point match one object to a designated space to show one-to-one correspondence is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3191Then, we followed the directions on the Jiffy cornbread mix box and put all of the ingredients in a bowl.  We made sure to talk about the COLOR of the cornbread mix and also how it was DRY.  When we cracked the egg in, we talked about how the mixture was now WET.

Distinguish between items that are wet and items that are dry is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3199IMG_3202When it was time to pour in the milk, noting that it was a LIQUID, our students got to feel the temperature—-it was COLD!

IMG_3206Recognize the temperature of items, such as food, as cool or warm is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3210IMG_3215We mixed up the ingredients and counted out how many spoonfuls we needed to put into the cupcake tin.  Once finished, we put them in the oven to bake.

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

 

 

 

 

IMG_3240IMG_3234While we were waiting, we had a small New Years party of our own.  We got out party hats, boas, and princess crowns.  Our students then got to make some “fireworks” by walking or rolling over bubblewrap-IMG_3262                                                               —they had a BLAST!

 

 

 

IMG_3278IMG_3268Finally, we got to eat our “gold”.  Cheers to a lucky 2016!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3135Well, it was back to school with a blast and we had tons of fun welcoming in the new year! Join us again next week for more fun and learning——Group by Group!

Ireland

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IMG_9061FAILTE (welcome)—-we explored the beautiful country of Ireland this week! The sensory group enjoyed the colorful textures and scents of the country. Art projects using the color green were made in the fine motor group. The language group enjoyed another cooking project—-this time potatoes!

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

IMG_8794IMG_8721White, green, and orange paper shred—-the colors of the Irish flag—-made up the base of this box. There were lots of fun “Irish” things to find including a puffins, sheep, and a map of Dublin.  We put in a cute little vampire finger puppet in honor of Bram Stoker who lived in Ireland and wrote the story of Dracula. There were also a leprechaun hat and lots of shamrocks—of course! Irish music was recorded on a voice output device which made the box even more fun 🙂

IMG_8764The social studies access point associate an object, picture, or symbol with a location is addressed here.

 

 

IMG_8840IMG_8703Irish people LOVE to drink tea! Our box of tea leaves had 2 little teacups and 1 little spoon to fill them with.

The tea had a fabulous aroma also!

Filling the tea cups was a great opportunity to address the math access point solve problems involving small quantities of objects or actions using language, such as enough, too much, or more.

 

 

 

IMG_8910IMG_8707There are lots of fabulous castles to explore when visiting Ireland. We included 2 cups with our moonsand and our students had a blast building their own castles!

All the little turrets could be counted addressing the math access point associate quantitates with number names.

 

 

 

IMG_8907Potatoes were an important crop in Ireland and are still enjoyed with meals today. We sprinkled some confetti in with our potato flakes. There were little shamrocks and pictures of Irish dancers to find and count. A colorful map of Ireland could also be found at the bottom of the box.

In addition to visual and tactile discrimination, this activity addresses the science access point recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_8846Green shamrocks—one of the most recognizable symbols of the Emerald Isle! Students had fun using the cookie cutter to cut great big shamrocks out of our always popular Bubber.

The science access points apply a push to move an object and recognize that the appearance of an object or material has changed are addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_8788IMG_8758We added green and orange glitter to our white oobleck this week—-the colors in the Irish flag. The green represents the catholic faith and the orange represents the protestant faith. The white represents the peace between them.

As students intreat with the oobleck they are exploring the science access point recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move.

 

 

 

IMG_9088IMG_9080Since Ireland is an island there are lots of fishing boats to be found. We put in a little boat to sail around out water play basin this week. There was also a little fish to swim in the water—-and squirt tourists 🙂 Our spray bottle also provided a misty rain—-and LOTS of giggles!

 

 

IMG_8778The science access points recognize the change in the motion of an object and distinguish between items that are wet and dry can be addressed with this activity.

 

 

 

IMG_8953Rain kissed leaves from Bath and Bodyworks was the PERFECT scent for this unit since Ireland has lots of rain—–that is why it has those fabled 40 shades of green 🙂

Our little leprechauns were all pretty happy with the scent and as usual, we asked the students to indicate whether they liked the scent and where they would like it applied, addressing the science access point recognize one or more external body parts.

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

IMG_8966IMG_8998Our art project on Tuesday was an Irish flag. First we used our paper cutter to cut green and orange rectangles.

The science access point recognize a change in an object is addressed here. The math access point recognize common objects with 2 dimensional shapes is also addressed.

 

 

 

 

IMG_8970We worked on hand strengthening by squeezing glue onto the rectangles and then gluing them down onto a BIGGER white rectangle!

Recognize differences in size of objects is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_8994IMG_9023Ta Da——-ERIN GO BRAGH!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_9205We went totally GREEN with our Thursday art project!  First we asked the students to identify the color green using our communication symbols—–they did such a great job!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_9222Then the students painted a mixture of watered down glue and green paint onto a white rectangle. Of course, we discussed the shape of the paper—-addressing the math access point recognize common objects with 2 dimensional shapes again.

Recognize a change in an object is the science access point addressed in this activity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_9238The students placed 1 shamrock onto their paper then we asked them to communicate if they were “all done” or wanted to add “1 more”. The shamrocks were made by tearing apart a shamrock garland found on the give away table—-so we really went green in more ways than one in this activity 🙂

The math access points indicate desire for more or no more of an action or object are addressed here.

We finished the project by adding a dash of green glitter!

 

 

 

 

IMG_9271IMG_9293TA DA—–super cute shamrocks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We made instant mashed potatoes in the language group.  Although there was an Irish potato famine in the 1800s, there was not an absence of potatoes today.

IMG_9109We used this recipe to make our potatoes: Let’s Make Instant Mashed Potatoes.  After mixing the first few ingredients, we looked at how the butter we used was solid.  After putting the ingredients in the microwave, we observed what the butter looked like and saw that it had turned into a liquid!

Identify objects as solid or liquid  is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

IMG_9123When the ingredients were in the microwave, our students got to listen to some authentic Irish music while wearing green hats.  Super cute!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_9169IMG_9180After heating the ingredients, our students helped us stir in the potato flakes.  Again, we observed how the potato flakes changed when they were put into a liquid.

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

 

 

 

IMG_9181IMG_9190Once the mashed potatoes were finished, our students got to choose a topping: cheese, bacon bits, and butter were their options. For our students with visual impairments, we used the real objects rather than pictures.

Communicate a preference for objects in daily activities is a language access point.

 

 

IMG_9186Finally, our students got to eat their instant mashed potatoes.  YUM!

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_8771We had a lot of fun exploring Ireland this week and hope you enjoyed seeing all our activities!

Join us again next time for more fun and learning—– Group by Group!

Healthy Snacks

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IMG_2509This week our theme complements the Unique Curriculum healthy living unit our students are studying. In Cara’s book, the characters make a healthy snack and the sensory group boxes relate to some of the different snacks in the book. The fine motor group made some fun food related art projects. In the language group, the students got to make a healthy snack—–YUM!

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

IMG_2736This first box was filled with a variety of play food, puzzle pieces etc—-some of it healthy and some of it not so much 🙂 While the students explored the contents we asked them to indicate which ones were the healthy snacks. The students enjoyed exploring the different contents and especially liked the squeaky cupcake!

The science access point recognize a model of a real object.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2581Healthy snacks are colorful—-just like our rainbow rice! As the students ran their fingers through the colorful grains there was a cute picture of a bowl of happy little fruit and 2 letter H’s for them to find, lots of fun!

Some of them were especially fascinated by the hidden picture 🙂

The science access point apply a push to move an object is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2583Bubber has such a cool texture and it comes in so many great colors. It is always fun to bring out for the students to explore. This time we asked them to squeeze it into big “plums” and little “grapes”.

This activity was an opportunity to explore the math access point recognize differences in size of objects.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2484There was more molding fun with our “cheesy” play dough—–even though the color ended up making our cheese look a little more like the processed kind 🙂

Using the circle cookie cutter the students could make their own slices of swiss cheese. A mouse stamper added to the fun.

The math access point recognize a 2 dimensional shape, in this case a circle and the science access point recognize a change in an object are both addressed here.

 

 

IMG_2515IMG_2602A little brown owl was the title character in this weeks book so we wanted to dedicate one of the boxes to her. The students had a blast with the “owl” feather boa. Either wrapping it around their necks or shaking and waving it around was total fun—-how can you not have fun playing with a feather boa!

Use senses (in this case touch and vision) to recognize objects is a science access point.

 

 

IMG_2688IMG_2539We tinted our oobleck yellow this week and added a little pineapple extract—–voila a pineapple smoothie! The students had so much fun exploring the drippy goo.

The science access point track the movement of objects that are pushed or pulled can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2729We washed the messy oobleck off hands using an apple shaped sponge and pear scented water. This bath gel made the water very bubbly which the students totally loved!

The science access point observe and recognize that people need water is certainly addressed in this activity!

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2627IMG_2754To finish, we gave the students a choice of banana scented (found at World Market) lotion or apple scented chapstix to rub on the their wrists/hands. Both scents were pretty popular and a fabulous fruity way to remember all we learned about healthy eating this week!

IMG_2558The science access points recognize one or more external body parts and use senses to recognize objects can be addressed in this activity.

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday we got back to basics with a simple coloring project.

IMG_2636We printed out a variety of fruity coloring pages from the internet and let our students choose which one they wanted to color. Of course, we discussed the paper’s shape—-addressing the math access point recognize a common object with a 2 dimensional shape!

 

 

 

 

IMG_2646IMG_2658We let the students choose either Crayola pipsqueak markers or large handle markers to color their pictures……….

IMG_2667                                                                                        and let them get to work!

 

IMG_2676Ta Da—–pretty and colorful!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Tuesday we made a really fun art project——a cute pineapple made out of cardboard, yarn, and scrap paper!

IMG_2852We started by discussing the color of our paper leaves and asked the students to show us the color “green” using communication symbols. Three choices gave the students practice choosing an answer from an array of three which is the format used on the state alternate assessment.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2877The adaptive scissors was used to snip the paper 4 times.

The science access point recognize a change in an object is addressed with each snip!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2868Brown yarn was wrapped around a precut cardboard shape—–a great way to practice bilateral skills! The students needed some help with this step but they really concentrated very hard and did a wonderful job!

The math access point solve problems involving small quantities of actions using language, such as enough, too much, or more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2860IMG_2917TA DA! These pineapples look good enough to eat 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

Since we were talking about eating healthy, we HAD to make a healthy snack that the entire class would be able to eat—–applesauce!  Judy, one of our other speech therapists wrote a book outlining  the recipe we used. This also helped the class with the focus for this week: following directions.  Here is a link to the book: Lets make Applesauce!

IMG_2765All the students really got into the lesson…food seems to be a great reinforcer for learning 🙂  We began by counting  how many apples we needed and then the adults sliced and cut them.  We put the slices into the blender and had some of our students help pour in some water and lemon juice.

Recognize when an object is added to a situation is a math access point addressed here.

 

 

 

 

IMG_2773IMG_2806Next came the fun part: activating the blender!  We plugged the blender into a Powerlink so our students could activate the blender using a switch.  Although some of them jumped at first, they all enjoyed blending the apples.

Solve problems involving small quantities of actions using language, such as enough, too much, or more is a math access point addressed in this activity. In addition, the science access point recognize a change in an object is also addressed.

 

 

IMG_2814We added some sugar and cinnamon and voila! A homemade healthy treat!

Recognize the next step in a simple pattern or sequence of activities is a math access point that can be addressed when following recipes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2839We counted out bowls and spoons for each of our students and watched them all devour their snack.

It was a  healthy snack success 🙂

Join us again next time for more fun and learning——-Group by Group!

Comic Book Superheroes

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IMG_3822September 25 was National Comic Book day and what could be more fun than a unit about comic book superheroes! Between our completely AWESOME book and all our activities, the students had an absolute blast this week. The sensory group loved our superhero themed boxes  especially our “glowing ooze”.  Art activities in the fine motor group included making cool Captain America shields. In the language group we played some superhero games—-so much fun!

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

IMG_3866Comic books are made of paper so colorful shredded paper was the perfect base for this box. It was made from magazines so it had a nice sheen and really smooth feel. We put in a bunch of superhero figures and some duplo building blocks for them to leap over! There was a bright shiny mask—–to help maintain secret identities 🙂 We also included a variety of superhero themed items such as a Batman glove, a couple of chunky books, and Captain America car keys that had sound producing buttons—–BONUS!

So much to explore and discover, addressing the science access point use senses to recognize objects.

 

 

 

IMG_4162We used blue moon sand for our Superman box. A big letter “S” cookie cutter was fun to use with it’s nice moldable texture. There was a picture of Superman taped to the bottom of the box which made some of our students very excited when they discovered it!

The science access point apply a push to move an object is addressed as students push the cookie cutter into the sand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3895IMG_4166Green Bubber was used for our Hulk box. Bubber is moldable like moon sand but it has this really smooth dry texture and it becomes quite dense as it is squeezed together. It really kind of feels like circus peanut candy!  Since we didn’t have an actual Hulk shaped cookie cutter we decided to use a gingerbread man cutter—–you gotta go with what you have sometimes 🙂

Again the science access point apply a push to move an object is addressed.

 

 

IMG_3819Our red, white, and blue rice was perfect for a Captain America box! There was a colorful picture of him taped to the bottom of the box and some letter”A”s to find hidden in the rice. Colorful rice is one of our favorite materials, a dry “fluid” it is very enticing!

The science access point recognize two common objects that are identical to each other can be addressed as the letters are matched.

 

 

 

 

IMG_3927Another popular “dry fluid” are dried beans—-always a fan favorite 🙂 For this box we went straight to the black beans as a nod to Batman’s favorite color. We put in 3 grey bats for the students to find and play with.

The math access point associate quantities with number names is addressed when counting the bats. The science access point recognize common objects related to science by name such as animal is also addressed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_4183IMG_3968Wikki Stix are waxy strings that are slightly tacky and stick to each other and smooth surfaces. Our students used them to make Spiderman webs on a dry erase board. Others, of course, like to squeeze them into balls or wave them around. There was also a little jiggly spider friend to join in the fun. When the spider’s string was pulled he would skitter across the table—–needless to say, he was a HUGE hit!

IMG_4171Track objects in motion is a science access point addressed here.

 

IMG_3982Those Ninja turtles came from some radioactive ooze! We made ours by adding some tonic water with quinine and pop rocks (they make a great radioactive crackle) to our oobleck. It looked SO COOL under the black light! We have done it before but it just never gets old. Both students AND staff couldn’t resist dipping hands into the glowing ooze 🙂

Recognize that the appearance of an object or material has changed——when the black light gets turned on—-is a science access point addressed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3999Whether radioactive ooze or rocks from another planet there is often something glowing around superheroes. Our glowing water was super cool and very eye catching. The effect was made by a pool toy that lights up when tapped. With the overhead lights turned off it was even more eye catching—–our students LOVED it!

The science access point recognize sources of light is the science access point addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_4021IMG_4028Twilight Woods from Bath and Bodyworks was our scent used in both our water play and lotion this week. It was a little challenging to come up with the perfect scent but we decided that since even superheroes like to smell good it was a good choice. The fact that it was on sale also helped 🙂

The students quite liked its light aroma and the access point recognize one or more external body parts was addressed as we applied the lotion.

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

IMG_4046On Tuesday we made some awesome Captain America shields!

We started with a circular cake base donated by Ms. Nancy—-her trash, our treasure 🙂 We discussed the fact that it was a circle, addressing the math access point recognize common objects with 2 dimensional shapes!

IMG_4089Then we discussed the paint colors we were going to use and asked the students to identify red and blue. This addresses the science access point identify common objects by one observable property, such as color. Our students did a really GREAT job!

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_4053After they were finished painting their shields, a star was glued onto a SMALL circle which was glued onto the BIG circle.

Recognize similarities and differences in size of common objects is the math access point addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_4119IMG_4080TA DA!

IMG_4061Our little superheroes are ready to save the world!

 

 

IMG_4316We picked a pretty simple but way fun fine motor activity for our Thursday art project. One of our parents donated these cool sticker books——thanks Mama Laura!

The book had a variety of “scenes” to decorate which allowed each student to choose their own.  We discussed the fact that the scenes were rectangular shaped——addressing the math access point recognize common objects with 2 dimensional shapes.

Next the students decorated their scenes with superhero stickers. Pulling the stickers off is a great activity to practice pincer grasp skills!

As stickers are added to the scene the math access point recognize when an object is added to a situation is addressed.

 

 

IMG_4350Ta Da! Our students were pretty tickled with their awesome art work!

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

IMG_4269We needed some superhero help today in the language group because some evil villains decided to come to our school! Of course, what is a superhero without a trusty cape—-we used some Superman capes (from pre-k) so our superheroes could get ready to fight some crime.

IMG_4311In order to knock down the villain’s headquarters, our superheroes had to use big green Hulk hands to smash down the bricks.  Our superheroes had to wait for a superhero friend to say “go” before knocking the cardboard bricks down.  SMASH!

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_4279IMG_4288Other students helped knock down the walls using Ninja chops——HI YA!!

The science access points apply a push to move any object and track the movement of objects that are pushed are addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_4281After knocking down the “wall”, our superheroes faced the evil villains themselves.  We printed out some DC comic villains such as Catwoman and the Riddler and taped them onto some bowling pins.  Then, our superheroes got ready to knock them down, again waiting for their friends to say “go” first.  POW!

The science access points apply a push to move any object and track the movement of objects that are pushed are again addressed.

The math access point associate quantities with number names is also addressed as the knocked down villains are counted.

 

 

IMG_4305The villains were all defeated, our heroes saved the day—- YEAH!!

Well that wraps up another fantastic week! Please join us again for more fun and learning——-Group by Group!

Rainbow

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IMG_7681It was all about COLOR with our rainbow theme this week! Our sensory boxes were so vibrant—just beautiful. Due to a special school activity our fine motor group only had one art project but it turned out pretty fabulous. Our language group had a blast making rainbow toast! All the students enjoyed Cara’s book, in each classroom we discussed the colorful objects on each page and looked around the room to find people wearing the different colors.

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

IMG_7400IMG_7436Our primary color boxes were filled with a variety of textures and objects. Lots of things to look at and touch!

There were things to shake….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7519Pull apart…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7467IMG_7420Explore and discover!

All our boxes addressed the science access point identifying objects by one observable property—-color 🙂

IMG_7489Individual items addressed the science access points applying a push or pull to move an object, tracking objects in motion, and recognizing common objects in the natural world through observation.

IMG_7545Purple Bubber filled this box. We have extolled the virtues of this stuff before but we can’t sing its praises enough. It’s so soft and squishy but dry—you just have to keep touching it!

We included a letter R (for rainbow) cookie cutter. While making letters the science access point applying a push to move an object is addressed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7497It took a couple of hours to dye our pasta this nice vibrant orange but it was totally worth it. There was also a definite auditory component as the pasta trickled off fingers or was swirled around.

We included 3 orange items to find in the pasta. The items differed in size and shape from the pasta making it especially interesting to our students with visual impairments.

This box addresses both visual and tactile discrimination.

The science access point using senses to recognize objects is addressed here.

The math access point associating quantities with number names is also addressed.

 

 

 

IMG_7403We used dried split peas for our green box with a little scoop and also 3 green items to find—-including a Yoda figure which our students found pretty intriguing!

These peas feel so soft as fingers are run through them—very relaxing!

Responding to new vocabulary that is introduced is a language access point that can be addressed here. After all, it’s important that our students know their Star Wars characters 🙂

 

 

 

IMG_7594Finally, what do you get when you put all the colors together? A rainbow of course 🙂 We had to include our rainbow rice in this unit!

There were 3 letter R’s to find and a colorful rainbow picture taped to the bottom of the box.

Applying a push or pull to move an object is the science access point addressed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7516We finished with Rain kissed Leaves lotion from Bath and Bodyworks—without rain you wouldn’t have any rainbows 🙂

A nice soft aroma and a fitting scent to remember  all the colorful fun we had!

It also addressed the science access point recognizing and responding to one type of sensory stimuli.

 

 

 

 

 

Fine Motor Group

IMG_7708These book dividers were cast offs from the media center—-score! We hot glued them to some dollar store sponges to adapt them for our students. Sometimes it does pay to be a hoarder 🙂

We used them to make sponge painted rainbows seen on the Teaching 2 and 3 year olds blog.

 

 

IMG_7673First we counted out pieces of rectangular paper (counting all four sides) and then practiced writing our names.

Recognizing the sides of a rectangle and recognizing objects with 2 dimensional shapes are math access points.

We pressed our sponges onto the paint trays and then slid them across the paper.

Applying a push or pull to move an object is a science access point.

 

 

IMG_7691IMG_7701It was kind of magical how the rainbows appeared. Our students were pretty excited about their projects—

Ta DA!

Recognizing a change in an object is a science access point addressed here.

 

 

 

 

Language Group

IMG_7603This week, we decided that it would be fun to make something edible—-food is always fun 🙂  Cara typed out directions for making rainbow bread, using a recipe found on food.com.

Recognizing the next step in a simple pattern or sequence of activities is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7615We started out by pouring sweetened condensed milk into 6 clear plastic cups.  Then, we went around the table and the let students pick out which color they wanted to add to the milk using a color board made with Boardmaker symbols.  They used food coloring  to add the colors.  We discussed the fact that 2 colors were needed  to make purple or orange.

Effectively communicating information, wants, and needs using pictures, symbols, or gestures is a language access point addressed here.

 

 

 

IMG_7641Next, we mixed the colors into the sweetened condensed milk.  This was fun!  Each student got their own cup and watched how the colors changed.

The science access points applying a push or pull to move an object and recognizing a change in an object are addressed in this activity.

We counted out the bread and the plates.  The students then used the paintbrushes to “paint” the colors onto their bread.  The colors looked so vibrant on the bread!  Very cool.

 

 

 

IMG_7656IMG_7662After painting the bread, we toasted it and then got to enjoy the goodness!  YUM!

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7482Such a fun, colorful week we had! Be sure to join us again next week where there will be more fun things to discover and learn about—-Group by Group!