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Florida Animals book

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This week, we are learning all about some of the animals that live in Florida.  This goes hand-in-hand with the Unique theme for the month which is all about animal habitats.  We have lots of really neat animals here–from alligators and manatees to black bears and panthers.  The front cover features one of our students as a black bear while the 2 students on the The End page are dressed as a flamingo and alligator.  Take a look to learn about some of our awesome animals!

 

 

 

Here is a link to the book: Look At The Animals In Florida

Florida Animals

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This week we learned about Florida animals and their habitats. This compliments the Unique Curriculum unit of our students this month. Each of the sensory group boxes was centered around a specific animal. The fine motor groups made animal themed art projects and the language group played animal sound Bingo.

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

This woodland box contained leaves, pine cones, and flowers that you might see while walking in the Florida woods. We also put in some plush and plastic animals that also wander those woods such as panthers, deer, raccoons, and squirrels

 

 

The students loved listening to the animal sounds we recorded on a voice output device.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science access point: recognize objects related to science by name, such as animal, and plant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Our black bear box contained some soft fake fur and two cute little plush bears.

 

 

 

 

Science access point: match animals that are the same.

 

 

 

 

There were pictures of seagulls and pelicans to find at the bottom of our sandy beach box. We included 2 different sized scoops and a funnel which were lots of fun!

 

 

 

 

Science access point: track objects in motion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Florida has LOTS of squirrels! In our part of the state you sometimes get a glimpse of a white albino squirrel— how cool is that! The students used a squirrel shaped cookie cutter to cut  squirrels out of moon sand.

 

 

Science access point: apply a push to move an object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are lots of different kinds of birds in Florida, including the mockingbird which is our state bird. We put models of some of these different birds in this box of bird seed.

 

 

 

Science access point: recognize a model of a real object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Along with some leaves, bugs, and snakes, a  couple of different alligators roamed around a green jello Everglades swamp this week.

 

 

 

 

Science access point: match living things with their habitats.

 

 

 

 

Our water play contained a shark and dolphin—marine animals that can be found in Florida waters. There were also 2 different sized measuring cups for scooping fun.

 

 

 

Science access point: Recognize different containers that hold liquids.

 

 

 

 

Oranges are a symbol of Florida and something that our animals might like to snack on, so we thought that Bath and Body Works orange lotion was the perfect scent to finish our group!

 

 

 

 

Science access point: recognize one or more external body parts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Wednesday the students made zebra longing butterflies—our Florida state butterfly—using this: zebralongwing

First, we identified color of our butterfly.

Science access point: identify objects by one observable property, such as color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using white paint, the students were instructed to paint LINES across their butterflies.

 

 

 

 

 

Science access point: apply a push to move an object.

 

 

 

 

Then they glued their butterflies on to a sheet of blue paper.

Math access point: recognize when an object is added to a situation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ta DA!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful Florida butterflies!

 

 

 

 

On Thursday the students made manatee habitats using this: manatee

First, we identified the color of our paper.

Science access point: identify objects by one observable property, such as color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students used a glue stick to apply glue ACROSS the back of a manatee, turned it OVER, and glued it DOWN on their paper.

Math access point: recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then the students used scissors, adaptive scissors, and switch operated scissors to snip the green paper “sea grass”. After cutting, we crumpled it up a bit to give it more dimension.

 

 

 

 

 

Science access point: recognize a change in an object.

 

 

 

 

 

After they had finished snipping their sea grass, they added it to the paper.

Math access point: recognize when an object is added to a situation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We love manatees!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We changed it up a little bit this week.  Instead of making a tasty treat, we played a fun game of Florida animal BINGO!

Each student took a turn and listened to an animal sound.  They started by using picture symbol supports to say/indicate “I listen”.  The sounds of the different animals were recorded on a Go Talk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After listening to the animal sound, the students had to locate the correct animal.  If they did not know which animal it was, they had to use the picture symbol supports to say/indicate “I need help”.

They would then have to listen to a descriptor about the animal.  “This animal is black” or “this animal lives in the water”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once the student figured out the correct animal, they would use the picture symbol supports to say/indicate “I hear a ___” and would either say the animal or locate the picture of the animal on their BINGO board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was really neat watching our students listening to the sounds.  They would get very quiet so they could hear.  They enjoyed hearing the growls and squeaks and tweets.

 

 

 

Science access point: recognize and respond to common sounds.

 

 

 

 

When the game was over, each student got to take the Go Talk and press whichever animal sound they liked the MOST.

 

 

 

 

 

BINGO!!!!

 

 

 

The students really had fun learning about Florida animals!  Join us again next time for more fun—–Group by Group!

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Italy book

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We are traveling all the way to Italy to learn a little bit about it for Italian-American Heritage month.  Our guidance counselor, Mrs. Lori, was lucky enough to take a trip to Italy this summer and she has graciously allowed us to use some of her beautiful pictures for our book.  You’ll have to read it to find out some really neat facts about Italy.

Take a look and celebrate Italian-American Heritage month!

 

 

Here is a link to the bookLet’s Learn All About Italy

Italy

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Ciao—-October is Italian-American Heritage month! Our guidance counselor got to visit Italy over the summer and shared some fabulous photos with us, some of which we used for our book. The sensory groups explored boxes related to facts about Italy. The fine motor groups made art projects inspired by Italian symbols and the language group made an Italian inspired treat!

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

Letters that spelled “Italy” were found in this box of red, white, and green rice—-the colors of the Italian flag.

 

 

 

 

There was a map to find at the bottom of the box. We also added 2 different sized measuring cups for scooping fun.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We used red, white, and green paper shred as the base of this box filled with Italian symbols (postcards of famous buildings) and inventions (eyeglasses).

 

 

 

Other items included an “Italian wolf”, flag, pizza printed oven mitt, a Lamborghini car, and a fashion model. We recorded some authentic Italian music on a voice output device and it was a hit enjoyed by all!

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Red and green glitter and green rosemary were added to our play dough, so it was not only colorful but also smelled ohh so good!

Italy is said to look like a boot so, we used boot shaped cookie cutters this week.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

We had a little fun with this next box dedicated to our favorite Italian meal—-spaghetti and meatballs! Plastic spaghetti strings and soft brown pompom “meatballs” made for some interesting shape and texture comparisons.

 

 

 

The students had a blast with the tongs we included.

Counting the meatballs added to a plate addresses the math access point associate quantities with number names.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students made their own colosseum using grey Floam. Laminated pictures of ancient romans and a chariot were included.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are 3 active volcanos in Italy! We turned our oobleck into lava by adding some food coloring and crackling pop rocks.

 

 

 

 

So much fun!

The science access point distinguish between objects in motion (kinetic energy) and at rest can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to a little gondola, there was a scoop, small fishing net and fish to catch in our water play this week.

 

 

 

 

Recognize differences in sizes of containers that hold liquids is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We used grape scented bubble bath in our water and pear scented lotion to represent some of the fruit grown in Italy.

 

 

 

 

 

Use senses to recognize objects is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Wednesday students painted a colosseum using this: romancolesseum

First, the students identified the color of our paint.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then we gave the students their colosseum page and asked them to CRUMPLE it up! The students were not quite sure what to do—-we usually ask them to STOP crumpling paper 🙂

 

 

Recognize changes in observable properties of objects is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

Next, they spread the paper back out, we think the crumpling gave it an aged appearance! Diluted paint was used so we could continue to see the details of the picture.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

We laid a paper towel on top of their picture to help absorb extra paint and then the 2 layers turned over. Glue was squeezed over the back and then the picture was turned back over onto a piece of background paper. The paper towel was then removed and thrown away.

This method helps reduce the amount of paint that gets on fingers—–and everywhere else!

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

TA DA!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s visit Italy!

 

 

 

 

On Thursday the students practiced their cutting skills making an Italian flag.

They identified the colors found in the flag using communication symbols.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, they used paper cutters or scissors to cut 1 red and 1 green strip of paper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recognize a change in the appearance of an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

They glued their paper strips down onto a piece of white paper. We helped the students by pointing out which side each color went.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Viva Italia!

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We tasted a bit of Italy during our language group this week.  We made some mini pizzas!  Here is the recipe that we used: Let_s Make Mini Pizzas!

First, we PUT 1/2 of an English muffin on a paper plate.  Each student had to request a plate by indicating WANT and then pointing to the picture of the paper plate.  We talked about how 1/2 of an English muffin was LESS than a WHOLE English muffin.

Solve simple real-world problems involving joining or separating small quantities of objects.

 

 

 

 

 

Next, we put 2 spoonfuls of pizza sauce on the English muffin.  Each student had to indicate WANT and then had to help count out 2 spoonfuls.  Our students then got to SPREAD the sauce around.

Recognize when an object is added to or taken away from a situation is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

Then they got to decide whether or not they wanted pepperoni on their pizza.  They indicated either YES or NO.  If they indicated YES, then they got to decide how many pepperoni’s they wanted by pointing to either 1, 2, or 3 on a number line.

 

 

 

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

To top the pizza off, each student was given some cheese.  At first, they were only given a few pieces.  They had to request MORE if they wanted more.

Indicate desire for more of an action or object is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time to heat up our pizza!  One of our students is learning to use the microwave, so he helped out with heating the pizzas up.  After they were done cooking, he delivered them to his friends.

We talked about how the pizza was HOT and we needed to let it COOL down. After it cooled down we cut the pizza into bite sized pieces.

Recognize parts of whole objects and parts of sets of objects is a math access point.

 

Finally it was time to eat!  YUUUUMMM!!

 

 

 

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Lights! Camera! Action!

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Since our school wide theme this year is Lights! Camera! Action!, this unit is movie themed and we focused on live action kids movies. The sensory groups explored boxes related to specific movies. The fine motor groups made movie themed art projects and the language group watched movie clips.

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

Our Jumanji umbrella was a hit with the students! There was a little pop-up screen (ours was actually just an index card)from the movie that listed a character’s strength and weaknesses.

 

 

 

 

Music from the movie was recorded on a voice output device and there was a cute monkey finger puppet to add to the fun.

Pressing the voice output device allows the students to observe and recognize a predictable cause-effect relationship related to a science topic is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

This Star Wars box had a lot of fun items including some character items and figures. We also included a Darth Vader mask and a small light saber that made noise and flashed lights—-very cool!

 

 

 

The language access point identify characters or objects in familiar stories can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We made our own little Jurassic Park with kinetic sand and some plastic dinosaurs. There were also some plastic plants and rocks.

 

 

 

 

Recognize objects related to science by name, such as animal or plant can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

There were lots of fun things to explore in this box!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were 4 letter P’s to find in our Pink Power Ranger sand. We also included a fun sifter scoop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Track a falling object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indiana Jones may not like SNAKES, but our students sure had fun finding the 5 we hid in this box of lentils.

The lentils not only looked cool but were so much fun to run hands and fingers through!

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was a fun Superman toy to fly around in the fluffy shaving cream clouds on our messy play tray.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

There were little duck pirates floating around in our little Caribbean Sea. Of course, we used our old aquarium “shipwreck” to help set the scene. Fun scoop and pour fun to be had here.

 

 

 

 

Recognize differences in the sizes of containers that hold liquids is a math access point that can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

It was hard coming up with a scent for this week—-since we don’t have any popcorn scented lotion 🙂 We decided to use Bath and Body Works moonlit path scent. Many action movies have night scenes, so we thought it kind of worked……

 

 

 

The students liked the scent and did a great job of using the communication boards to indicate where they wanted it placed.

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

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Wednesday we made our own Hollywood Walk of Fame!

Using communication symbols, the students identified a star.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then they used glue spreaders to spread glue all over the star. We just got these in and they worked pretty well!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, we sang our glitter song while adding gold glitter to the star. Shake shake shake that glitter 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

The students added their picture to the middle of the star, then glued that down on to a piece of grey paper.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our very own Hollywood stars!

 

 

 

 

On Thursday the student made movie posters using this:Jurassic Park

First, using communication symbols the students identified the shape of their paper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then they chose the 3 colors they were going to use to color their poster (a free dinosaur coloring page we printed out).

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students used either crayons or markers to decorate their posters. We had to remind some of them to use all 3 colors.

 

 

 

 

 

Recognize a change in the appearance of an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

Then they glued THEMSELVES on to their poster and the poster on to the marquee!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION!

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

Since our theme is all about movies this week we had to watch a movie! Of course, if you watch a movie you have to MAKE popcorn!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First, we had to OPEN the box.

We counted 3 bags and decided that since we have a small class 1 bag would be enough for everyone.

One of the students got to HELP microwave the popcorn—-closely supervised of course!

 

 

 

 

 

While we were waiting for the popcorn to cook we drank some soda (flavored sparkling water). We took the can out of the refrigerator and the students touched it and told us whether it was COLD or WARM.

Recognize objects as warm or cold is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

After they tasted the soda, the students let us know whether they LIKED it or DID NOT LIKE it. Most of the students thought it tasted pretty good…..

 

 

 

 

 

others not so much 🙂

 

 

 

 

After the popcorn was cooked we let the bag cool for a bit, so it was safe to touch then asked the students whether it was WARM or COLD.

Again, recognize objects as warm or cold is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We counted out bowls and then put a little popcorn in each bowl. The students used communication symbols or verbalized if they wanted MORE popcorn in their bowls.

Indicate desire for more of an object is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally! Time to kick back, eat some popcorn, and watch the movie!

 

 

 

 

 

 

This language group was a HIT!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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