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Earth Day

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We celebrated Earth Day this week. The sensory groups explored boxes with a variety of colors and textures. The fine motor groups made some fun earth themed art projects and the language group made an earthy treat!

 

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

Neon blue food coloring and green glitter made our play dough very eye catching this week! We think the yellow tray we used added to the visual impact!

 

 

 

 

The students used a circle cookie cutter to cut out their own little earth models.

Science access point: recognize a change in an object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students sorted blue and green pompoms into matching bowls. Some of the students were able to do this independently, others needed a little help.

 

 

 

 

It was also fun to just see how many they could stuff into one bowl 🙂

Science access point: match objects with similar observable properties, such as size, shape, color, or texture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We used one of our space blankets for our aluminum recycling box!

 

 

 

 

 

The space blanket is a total multi-sensory experience—-it reflects light and makes noise when moved.

The students had a blast!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science access point: recognize and respond to different types of sensory stimuli.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was a base of recycled paper on to which we added plastic leaves, a rain stick, blue and green beads, silk flowers, and a variety of toy endangered animals. We also added other symbols things that help save our earth such as a “turn off the light” sign and a little toy trash can.

 

So much to discover in this box.

Science access point: use senses to recognize objects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our colorful blue earth day rice contained both upper and lower case letter E’s. The students had fun using the little rake we included.

 

 

 

 

There was also a picture of earth to find at the bottom of the box.

Science access point: recognize objects as the same.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fluffy shaving cream clouds swirled around a large laminated picture of the earth.

 

 

 

 

 

Our students were really intrigued with the effects they got as they pushed the shaving cream around.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hands were rinsed in a little sea filled with “trash”.

 

 

 

 

 

We included a sifter so the students could scoop out the trash and leave it nice and clean for the cute little whale swimming in our ocean.

Science access point: recognize ways that people can help improve the immediate environment, such as cleaning up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We chose Bath and Body Works mahogany teakwood for our scent this week because with 2 trees in the name it was the perfect choice for Earth Day!

 

 

 

The students liked the scent, but we are not sure how much it smelled like trees 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Wednesday, we made earth pictures using homemade puffy paint.

First, the students identified the shape of their plates.

Math access point: recognize an object with a two-dimensional shape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, they formed their own continents by dabbing a mixture of glue, shaving cream, and green food coloring on to their plates.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve got the whole world in our hands!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday, we made earth pictures using coffee filters.

First, we identified the colors of our markers and the shape of the coffee filter.

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

Math access point: recognize an object with a two-dimensional shape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students used both and green markers to color on a coffee filter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Next, they sprayed their coffee filters with a water bottle—this was fun!

 

 

 

 

 

Science access point: recognize a change in an  object.

 

 

 

 

 

We let the coffee filters dry a little bit and then glued them on to a black background and….

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!

Let’s celebrate Earth Day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We made a tasty Earth Day snack using this recipe: Let’s Make The Earth In A Cup

We started out by PUTTING 1 cup of heavy whipping cream into a bowl.  We talked about how 8 oz equals 1 cup.

Math access point: compare quantities using language, such as more, less, or the same.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, we added 10 drops of green food coloring to the whipping cream.  We had to STIR it up so the color would mix in.  We observed that it looked DIFFERENT after stirring in the green.

Science access point: recognize a change in an object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then we added some powdered sugar to it  and used the MIXER to mix it together.  Each student had a chance to turn on the mixer since it took a bit to form.

 

 

 

 

Science access point: share objects with a partner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once the whipped cream was done, we got out some pre-made blue Jell-o.  We talked about why we were using green whipped cream (the land) and blue Jell-O (the water). Then we layered the Jello-O and whipped cream.

Math access point: recognize the next step in a simple pattern or sequence of activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!  Earth in a cup!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yum!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Hope you find lots of ways to celebrate Earth Day! Join us again for more fun and learning—–Group by Group!

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We Hatched Some Baby Ducks

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One of our teachers, Ms. Emily, hatched some baby ducks in her class last year. It was such a hit school wide, that she is doing it again this year—–how cool is that! The sensory groups explored duck themed boxes. The fine motor groups made baby duck crafts and the language group visited Ms. Emily’s classroom to see the duck eggs!

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

We made our own duck egg incubator using some battery operated lights and some plastic  eggs.

 

 

 

 

It was a hit with the students!

Science access point: recognize a source of light.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duck and egg cookie cutters were used to cut out shapes in yellow play dough.

 

 

 

 

 

We made the play dough using our favorite internet recipe and added food coloring to get the perfect “duck yellow”.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were lots of plush ducks along, with a variety of plastic eggs in our “duck hotel”.  We even lined it with some bedding straw!

There was also a voice output device with some quacking ducks recorded on it.

 

 

So much cuteness to explore!

Math access point: recognize similarities and differences in size of common objects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ducks have feathers so we HAD to include some! There were 2 colorful feather boas in this box.

 

 

 

 

 

Fun to touch, shake, or wrap around your neck!

Science access point: recognize and respond to different types of sensory stimuli.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We hid 2 little baby ducks in this box of birdseed. The birdseed has such a cool texture and is so much fun to bury your hand into.

 

 

 

 

There was a small rake included to add to the fun.

Math access point: recognize 2 objects that are the same size or color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One big rubber duck swam around our blue oobleck pond.

 

 

 

 

 

Cool, quacky, fun!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were 4 colorful ducks floating in our water bin. We also included a measuring cup for scooping.

 

 

 

 

 

The ducks are actually alphabet ducks that when lined up, spell  D U C K!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For our scent this week we used Bath and Body Works Into the Wild in our water play, then their country chic scent lotion—it was the best we could up with to represent ducks 🙂

 

 

 

The students really loved the aroma and feel of the lotion.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday, we made paper bag baby duck puppets using this template: duck egg 1

First, we identified the color of our lunch bag.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We glued the duck egg shell to the BOTTOM of the bag and then glued the duck beak to the TOP of the bag.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, the students glued 2 eyes and 2 feather wings on to their puppets.

 

 

 

 

 

Associate quantities with number names.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA-quack quack-DA!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Such cute baby ducks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday, the students made their own hatching duck using this template: duck egg 2

First, we identified the color of our duck.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students glued a precut beak and 2 googlie eyes on a yellow oval piece of paper. Some of the students were able to do this independently but most of them needed a little help because the pieces were quite small.

 

 

 

Math access point: match one object to a designated space to show one-to-one correspondence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, the students used a kitchen scrubber to stamp UP and DOWN to apply paint to their duck eggs.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Adults helped assemble the project by attaching the bottom of the eggshell to a cup with a small hole cut in the bottom. An unsharpened pencil was pushed through the hole, then the duck head and eggshell top were taped to it.

 

TA DA!!!

Watch our baby ducks hatch!

We didn’t really catch the action with our photos but you can see by their faces, the students really got a kick out of sliding their ducks up and down to “hatch” 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We got to go and visit the new duck eggs!  After reading the book, we all walked to the Post Secondary building.  A nice little walk since it’s on the other side of the school!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each student got to LOOK at the eggs.  Ms. Emily told us that it was important that we keep the incubator shut because it has to stay at a certain temperature on the inside.

There were 32 eggs in the incubator.  Our students thought they looked pretty comfy inside there 🙂

 

 

 

 

After we came  back from visiting the eggs, each student had to indicate whether they saw eggs or ducks by touching the egg or the duck.

We’ll definitely be going back to check on those little duckies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was another great week but unfortunately the one where we had to say goodbye to our AWESOME intern Ms. Alisia. We wish her the best of luck with her future career as an Occupational Therapist!

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

Where We Go On CBI

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Our older students have the opportunity to go out into the community on a regular basis to practice independent functioning, communication, social, and academic skills. We call this Community Based Instruction. Our sensory groups explored boxes related to the different community locations. The fine motor groups made some fun art projects and the language group made frozen treats you might buy while out and about!

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

Students used cookie cutters to stamp B U S into school bus yellow moon sand.

 

 

 

 

School buses are used to transport the students to their various CBI destinations.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue and white rice represented one of the most popular CBI locations—— Walmart! There was a picture of a bus and another of a Walmart store to find at the bottom of the box.

 

 

 

There were also two different sized spoons to use for scooping fun!

Math access point: recognize differences in size of objects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another popular location is the Publix grocery store. Here the students purchase food/snacks for themselves or classroom activities.

 

 

 

 

We put a variety of fun food items—–some of which made noise when squeezed!

Science access point: recognize and respond to different types of sensory stimuli.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When going shopping, the one thing you need is MONEY!

 

 

 

 

 

There were different play money coins to find buried in this box of multicolored beans.

Science access point: recognize coins as money.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes our students get to participate in sporting events—-such as bowling or basketball.

 

 

 

 

 We thought that making balls out of bright yellow Floam would be a great representation of those activities.

Math access point: recognize a common three-dimensional object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Messy play represented the Community Arts program. We put some drops of food coloring in the shaving foam and let our artistic students mix it together.

 

 

 

This was a lot of fun but made for some multi-coloring fingers when done 🙂

Science access point: recognize a change in an object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many of our parks have a lake or water feature. Our water feature contained the letters C B I to scoop up. We also included some fun scoops.

 

 

 

 

Messy hands sometimes made some very colorful rinsing water!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bath and Body Works vanilla sugar scent reminded us of some yummy Publix cookies 🙂

 

 

 

 

It was definitely a hit!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Wednesday the students made a CBI map.

First, they identified the shape of their paper and the color of their marker.

Math access point: recognize an object with a two-dimensional shape.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They used the black marker to scribble roads on their maps.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Next, they used a paper cutter or scissors to cut out some of the most popular CBI stops.

Science access point: recognize a change in an object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They glued the pictures and a school bus (cut from the Ellison machine) on to their maps.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are ready……..

……..let’s go on CBI.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday the students made chicken nuggets—-a favorite treat to pick up on CBI.

First, the students identified the number 3 and the shape of our plate.

Math access point: associate quantities of number names.

 

 

 

Math access point: recognize an object with a two-dimensional shape.

 

 

 

 

 

Next, we mixed some rice krispies into our paint to give it texture and painted our 3 nuggets.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Since it is nice to have a little dipping sauce, we tinted some corn syrup and dripped a little of that on to the nuggets 🙂

The corn syrup will dry to a glassy finish.

Science access point: track objects that fall to the ground.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken nuggets—-YUMMY!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

Since shopping can tire us out, we made our own icees using this recipe: Let’s Make Strawberry Lemonade Icees

First we PUT 6 cups of ice into the blender.  We talked about the ice being COLD and why it was cold.

Each student got to HELP PUT some ice in the blender.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, we PUT some water into the blender.  We were going to TURN it on, but we saw that something was wrong.

 

 

 

 

 

Our students had to indicate that we needed the top on first.  We turned it on to crush up the ice some.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, we added some lemonade mix.  We observed that the color of our ice water was changing to a DIFFERENT color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, we PUT some strawberries with sugar into the blender.  Time to mix it up!

Each student got to HELP press the switch to TURN on the blender.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once it was ALL DONE, each student had to request an icee by indicating and/or saying WANT or DRINK.  They would also have to indicate that they wanted MORE.

Students told us if they thought the drink tasted SWEET or SOUR.

 

 

These were very tasty!  A good treat for all 🙂

 

 

 

It was a great week! Join us again next time for more fun and learning—–Group by Group!

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Green

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Between the first day of spring and St. Patrick’s day, March is all about GREEN! Our sensory groups explored monochromatic boxes with lots of different textures. Our fine motor groups used green paint to complete their art projects and the language group made a tasty green treat!

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

This first box contained a variety of green objects including beads, a shaker pompom, plastic leaves, a toy lizard, shamrocks, and a cute green frog puppet.

 

 

 

 

There were lots of different things to explore!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our green rice included some colorful contrasting beans. It was a very eye catching box with a real springtime feel! There were two different sized spoons for scooping fun.

 

 

 

 

There were also both upper and lower case letter G’s to find.

Science access point: match objects by one observable property, such as shape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using a cookie cutter, the students stamped letter G into bright green kinetic sand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also put in a fun dinosaur figure to find.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students loved squeezing and crumbling this green Bubber.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also included another cookie cutter——this time a shamrock!

Science access point: recognize a change in an object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our light box was very eye catching and a hit with the students.

 

 

 

 

 

We used a cut up green plastic file folder and hot glued it to the sides of a clear shoebox. The battery packs are attached to the lid with velcro.

Science access point: recognize sources of light.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green oobleck was super fun to explore. The green food coloring did tint fingers a little——- but Hulk hands are pretty cool 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

We love messy fun!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two different sized green scoops and a toy tugboat added to the fun of our water play. We scented the water with Bath and Body Works rain kissed leaves bath gel.

 

 

 

 

The scent seemed a perfect choice for this week!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The rain kissed leaves lotion had a light scent that the students really liked…..

 

 

 

 

 

…..whether rubbed on hands, arms, behind ears, or under chins!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Wednesday, the students used an adapted stamper to paint some green grass.

First, the students identified the shape of their paper and the color of their paint.

Math access point: recognize an object with a two-dimensional shape.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Next, the students stamped UP and DOWN.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Then, they chose a colorful butterfly to add to the scene.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome spring and……

……everything GREEN!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday, the students painted this green bug: bug template

First, they identified the color of the paint.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bug template was put in a clear box and the students added 3 paint colored marbles.

Time to shake, shake, shake that box!

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

We pulled the bug out and glued it DOWN on the background paper.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, the students added some chenille stem “legs”.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful green bugs!

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

Of course, we are making a GREEN treat for the language group.  This week we made green milkshakes using this recipe: Let’s Make A Green Milkshake

We started by TURNing the page to see the first step of the recipe.  Since it was ice cream, we let each student touch the container first and indicate that it felt COLD.  We talked about why it was cold as well and located the freezer.

Science access point: recognize objects or materials as warm or cold.

 

 

 

 

 

Then we measured out 2 cups of ice cream and PUT it in the BLENDER.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We measured out a cup of milk and PUT that in the BLENDER as well.  We observed that there is one cup of milk in a container of school milk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, we added some green food coloring.  Our students HELPed count out 10 drops.

Then we TURNed on the blender.  After each student, we asked if the milk shake was ALL DONE or if we needed to blend it some MORE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once it was all finished, we poured the milk shake into cups. Our students got to have some whipped cream and green sprinkles too.

 

 

 

 

Shake, shake, shake your sprinkles 🙂

 

 

 

 

Green milkshakes—–YUM!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Machines

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This goes along with the Unique Curriculum unit some of our students are learning about this month. The sensory group explored boxes related to different machines. The fine motor groups made machine themed art projects and the language group used machines to make a yummy snack.

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

School buses are machines that most of our students are familiar with. There were 2 different buses to find in the black beans of this box.

 

 

 

 

 

There was a small yellow school bus and a larger orange one—-which left us wondering where they drive orange buses!

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

 

 

 

 

 

Everybody loves trains! A train engine cookie cutter was included with blue moon sand so the students could stamp as many trains as they wanted!

 

 

 

 

Of course, they also loved the feel of the sand itself. Moon sand is so soft to the touch.

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

 

 

 

 

Construction vehicles are popular machines around here! There were 3 different toy construction vehicles to rearrange some coffee grounds and dried beans.

 

 

 

There was a picture of a simple machine to find at the bottom of the box.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A much smaller machine—-a pencil sharpener inspired this box! The students had fun “writing” in sawdust with a big giant pencil!

 

 

 

 

There were also two different sized scoops included to add to the fun.

Math access point: recognize similarities and differences in size of objects.

 

 

 

 

 

Battery operated fans provided wind power…..

 

 

 

 

 

and lots of giggles 🙂

Science access point: indicate awareness of air moving.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A toy airplane flew around fluffy shaving cream clouds.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Hands were rinsed under a spinning water wheel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our water wheel is always a hit with the students.

Science access point: recognize one way people use water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We added a twist to our scent this week. Special scratch and sniff cards that had oil and gasoline scents were presented first.

 

 

 

We all agreed we did not like these scents!

We then switched to pumpkin pie paradise from Bath and Works. Pumpkin pies are something you might use a machine to make 🙂

 

 

 

 

And much yummier smelling!

Science access point: recognize and respond to one type of sensory stimuli.

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Wednesday we made some big trucks!

First, the students identified the shapes of our art materials.

Math access point: recognize objects with two-dimensional shapes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, the students identified which rectangle was BIG and which was LITTLE.

Math access point: recognize differences in size of objects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The rectangles were glued down on a piece of paper starting with the LITTLE one, then gluing the BIG one beside it.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Next, we counted out 3 bottle cap “wheels” and glued them to the bottom of the truck.

 

 

 

 

Math access point: associate quantities with number names.

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We love machines!

Keep on trucking!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday the students made a clothes dryers using this template:dryer template

First, they identified the shapes of our materials.

Math access point:  recognize objects with two-dimensional shapes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We gave the students a circular piece of paper with clothes drawn on it and asked them to color the clothing with different colors.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

They glued their clothes circle on to a paper plate and then glued the paper plate and dryer clothes on to a large piece of paper.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We love machines—–

they help make our chores easier!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We used 2 different compound machines today when we made our recipe!  Here is the recipe we used: Let’s Make Dirt Cups

We started by talking about what we were going to MAKE.  One of our students was hesitant about this because of the name of the recipe, so we talked about the word edible again and students located EAT on their boards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First, we PUT instant chocolate pudding mix into a BOWL.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had to measure out 2 cups of milk.  Each student felt the bottle of milk and indicated that it was COLD.

 

 

 

 

 

We had a pint of milk, so we measured out 1 cup and then had to measure out 1 MORE.  We talked about how there are 2 cups in a pint.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We used our first compound machine, the mixer, to mix up the pudding.  Each student got to HELP press the wireless switch to TURN on the mixer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We got the pudding ready by mixing Cool Whip into it. The students helped stir the mixture and watched it change from a mix of colors to just one color.

 

 

 

 

 

We set the pudding aside and got out our 2nd compound machine, a food processor.  We PUT 5 Oreos into the food processor and TURNED it on.

One of our students got to HELP PUT the Oreo “dirt” on the tops of each treat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each student got a small amount of the pudding mix. They had to request MORE.

 

 

 

 

 

This dirt is yummy!

 

 

 

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Women in Sports

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March is Women’s History Month and this year we decided to take a look at some famous women in sports. The sensory groups explored boxes dedicated to some of the women featured in our book. Each box also contained a photo of the athlete. The fine motor groups made sports themed art projects and the language group hosted a sports event!

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

This box was filled with gold beads, reminding us of all the gold medals won by sprinter Wilma Rudolph.

 

 

 

 

 

Whether worn, shaken, or just explored the beads were a hit with the students.

Science access point: uses senses to recognize  objects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The students made their own basketballs out of orange Floam in this box dedicated to famous WNBA player Lisa Leslie.

 

 

 

 

 

Floam has a unique texture which many of our students find intriguing as they squeeze it into shapes.

Science access point: recognize a common three dimensional object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Thomas was the first woman to referee an NFL game. There were black, white, and striped pompoms to sort.

 

 

 

 

Of course, the students loved exploring the soft texture also.

Science access point: match objects with similar observable properties, such as size, shape, color, or texture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jackie Joyner Kersee is ranked as one of the greatest athletes of all time! She donned red, white, and blue to compete in four olympic games!

 

 

 

 

 

Our colorful rice contained two different size measuring cups for scooping fun.

Math access point: recognize differences in size of objects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since Chloe Kim competed in the winter olympics we filled her box with some insta snow. We also put in a rake and shovel, so the students could make their own half pipes!

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

The students made tracks in shaving foam. We put in a little car for them to race around their track like famous race car driver Janet Guthrie.

 

 

 

 

The students had a lot of fun with this, especially when we made engine sounds as the car raced around 🙂

Science access point: recognize that an object can move in different directions, such as left to right, straight line, and zigzag.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gertrude Ederle was the first woman to swim the English Channel—how cool is that! We put in some fish themed toys and pool noodles in her box.

 

 

 

 

The fish toys were especially fun as they had holes for water to drip through.

Science access point: recognize different containers that hold liquids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thinking of the flower blankets winning horses wear, we used Crabtree and Evelyn rose scent for our lotion this week.

 

 

 

While most of the adults were not fans of the scent, most of the students seemed to like the aroma!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Wednesday the students made basketballs. We have done this craft before but since it fit our theme so well, we did it again 🙂

First, the students identified the shape of their ball and the color of the paint we were going to use.

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

Math access point: recognize a common object with a two-dimensional shape.

 

 

 

 

 

The students stamped UP and DOWN using a bubble wrapped kitchen scrubber.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

The ball was glued on to a piece of paper and…..

 

 

 

 

 

TA DA!!!!

Let’s play ball!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday, the students made referee shirts.

First, they identified the color of their markers.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, they drew stripes on their shirts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the students used a switch operated drawing tool.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ta DA!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

These referees are ready for game day!!!!

Who is ready to play 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

Since we are talking about women in sports this week, we decided to have our own heptathlon!

We started out by having a parade of athletes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other students who were not participating were part of the crowd cheering everyone on.

 

 

 

 

 

For the first event, we had wheelchair relay races.  These were so fun!  Athletes racing had to WAIT until they saw the GO symbol and then they were off!  We talked about going FAST.

 

 

The winner was the first to cross the pink ribbon.

 

 

 

 

 

The next event we held was the javelin.  Our students had to THROW the pool noodle and see who could get it the FARTHEST.  Some of our students needed a little more help than others with throwing 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had another throwing event: the discus.  Again, our students had to THROW the “discus” and see which one went the farthest.  We’ve got some competitive kiddos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 4th event was the pool noodle hurdle.  Students had to step or jump OVER the pool noodles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Again, some students required a little more help than others, but they made it through!

 

 

 

 

 

Next, we held the snowboard balance event.  Students had to use good balance to stay up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was a difficult event, but they did wonderfully!

 

 

 

 

 

The 6th event, the trampoline high jump, was a fun event!  Jumpers had to see how HIGH they could get while jumping on the mini-trampoline.

 

 

 

 

 

Lots of fun!

 

 

 

 

 

Our 7th and final event was the bean bag archery event.  Students had to THROW the bean bags into the holes.  Awesome job!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Throughout our events we had students use sentence strips to say, “my turn”.

We also had ones with positive statements on them like “you did awesome”, “great job”, and “way to go” so that our students could cheer each other on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, we had the medal ceremony.  All participants received a medal or trophy for their hard work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are all winners!

 

 

 

 

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Aladdin

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This week we went with a fun theme—-Aladdin! The sensory group explored magical boxes. The fine motor groups made colorful art projects using recycled materials and the language group made some magic carpet treats!

 

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

Our magic carpet ride umbrella was colorful and eye catching! In addition to the Genie figure attached to the handle, there were Aladdin and Jasmine toy figures riding craft foam magic carpet to find.

 

 

 

To add to the experience, there was a voice output device with music from the movie.

Science access point: recognize a source of light.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We put a laminated picture of the Cave of Wonder for Aladdin and Abu to find as they trekked through kinetic sand.

 

 

 

 

At the bottom of the box there was also a picture of Aladdin.

Science access point: apply a push to move an object

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cave of Wonder contained many treasures—-just like our discovery bottles.

 

 

 

 

Sequins, beads, glitter swirled around and were pretty mesmerizing!

Science access point: distinguish between objects in motion and at rest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were 6 colorful relatives of Abu to find in this box of turquoise beans. We put in 2 green, 2 purple, and 2 orange monkeys.

 

 

 

 

Fun to find AND hook together!

Math access point: recognize when an object is added to or taken away from a situation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Rajah box was VERY eye catching and the students loved it! There were 2 big and 1 little tiger that were pretty well camouflaged in the orange rice and black beans.

 

 

 

 

A picture of Princess Jasmine could be found at the bottom of this box.

Math access point: recognize similarities and differences in size of common objects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food coloring gave our oobleck a genie-like tint this week!

 

 

 

 

 

It was fun to watch as it swirled around the tray or dripped off fingers!

Science access point: track objects in motion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hands were rinsed in Bath and Body Works jasmine-ginger scented water.

 

 

 

 

 

There was a letter A to find and 2 different scoops to use.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course, we used the matching lotion!

 

 

 

 

 

The scent was a little different and definitely intriguing to the students!

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

 

 

 

 

 

Most of the students liked the scent——-others not so much 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We remembered that there were fireworks in the movie Aladdin and since we had a big supply of bubble wrap, we decided to end our group with our own fireworks!

 

 

 

 

Whether in wheelchairs or rolling chairs…..

……….. the students had a BLAST 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Wednesday the students made magic carpets!

First, they identified the shape of their cardboard (we used cut up cereal boxes).

Math access point: recognize objects with a two-dimensional shape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then the student tore pieces of tissue paper. We gather our tissue from presents past, such as a recent baby shower 🙂

Science access point: recognize a change in an object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tissue paper was glued down.

Math access point: recognize when an object is added to or taken away from a situation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We decided our carpets needed a little sparkle, so it was time to “shake, shake, shake that glitter”!

 

 

 

 

 

Math access point: indicate desire for more of an action or object.

 

 

 

 

 

The students glued pictures of themselves on to the cardboard and…….

 

 

 

 

 

…….TA DA!!!!!!!!!!

 

Let’s go on a magic carpet ride!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday the students made magic lamps using this template: genie lamp

First, we identified the color of the genie.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, the students painted their lamps using gold paint. Thanks to our wonderful volunteer Kaley who cut out the cardboard, glued the paper printout to it, and then stapled it to paper cups so the lamps would stand up!

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Next, polyester fiberfil was pulled apart and glued to the top of the lamp.

 

 

 

 

Science access point: recognize a change in an object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ta-make a wish-Da!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time to let the genies out of their lamps!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We’re back to making a tasty snack this week.  In honor of Aladdin, we made edible magic carpets!  Here is the recipe that we used: Let’s Make Edible Magic Carpets

We started by talking about what we were going to MAKE.  We discussed what “edible” means and our students had to convey that it is something that we can EAT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first thing we had to do was vote on a color for the magic carpets.  We decided to choose between yellow and blue: our school colors.  Each student voted and it was a tight race throughout. Since we had an even number of students and there was a tie, we had our Vision teacher make the tie-breaking choice.  Blue magic carpets.

 

 

Math access point: associate quantities with number names.

 

 

 

 

We PUT a container of Cool Whip into a BOWL and added some drops of BLUE food coloring.  Each student HELPed STIR the Cool Whip.  We made observations about how it looked DIFFERENT once the food coloring was all mixed in.

 

 

Science access point: recognize a change in an object.

 

 

 

 

Next, each student got one graham cracker to PUT on a PLATE.

They each got some of the blue Cool Whip and they had to SPREAD it to cover the graham cracker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then we PUT multicolored sprinkles on a spoon and they SPRINKLED it all over the top.

 

 

 

 

 

They are almost too pretty to eat——ALMOST 🙂

 

 

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