To start the new year, we decided to take a look back——–WAY back, all the way to the 1950’s! The sensory groups explored boxes related to different facts from the decade. The fine motor groups made some cool art projects and the language group made a 1950’s inspired recipe.
We put the numbers 1 9 5 0 in this rice box. In addition to running their fingers through the rice, the students had fun scooping it up and adding it to a small metal cup.
Math access point: solve problems involving small quantities of objects or actions, using language, such as enough, too much, or more.
Our outer space black beans and rice contained our nod to NASA which was started in 1958.
There was a cool rocket toy that had a spinning astronaut and flashing lights when the button was pushed.
Science access point: distinguish between objects in motion (kinetic energy) and at rest.
Disney Land and the Mickey Mouse Club tv show both had their start in 1955.
There were lots of fun things to find in this box, including Disney character figures, colorful beads, and a VOD that had the Mickey Mouse song recorded on it.
Social studies access point: recognize a character in a story that is not real.
Elvis had a hit with the song Heartbreak Hotel in 1956.
The students made both BIG and LITTLE hearts in red moon sand.
Math access point: recognize the larger of two objects.
TV dinners were first introduced in 1953. Since they had foil trays and covers, we thought it would be fun to have a box with a foil. This space blanket was the perfect choice.
It was fun to throw up in the air and made a fun crackling noise when crunched—–it was a huge hit with the students!
Science access point: recognize and respond to different types of sensory stimuli.
A couple more photos—–this was a really fun experience for the students!
Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay made it to the top of Mount Everest in 1953.
The students swirled snowy shaving foam around a laminated mountain top for messy play this week.
Science access point: apply a push to move an object.
20000 League Under the Sea was a movie released in 1954.
Our water play contained a little submarine and a variety of sea animals—-including a giant squid!
Science access point: match living things with their habitats.
Hawaii became the 50th state in 1959! This inspired us to use Bath and Body Works pineapple as our scent this week.
The sweet aroma was a big hit with the students.
Science access point: recognize one or more external body parts.
FINE MOTOR GROUP
On Wednesday the students made Mount Everest models and then put themselves on the mountain using this template: mountain climber template
First, the students identified the shape of their poster board mountain. They also identified the shape of a tissue box that would be used for the project.
Math access point: recognize objects with two-dimensional shapes.
Then they added “snow” (a mixture of glue and shaving cream) to their triangle.
Science access point: recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move.
Next, they put themselves on to the mountain. Since there was glue in our snow mixture, we didn’t need extra glue!
The mountain was hot glued (by an adult) on to the tissue box to help it stand up and…..
TA DA from the top of the world!!!
We climbed Mount Everest!!!!
On Thursday the students gave themselves a new look using this: elvis hair template
First, the students identified the color of the yarn we were going to use for the project.
Science access point: identify objects by one observable property, such as color.
Then, using regular, adapted, or switch operated scissors, the students snipped pieces of yarn.
Math access point: solve problems involving small quantities of objects or actions using language, such as enough, too much, or more.
Glue spreaders were used to spread glue around the black poster board hair template and applied their pieces of yarn.
Math access point: recognize when an object is added to a situation.
Don’t tread on our blue suede shoes!
We made a yummy treat that was popular in the ’50s: jello salad! Here is the recipe that we used: let_s make blueberry vanilla jello salad
(The words that are capitalized are the targeted words on the communication boards)
We started by talking about how we were going to MAKE a jello salad, noting that this type of salad is DIFFERENT from the salad that we usually eat.
First, we PUT a box of vanilla instant pudding mix into a BOWL. One of our students indicated they WANTed to HELP by raising their hand and indicating HELP.
Next, we PUT vanilla yogurt into the BOWL. We had 2 students HELP with this since the container was big. We had to STIR the ingredients together.
After that, we PUT cool whip in and STIRRED that together as well.
Finally, we added some blueberries and STIRRED those in, first talking about how the bag of frozen blueberries felt COLD.
We LOOKed at the ingredients and saw that the color was becoming DIFFERENT, going from white to a purple color.
Each student had to request some of the jello salad by indicating WANT. They were only given a small amount, so they had to request MORE if they wanted more than what they got. A spoon was not given to them either, which prompted them to request a SPOON as well.
We’re thinking these kiddos really LIKED their ’50s treat! What do you think? 🙂
Join us again next time for more fun and learning——Group by Group!
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