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We Salute The Troops

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We learned about our armed forces this week. The sensory groups explored boxes dedicated to different services branches. The fine motor groups decorated service vehicles with camouflage and the language group made a patriotic treat.

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

This box was dedicated to animal mascots—-goat for the Navy, bulldog for the Marines, bear for the Coast Guard, mule for the Army, and falcon for the Air Force. There were plush or laminated pictures of each of the mascots in this box. The Marine Corps hymn was recorded on a voice out put device and also placed in this box.

 

Social studies access point: recognize a patriotic song.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A little Coast Guard ship roamed around this blue kinetic sand ocean.

 

 

 

 

 

Science access point: recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move.

 

 

 

 

There were 6 (3 in green and 3 in desert uniforms) Army soldiers to find in this box of “camouflage” beans. It was made by combining a variety of dried beans and we think it looks pretty cool.

 

 

 

 

Math access point: solve simple problems involving joining sets of objects with the same quantity to 3.

 

 

 

 

We went pretty patriotic with the play dough this week—-we had red, white, and blue! The students used cookie cutters with letter M (for Marines) and a star shape.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Our rice was red, white, and blue too! There was a picture of planes to find at the bottom of the box and a little plane to fly around in the rice. There were also 3 letter A’s—-for Air Force.

 

 

 

Science access point: identify object by one observable property, such as shape.

 

 

 

 

A little Air Force jet flew around in some fluffy shaving cream clouds for our messy play this week.

 

 

 

 

 

Science access point: track objects in motion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Navy ship and a Navy submarine floated around our ocean. There were 2 different sized measuring cups included for scooping fun.

 

 

 

 

Math access point: recognize differences in sizes of containers that hold liquids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We went with Bath and Body Works ocean scent this week—-in honor of the Navy and Coast Guard armed forces.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Wednesday the students tore green, brown, and tan paper into pieces and glued them onto an Army transport truck using this template: army truck

First, using communication symbols the students identified the colors BLACK, GREEN, and BROWN.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

They tore BIG pieces paper into SMALL pieces.

Math access point: recognize differences in size of objects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then they glued the pieces of paper DOWN on to their trucks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science access point: recognize a change in the appearance of an object.

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go ARMY!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday the students painted fighter jets using this template: fighter jet

First, they identified the colors of the paint.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

After paint was added to a stamper, the students stamped UP and DOWN on their jets. We made the stampers by adding foam stickers to some kitchen scrubbers.

 

 

Math access point: recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship, such as up and down.

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Go Air Force!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

In honor of Veterans Day, we made some edible American flags during the language group.  Here is the recipe that we used: Let_s Make Edible American Flags

We started by each student getting 1 graham cracker.  In order to get the graham cracker, they had to request it using WANT and then pointing to the picture of the graham cracker.  When asked where the graham cracker should be put, our students had to indicate PUT and then point to the picture of the plate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, each student got a spoonful of vanilla frosting.  They had to spread it on the cracker, asking for HELP if they needed it.

Once it was spread, each student got to lick the spoon.  They had to indicate whether it tasted SWEET or SOUR.

 

 

 

 

Each student then got 4 blueberries.  If they were not given the entire amount, they had to request MORE.  They had to follow the direction to PUT the blueberries in the top left corner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, they each got some cut up strawberries.  They had to follow the direction to PUT the strawberries in lines on the cracker.  If they did not have enough, they had to request MORE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once they were ALL DONE, they had to indicate that they wanted to EAT the edible flag.

Yummy AND patriotic!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Royal Wedding

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Like millions of others, we were glued to the tv watching Harry and Meghan get married last week. It was so fabulous, that we decided to pick it as our theme this week. Our sensory groups explored wedding related boxes. The fine motor groups made colorful art projects using tissue paper and the language group hosted the big event—-our very own Royal Wedding!

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

Since love is the reason people get married in the first place, we figured we needed to put hearts somewhere in this unit! Our students stamped hearts in red moon sand with two different sized cookie cutters.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Meghan Markle is from the USA. This all American box contained patriotic garland, flags, a bald eagle……..

 

 

 

 

 

……….and other patriotic plush toys.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

The hat was a hit 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Prince Harry is from England. In his box we placed British flag garland, a zipper bag with the flag, plush toys, a small flag, and a double decker bus.

 

 

 

Again, associate an object or symbol with a location is social studies access point.

 

 

 

 

In this box filled with red rose petals we put in a variety of items associated with weddings. There was a tiara, top hat, pearls, “diamond” rings, play food, and some scraps of organza and lace. We also included the wedding march recorded on a voice output device.

 

 

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

The top hat was pretty popular too—–

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

———-our students can totally rock a hat!

 

 

 

 

 

People often throw rice or confetti at weddings. We combined the two with our confetti colored rice! There were letter W’s to find as well as a picture of a bride and groom at the bottom of the box.

 

 

 

Recognize two objects that are the same size or shape is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

The students had fun decorating our laminated wedding cake with oobleck—-our version of royal icing 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

We used Philosophy’s wedding cake scent for our water play. We put in some floating light up flowers and a fun teapot.

 

 

 

 

 

The science access point track objects in motion can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

To finish we used Bath and Body Works vanilla sugar scented lotion—-it smells like cake. A totally yummy scent that left our students with delicious wedding memories!

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday the students made wedding bouquets! We made the base of it by hot gluing a cardboard roll to a paper plate.

We discussed the shape of our paper plate and the students identified its shape using communication symbols.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Next, they tore pieces of tissue paper and then crumpled up the pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Then they dipped their tissue paper balls in glue and attached them to the paper plate.

We used tissue paper from “presents past” so this whole project was practically free!

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look who caught the bouquet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the students decorated this wedding cake: wedding cake template

First, they identified the shape found in the wedding cake.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Then they tore tissue paper into pieces—-they kind of had fun with this part 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

The students dipped their tissue paper balls in glue and began decorating their wedding cakes.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time to cut the cake!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We had lots of fun this week during our language group!  Since we were talking about the royal wedding, we decided to recreate it with a little mock wedding of our own.

Two of our students in the language group got to play the parts of the bride and groom.  Before the wedding, official invitations were given out to classrooms and staff.  They even included a little jar of bubbles so that they could use them during the procession.

After reading the book, the “bride”, “groom”, and wedding party got ready for the big procession. We think the “bride” and “groom” had lots of fun being the center of attention 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

The bridesmaids led the procession through the elementary building halls while the spectators watched and blew bubbles.

We played the traditional “Wedding March” recorded on a voice output device.

 

 

It was very exciting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone  followed the wedding party to the reception where they got to request to have some of the wedding cake, or chips (for those who aren’t really into sweets).

 

 

 

There was also some sparkling,fizzy punch!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Danni made the beautiful wedding cake and Ms. Ellen loaned us the fabulous Harry and Meghan banner behind it!

Ms. Jane, our principal, couldn’t pass up the opportunity to attend the festivities!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The guests got to dance the day away with some Kidz Bop music that played in the background.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A good time was had by all!

 

 

 

 

 

We even had a fun photo booth where other students could “dress up” like a bride and groom.

So cute!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The adults had to join in the fun as well, of course!

Lots of happy couples 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was a royal event that we’ll remember for a long time 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Norway

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This week we headed to the land of trolls and vikings—–Norway! Joy got to travel there last summer and shared some photos as well as a few goodies to put in the sensory boxes!

Since May 17 is Norway’s National Constitution Day, it was the perfect time for this unit. The sensory groups explored boxes related to facts about Norway. The fine motor groups made Nordic inspired crafts and the language group made a treat with fruit found in Norway.

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

Red, white, and blue rice represented the colors of the Norwegian flag. There were letter N’s and a map of Norway to find in this box.

 

 

 

 

 

Recognize two objects that are identical to each other is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The base of this box was red, white, and blue paper shred. Items associated with Norway filled the box including an actual flag, a viking ship, a troll, an elk, and a voice output device with music from Edvard Grieg—-a famous Norwegian composer!

 

 

The social studies access point associate an object, picture, or symbol with a location can be addressed here.

 

The hat was pretty popular 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The national flower of Norway is the purple heather. Since we didn’t have a heather shaped cookie cutter we used a generic one for the students to use to make their own bouquets out of purple Bubber.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Trolls are another symbol of Norway. There were 3 different  laminated trolls to hide in our grey Floam mountain.

 

 

 

 

 

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

We used our green light box to represent the northern lights which are visible in parts of Norway! Some of the lights we used faded in and out which added to the effect—-while not as amazing as the real thing, we thought it looked pretty cool!

 

 

Recognize sources of light is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

Winter brings lots of snow to Norway—-so time for an Insta Snow box 🙂

We love this stuff!

 

 

 

 

We put in a couple of different sized scoops, so the students could build their own snowballs.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our water play had lots of fun things this week! The students made their own waterfalls using the water wheel we placed here. We also included a little fishing boat and cute little whale to swim about.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

We learned that aspen trees grow in Norway and since we had a Bath and Body Works products called caramel aspen, we decided to use that as our scent this week. Not sure it smelled like a tree but its sweet smell was popular with the students 🙂

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday the students made trolls using this: troll template

First, they identified the color of their troll using communication symbols.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They squeezed glue on to their troll.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then they spread the glue with a sponge brush.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

We touched the yarn that we were going to use for the troll’s hair—-it felt SOFT!

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then they sprinkled pieces of purple yarn on to the glue. Some of our students had fun watching the yarn as it was drifted down on to the glue!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Ta Da!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trolls!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the students made a Viking ship using this: viking ship

We also used this stamper we cut from a household sponge and attached to this acrylic freebie (we aren’t really sure what its original use was!).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First, the students identified the shape of the sail using communication symbols.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

We also identified the color of our paint.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students stamped their sail one time and then we asked them if we needed to do it MORE.

 

 

 

 

 

Solve problems involving small quantities of objects or actions using language, such as enough, too much, or more is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

Then the students applied glue to the sides of their boats and glued them to a paper towel roll.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

The sail was added by slipping the mast (we used a straw) into a precut hole in the paper towel tube and TA DA…….

 

 

 

 

 

The Vikings are coming!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We celebrated Norwegian Constitution Day during our language group this week since it fell right on the day that it’s celebrated in Norway!  We read that during this day, Norwegians eat a lot of ice cream, so we decided to make some of our own.  Here is our (very easy!) ice cream recipe: Let_s Make Strawberry Ice Cream

We started out by PUTTING French vanilla coffee creamer into the food processor.  Since there are only 2 (!) ingredients in this recipe, we only put in 1 cup of each ingredient at a time so that more of our students could help with the process.  Of course, if they wanted to help, they had to indicate HELP on their board as well as hold up their hand.

 

 

 

 

 

Then we added some frozen strawberries.  Each student got to feel the bag of strawberries first and had to locate COLD on their board.  We talked about how the strawberries were in the freezer and that was why they were so cold.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Four different students got to HELP PUT the strawberries in the food processor since it called for 4 cups.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

After that, we put the top on the food processor and each student HELPED press the wireless switch to turn on the food processor.  Each time a student was ALL DONE with their turn, other students would have to indicate that the food processor needed to be turned on MORE.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Finally, we counted out how many friends we had so that we could get the same amount of bowls out.

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each student had to request the ice cream by indicating WANT and/or EAT.

 

 

 

 

 

This recipe was enjoyed by all!!  We were surprised by how easy it was…and delicious!

 

 

 

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Let’s Go To The Zoo

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The weather is beautiful so what better time to take a trip to the zoo! The students had a blast dressing up as different animals for our book and the rest of our activities were just as much fun! The sensory group explored boxes with lots of animals. The fine motor groups made animal art projects and the language group made a tasty treat.

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

This box was FILLED with zoo related items including plush and plastic animals. There were some sunglasses and an elephant visor—-in case of a sunny day! Other items included a little zookeeper, the word ZOO, a toy camera, some faux snake skin fabric, and some play food—-WOW so much to discover!

 

Recognize a model of a real object is a science access point. Recognize objects related to science by name is also a science access point that can be addressed here.

The students totally rocked those sunglasses 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students sorted these really eye catching pompoms into ZEBRA and TIGER piles. We included plastic animal figures by the respective dishes to provide an additional cue.

 

 

Match objects with similar observable properties is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

There was more matching going on in this box. This time the students matched the fake fun pieces to a little plush animal. The fake fur pieces were a real hit with the students!

 

 

 

Again, the science access point match objects with similar observable properties is addressed.

 

 

 

 

We thought that birdseed was pretty fitting for a unit on the zoo—-it is certainly something you might see there or even feed to some of the animals. There were letters to find that spelled the word ZOO. We also included a measuring cup and spoon for scooping fun!

 

 

Recognize that animals eat food is a science access point that can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

The students cut bears and lions out of yellow play dough using cookie cutters. The bright yellow color was very eye catching!

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

An ice cream snack might be the perfect treat while exploring the zoo on a hot day! To make our shaving cream look a little more like the real thing and add a bit of color, we added some candy sprinkles. As usual, the students had a blast!

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Messy hands were rinsed in banana scented water filled with some fun animal bath toys (both the bubble bath and toys were found at Walmart). The students had lots of fun here!

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Banana scented lotion—-found at World Market but no longer carried by them 🙂 This was a really strong scent that left our students smelling really YUMMY!

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday the students made giraffes using this: giraffe

First, we identified the color of our paper using communication symbols.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Then they gave their giraffe its spots using a rolling pin covered with sticky backed foam circles!

 

 

 

 

We just put some brown paint on the circles and let the student go to town 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We added 2 googlie eyes! Most of the students needed a little help with this part.

 

 

 

 

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

The giraffe was glued to a wooden paint stirrer and…….

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!!!

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the students made tigers using this: tiger

First we identified the color of our paper using communication symbols.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then they gave the tiger its strips using a rolling pin—-this time covered in rubber bands! Thank you Pinterest 🙂

The students had fun with this part!

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

The tiger was glued to a piece of green paper by the adults —-to make sure the paint wasn’t smeared—-but the students identified its shape first!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We added 2 googlie eyes—–colorful ones we found at Dollar Tree!

 

 

 

 

 

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s go to the zoo!

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We had a sweet treat that we think went right along with our zoo theme.  Here is the recipe we used: Let_s Make Zebra Mousse

 

 

We started out by having our students indicate MAKE on their communication boards to indicate that we were making a recipe.

Our first ingredient was heavy whipping cream.  Since we had to PUT in 2 cups of it, 2 students got to HELP.  After one cup was put into the bowl, our students had to indicate that we needed MORE.

Solve problems involving small quantities of objects or actions using language such as enough, too much, or more is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

Next, we PUT some powdered sugar in the bowl.  Again, the student who wanted to help had to raise their hand and also indicate HELP on their board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each student got to press the wireless switch to turn on the mixer.  It took a while for the ingredients to get firm so our students had to indicate MORE each time the switch was passed along to indicate that we had more mixing to do.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

We added 3 tbsp of cocoa powder next, so we had 3 different students HELP put it into the bowl.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

We counted out how many cups we needed.  Each student indicated the number 6.

 

 

 

 

 

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

The chocolate mousse and whipped cream was layered in cups to resemble zebra stripes.

 

 

 

 

 

This snack was definitely a hit with all of our students.  Even the picky eaters!

 

 

 

We all enjoyed our virtual trip to the zoo!

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Women’s History Month

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March is Women’s history month and March 8 was International Women’s Day so this week we chose to learn a little bit about some women who have made history. The sensory group boxes, fine motor group art projects, and the language group’s healthy snack, are all related to women featured in our book!

We had fun and learned a lot!

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

Ellen Ochoa is the first female Hispanic astronaut! This space themed box was filled with some “outer space” black beans. We added a little astronaut and some stars to find.

 

 

 

 

Recognize a space related object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

Muriel Siebert was the first women to be on the New York Stock Exchange. There were all sorts of money related items in this box including some play money, a coin filled discovery bottle, and a wallet. They really had fun with this box!

 

 

The social studies access point identify coins as money that can be used to buy things can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

Oprah is a multimedia giant—-actor, producer, talk show host, and philanthropist! One of her best known roles was in the movie The Color Purple so we chose purple kinetic sand and a letter O stamp for her box.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Misty Copeland is the first African American woman promoted to principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater. Her box is filled with swatches of tulle and satin, some ballet shoes, and a tiara.

 

 

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

We also put in a stretchy tutu that doubled as a very fun hat 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beyonce is one of the most well known singer/songwriters of today! We recorded one of her songs on a voice output device then put in some musical instruments so our students could play along.

 

 

Recognize objects that create sounds is a science access point.

We also included some cool sunglasses——-

 

 

 

 

——–which our students totally rocked of course!

 

 

 

 

We recently watched Chloe Kim become the youngest woman to win an Olympic gold medal in the half pipe snowboarding event! We thought she was amazing!! The students had fun making their own “snowboard” trails through our shaving cream “snow”.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Natalie Coughlin is a swimmer who has won 12 Olympic medals and was the first ever woman to swim the 100 meter backstroke in less than a minute—-how cool is that! There were foam numbers 1 0 0 to scoop out of the water this week.

The math access point associate quantities with number names can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

Our fruity raspberry scent from Bath and Body Works reminded us of farm to table item that Alice Waters might serve at her restaurant. The aroma was sweet—-just like our students 🙂

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday as another nod to Alice Waters, we chose some healthy apples to PAINT with rather than eat this week!

First our students identified the shape of the paper we were using and then it’s color. They also identified the color of our paint.

 

 

 

 

Identify objects by one observable property, such as color is a science access point. Recognize an object with a two-dimensional shape is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

To make it easier for our students to hold the apple we inserted a fork into it then we asked the students to stamp UP and DOWN.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

TA DA!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are celebrating Women’s History Month!

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday we made some scales—-like those that represent the Supreme Court Judge Sandra Day O’Conner!

First the students identified the shape of the our kleenex boxes.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Then the students used colorful markers to decorate their boxes.

 

 

 

 

The science access points recognize a change in an object and recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move, both can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

Our scales (made from some cut up cereal boxes, paper plates, and yarn by our wonderful volunteers) were attached with brads by the adults then we got to try them out! The students were pretty fascinated with seeing how their scales worked!

The math access point describe objects in terms of measurable attributes (longer, shorted, heavier, lighter, etc.) is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

TA DA!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are celebrating Women’s History Month!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

Michelle Obama launched a campaign to end childhood obesity while she was First Lady of the U.S. so we thought a healthy treat would be a great snack to make this week!

Here is what we used throughout the activity: Let_s Make A Healthy Parfait

We started out a little bit backwards today by counting out how many cups we needed for our snack.  We counted out 7 cups for 7 students.

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before we put together the first step of the parfait, our students had to choose the healthier food item: yogurt or ice cream.  This can be a little bit challenging, especially since some students like to pick what they’d LIKE to eat rather than what’s BETTER for us to eat 🙂

 

 

Once they chose the correct ingredient, it was put into the cups.  Next, we moved on to choosing whether chocolate chips or strawberries was the healthier choice.  Once we decided the correct ingredient, that was put into the cups.

 

 

 

 

Next up was oreos or cheerios.  Again, the healthier choice was added to the cup.

Finally, our students had to indicate whether honey or chocolate sauce was healthier.  (You can really see which kiddos love the sweets more with these types of quizzes!).  Of course, the honey went on top.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each student had to request that they WANTED their snack before they got it.

 

 

 

 

 

Healthy choices aren’t so bad after all——–YUM!

 

 

 

We had fun celebrating Women’s History Month and hope you did too! Our spring break is coming up so we will be back in two weeks for more fun and learning—–Group by Group!

 

Taiwan

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We were lucky enough to be visited by an acrobatic school group from Taiwan. They were absolutely amazing and made us want to find out more about their country. Our sensory groups explored boxes related to facts about the country. The fine motor groups decorated dragons to use in dragon boat races hosted by the language group.

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

Red, white, and blue are the colors found in the Taiwanese flag so we had our students sort pompoms in those colors. We included a laminated flag for reference.

 

 

 

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

The math access point recognize three-dimensional, such as balls (spheres), can also be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

We used a bird shaped cookie cutter in blue moon sand to represent the Blue Magpie which is the national bird of Taiwan.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Tea is a popular drink in Taiwan. Our box of tea contained the letters T-E-A for our students to find as well as a map at the bottom of the box. There were also 2 different sized spoons which made for lots of scooping fun.

 

 

 

Recognize similarities and differences in sizes of objects is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

The Formosan Black Bear is the national animal of Taiwan. The students really liked the feel of the black bear “fur” and cuddling with the cute plush black bear cub.

 

 

 

Recognize objects related to science by name, such as ice, animal, and plant, is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

Ang Li, who is from Taiwan, directed the movie The Hulk.  Our green kinetic sand was definitely the right pick for this box. Since we didn’t have a Hulk action figure on hand, we made our own laminated one and the students seemed pretty happy with what we came up with.

 

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

 

 

 

 

We practiced making the letter T for Taiwan and had lots of fun scribbling in the shaving cream this week.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Taiwan is made up of lots of islands so fishing is an important part of the economy. We put different sized scoops and two cute little squirting fish in the water play this week.

This turned out to be a really fun activity and the students had a blast.

 

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

 

 

 

 

Plum blossoms are a symbol of Taiwan so we used Victoria’s Secret plum scented bath gel and lotion this week. The light floral scent was really popular with the students.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

Joy drew these dragons on poster board and gave each of the classes one to decorate. Two of our classes decorated theirs during Fine Motor group time.

 

On Tuesday the students decorated their dragon in their team color—-PURPLE.

First the students identified the color purple using communication symbols.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Then we stamped UP and DOWN with a bubble wrapped stamper. Most of the students needed a little assistance with this but they were all very engaged in the activity!

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

We sprinkled on some confetti for a little added sparkle.

 

 

 

 

Recognize a change in an object is a science access point that can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!

 

 

 

 

 

The Purple Dragons are ready to rumble!

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the Pink team decorated their dragons.

First, we identified the color of our markers using communication symbols.

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

We also identified the number 3 because each student was asked to draw 3 lines on the dragon.

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

A variety of PINK markers were used for this activity and the students were encouraged to draw straight lines but, of course, any effort was applauded 🙂

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

We sang our glitter song while adding some PINK glitter.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We used both regular and adaptive scissors to cut some Pink paper streamers and attached them to the dragon.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!

 

 

 

 

 

Hear those Pink Dragons ROAR!!!

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We had LOTS of fun in the language group this week.  We learned that each year, Taiwan has a big Dragon Boat race so we thought it’d be fun to have our OWN dragon race. Each elementary classroom chose their team color.

 

 

 

 

Before we began racing, we talked to the students about going FAST in the race.

Recognize a motion as FAST or SLOW is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

Everyone had to wait until they saw the signal to GO (we used the Pixon communication symbol for “go”)

 

 

 

 

…………..and they were off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All the students and teachers ran down until they got to the red ribbon finish line.

 

 

 

 

 

We have some really fast teachers and students!

 

 

 

 

The competition was fierce…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

…..and there were some close finishes!

 

 

 

 

We talked about who was the fastest and won the race.  The top 2 fastest classes won trophies and the other classes each won medals.

 

 

 

 

The pictures can’t begin to capture all of the fun we had at the race lol!  We might have to make this an annual event as well 🙂

 

 

Join us again next week for more fun and learning

                               Group by Group!

Our 5 Senses

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Our students are learning about body systems with their Unique Curriculum this month. This was perfect timing for a unit on our 5 senses. Our sensory groups explored some fun multi-sensory boxes. The fine motor groups made art projects that were multi-sensory, and the language group explored their favorite sense—–taste 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

Light toys are extremely  popular with our students and the ones in this box were no exception.  Our toys not only lit up but some of them even vibrated! Not only vision, but the sense of touch and hearing were stimulated here.

 

 

 

Recognize sources of light is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

The students had a blast using their muscles to stretch these different textured toys. Not only did they stretch, but some of the toys made noise or vibrated also—-too cool!

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

This box was all about sound. All these toys made noise either shaking, spinning, or squeezing. There was a LOT of fun to be had here! The little bear that “sang” when his tummy was squeezed was a particular favorite.

 

Recognize objects that create sounds is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

Our multi-colored pasta was not only visually eye catching but made noise when little hands dove in or the box was shaken. We had letters for the students to find and match. The letters corresponded to the different senses, ex. T for TASTE and S for SEE.

 

 

Recognize objects that are identical to each other is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

We put a variety of textures in this box—-rough, smooth, hard, soft, etc. In addition, some of the toys made noise such as the crinkly snowman toy. The students were  pretty intrigued with the blue plexiglass window and the vibrating crab toy which produced LOTS of giggles!

 

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

 

 

 

 

Pop rocks were added to our shaving cream to add a sound element. We found that while it somewhat worked, the pop rocks work better in a wetter substance such as when we have put them in oobleck. The students still had fun and the pop rocks added an additional textural component.

 

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

 

 

 

 

A light toy was added to our water play in addition to a spinning water wheel and scooping cups. There was a lot to explore and as usual, the students had lots of fun!

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

We wanted to have a pretty distinctive scent this week so we used Bath and BodyWorks eucalyptus spearmint. It was a strong scent that definitely captured their attention!

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday the students made a multi-sensory painting.

We started by identifying the shape of our paper using communication symbols.

Recognize objects with two-dimensional shapes, such as circle or square, is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before we added the scented essential oil to the paint we let the students smell it. We used sandalwood scent which was pretty strong and our students weren’t quite sure what to make of it!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students used a variety of regular and adapted paint tools to spread paint around their paper.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

For additional texture, they sprinkled some fine pink sand on to the paint.

Track a falling object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!!!!!!!

We made some sensory art!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday after we discussed that our senses tell our brain about the world using nerve pathways that are all over our body. For their art project, the students made a painting of their nervous system using marbles and this: senses

First the students identified the color of the paint and counted the marbles.

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

 

 

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

Then for the fun part—–we closed the lid and they began shaking and turning the box!

 

 

 

 

The science access point recognize an action as fast or slow can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!!!!

This is our nervous system!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We explored our sense of taste this week in the language group.  We started out by taste testing things that were salty (chips), sweet (honey), and sour (lemon juice).

Each student took a turn tasting one item at a time.  They had to indicate whether it was salty, sweet, or sour using picture symbols that were provided.  They did pretty well with this exercise!

 

 

 

Use pictures, symbols, gestures/signs, or words to communicate meaning, is a language access point.

 

 

 

 

After our taste test, we made a treat that incorporated each kind of taste: Let_s Make A Salty, Sour, Sweet Treat

We started by putting the lemon pudding mix into a bowl.  We talked about how we needed a measuring cup to measure out the milk.  Our students observed how the white pudding powder turned yellow when the milk was poured into the bowl.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

Each student had a turn pushing the switch to turn on the mixer.  Our students had to indicate that we needed to mix MORE each time a student completed their turn.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Next, our students helped crush up some pretzel sticks.  They used a rolling pin to crush the pretzels.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

We counted out the cups we needed for each treat and identified the number 7.  Then we added some crushed pretzels to each cup and put some of the lemon pudding on top of the pretzels.

The math access point recognize the next step in a simple pattern or sequence of activities can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, our students requested whipped cream for the top.  Our taste buds were in for a treat!

YUM!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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