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National Siblings Day

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April 10 was National Sibling Day and we thought it would be a fun way for staff and students to participate in a unit. The sensory groups explored boxes related to siblings of some of our staff members. The fine motor groups made some fun art projects to share with their siblings. The language group performed science experiments!

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

Ms. Cara has a sister who lives in South Africa. This box was filled with a variety of animals found in Africa including large, medium, and small zebras! There was also a purple lei with flowers that resembled jacaranda which are grown in South Africa.

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

 

 

 

 

Ms. Jane’s brother works for NASA so we made a space themed box for him. In the black kinetic sand were an astronaut, star, and planet to find.

The science access point recognize a space related object can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

Both of Ms. Thea’s siblings graduated from the University of Florida. Our Go Gators box had orange and blue play dough along with a little gator cookie cutter!

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

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Caressa and Ms. Elaine both have sisters who are involved in music. This box was filled with some fun music instruments as well as some colorful scarves to wave around.

The students had fun with this one!

Recognize objects that create sounds is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

Ms. Jen and her brother are from Iowa which is famous for its corn. We put 3 colorful letter I’s to find in this box of corn kernels.

The science access point match objects by an observable property, such as size, shape, and color can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

Ms. Vicki and her sisters like to get facials together. We put some food coloring into our shaving cream so the students could give our cartoon Ms. Vicki a facial. This was silly, messy, and LOTS of fun!

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

 

 

 

 

Ms. Joi and her sisters are from Miami. We put some colorful flashing lights and a letter M to fish out of the warm blue water.

The science access point recognize sources of light can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

Since apple blossoms are the state flower of Arkansas—where Ms. Robin’s sister lives—-we chose Bath and Body Works country apple for our scent this week!

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

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday the students made door hanger presents for THEIR siblings!

First they identified the circle shape that was cut out from the top of the door hanger.

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

 

 

 

 

Then they got to choose which door hanger to decorate!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next they used paint brushes to apply glue.

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

 

 

 

 

Time for glitter—-lots of it!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ta Da—-we love how these turned out!

Our students are going to have some very happy siblings 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the students made picture frames for their siblings!

First they identified the color of our paint—-sunshine yellow!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then they applied the paint to their frames and added a cute smiley sun craft foam sticker!

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

 

 

 

 

Ta DA—–so colorful!!!!

There are going to be some more happy siblings!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We thought it was really neat that Mr. Noah’s sister is a scientist, so we decided to do some experiments ourselves since we haven’t done them lately.  To make it EXTRA awesome, though, we used a black light so that we could have glowing experiments!

Here are the experiments that we did: Glowing Experiments.  These experiments were found on http://www.growingajeweledrose.com website.

We started off by doing our Glowing Oil and Water experiment.  Our students got to HELP squeeze some glow in the dark paint into 3 small cups of water.  They had to STIR it all up so that it was completely MIXED.

  They were so cool looking when they were placed by the black light!

 

 

 

 

 

Next, we put vegetable oil in a pie pan so that it completely covered the bottom of the pan.  Then, our students took turns SQUEEZING the paint water into the pie pan.  We observed how the oil and water never mixed.

Really neat!

 

 

 

 

 

The next experiment, Glowing Volcano, was even more neat!  Our students helped POUR some baking soda into a plastic container.  They got to SQUEEZE some paint in and also just a bit of dish soap.

 

 

 

 

Once the vinegar was POURED into the container was when the magic started. We did this experiment with each of the colors so by the end it was a mix-up of pink, yellow, and orange.

All of the colors were so COOL! It looked like a galaxy!

 

 

 

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

The History of Basketball

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With March Madness going on we thought it would be fun to learn a little bit about the history of the sport. The sensory group explored boxes related to different facts about the sport. The fine motor groups made basketball themed art projects and the language group played an adapted version of the game.

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

James Naismith invented the game of basketball. This box was dedicated to him and had lots of Canadian symbols since that is where he was born. We included a toy stethoscope because not only was he a PE teacher but he was also a physician—-how cool is that!

Recognize a model of a real object is a science access point that can be addressed with this activity.

 

 

 

 

Using Koolaid we made our play dough a nice bright basketball orange. The students could make balls, stamp letter B’s, or just squish and squeeze the play dough. They throughly had a good time.

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

 

 

 

 

Basketball is played with 2 teams consisting of 5 players each.We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to reinforce some math facts with this box! There were 5 blue and 5 red items for the students to explore and sort——-or shake 🙂

The math access point solve simple problems involving joining or separating small quantities of objects can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

There were more opportunities for sorting with this box filled with beads in the colors of the NBA—-red, white, and blue! Of course, it was mostly an opportunity to wear or shake the beads!

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

 

 

 

 

In 1936 basketball became an Olympic sport. Using giant fluffy chenille stems the students had fun making circles, joining them together, and taking them apart. The chenille stems also provided another opportunity to discuss colors.

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

 

 

 

 

The students were encouraged to draw circles/balls in this orange tinted shaving cream.

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

 

 

 

 

We put some foam numbers in our water play this week. The students got to “score” by scooping up either 2 or 3 points!

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

Since the original hoops were actually peach baskets, peach was the obvious scent to use this week for our water play and lotion! Our students are getting pretty good at using the Pixon board to tell us where they want the lotion.

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

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday the students made their own basketball playbooks!

We started with a rectangular piece of paper with a basketball court sketch and some X’s and O’s drawn on it by Ms. Zenia the fabulous OT intern!

Then the fun began! The students got to operate a switch activated drawing tool to illustrate their play calling. There were certainly some interesting strategies planned 🙂

Distinguish between objects in motion and objects at rest is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

TA Da—-game on!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the students made paper plate basketballs!

We started by identifying the shape of our plates and color of our paint using communication symbols.

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

 

 

 

 

Then the students stamped their plates with a dish scrubber. We emphasized stamping UP and DOWN.

Recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

TA DA—-time to play!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We had our own tournament today in honor of March Madness.  We used an All-Turn-It spinner that had 2’s and 3’s all around it to signify the points that basketball players make during a game.

Both adults and students got to be in the tournament.  We started out by picking 2 names out of a bag.  These 2 people would play against each other.

We had communication boards in front of each student so that they could convey “my turn”.  The 2 “players” took turns and had 3 times each to press the switch and see what points they got.

 

 

 

 

We used a white board to write down the points that each player made.  Once they each went 3 times, we added up the scores and talked about who had MORE points.

Once we figured out who the winner was, the next 2 players competed and so on until we finally had an overall winner.

 

 

 

 

This group was so great today because it gave the adults a great chance to model the use of the communication boards while they were playing the game.  Everyone got so excited, too, when we had to go into overtime if the players tied.

                                               Finally, we had a winner!

 

 

 

Of course, we can’t NOT have a little snack in this group so we summed it all up with some basketball shaped Vanilla Wafers 🙂

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

Youth Art Month

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March is Youth Art Month and to celebrate we learned about some famous artists. Each of the sensory group boxes represented a different artist. The fine motor group drew inspiration from some of the styles of famous artists to make their art projects and the language group made food art! This week was lots of fun and our theme also compliments the Unique Curriculum unit our students are working on.

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

Salvador Dali has a very famous painting with some melting clocks in a desert landscape. We replicated it using kinetic sand and some craft foam clocks (drawn by Ms. Erika) so there were 3 “melting” clocks to find. It was a fun box and the students were pretty intrigued with the clocks!

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

The students cut different sized stars out of our Vincent Van Gogh starry night play dough! With the added blue and gold silver glitter, it sparkled quite nicely.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Harold Newton was one of the Highway Men famous for their Florida landscape paintings. This Florida box was fun to put together and filled with symbols of our state such as flamingoes, dolphins, pine trees, flowers, and oranges. Lots of things to explore!

The science access point recognize a model of a real object is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

Olivia is a character in illustrator Ian Falconer’s book series.  Since Olivia is a pig, we went all pink with this box. We pulled out our pink sand and included a cute little toy pig. This play sand is really fine and perfect for sifting—-our students LOVED watching it fall from the sifter back into the box!

Track a falling object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

Piet Mondrian used primary colors for his grid paintings. We put blue, red, and yellow pompoms to sort into matching plates in this box. Some of the students could do this independently while others needed help.

Either way, this was a very bright, eye catching box!

Match objects by one observable properties, such as color, is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

Shaving cream was perfect for drawing geometric shapes—–like those used by Alexander Calder in his mobiles.

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

 

 

 

 

Hands were rinsed in a seascape worthy of JMW Turner. There was a little sailing ship and octopus to find in the water. There were also 2 scoops, one of which had a hole in the bottom for some fun experimentation as well as scooping practice.

The science access point recognize differences in objects can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

Flowers are the theme of some of Georgia O’Keefe’s famous paintings. She made one called Plumeria so we used that as our scent this week. We used Bath and Bodyworks plumeria and it was a light floral scent that the students really liked.

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

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday the students made “drip” paintings like Jackson Pollock.

First we discussed the shape of our paper and identified it using communication symbols.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then the students used more communication symbols to pick colors to use.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We used these kids eye droppers that we found at Walmart.  They were fairly inexpensive and a nice size. Most of the students needed a little help with this part of the activity. They were all fascinated with the process!

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

 

 

 

 

Ta Da!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                                                                    So colorful!

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the students made art projects inspired by Gustav Klimt.

We discussed the shape of our paper and identified it using communication symbols.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then the students used a variety of cutting tools—-paper cutters, adaptive scissors, and regular scissors—-to cut strips of colorful paper.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Next we mixed all the pieces together and shared them among the students to turn OVER and glue DOWN on to their paper.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Klimt liked to add gold leaf to his paintings. We didn’t have any gold leaf but we did have gold paint and that worked pretty well!

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

 

 

 

 

 

Ta Da!

                                                                                Just fabulous!

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

Since you know that we like to incorporate food into our language groups, it was a great excuse to use food to make art!

Each of our students got a piece of white bread which served as their blank canvas.  We started out talking about the primary colors: RED, BLUE, and YELLOW.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

We poured some sweetened condensed milk into 5 small cups.  We put RED food coloring into one cup, BLUE food coloring into another cup, and YELLOW food coloring into a third cup (we put 10 drops of each coloring into each cup).  Then the students got to stir the colors using brand new paint brushes!

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

 

 

 

 

 

We the talked about mixing the primary colors to make new colors. First we showed our students RED and BLUE and asked them to PREDICT what color it would make.  We did the same with BLUE and YELLOW.

Then the students mixed up the colors again—–they thought it was really neat to see the colors changing!

Observe and recognize a predictable cause-effect relationship related to a science topic is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

Next, each of our students used communication symbols to indicate what color they wanted to paint with.

The colors ended up being so vibrant on the bread—-they really popped!

We found that we have some pretty good artists in our group!

 

 

 

 

Finally, after their edible art was complete, they got to eat their masterpieces.

YUM!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We will be gone next week for spring break but will back in a couple of weeks with more fun and learning——-Group by Group!

Louisiana

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img_3261img_2983We traveled again this week but a little closer to home—-the great state of Louisiana! Our sensory groups explored boxes related to facts and symbols of the state. The fine motor groups used markers and crayons to complete their projects and the language group led a Mardi Gras parade.

img_3667It was a really fun week that both students and staff enjoyed—–so let the good times roll!

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

img_2611img_2929This box was filled with symbols of Louisiana including the state bird (pelican), beverage (milk), amphibian (frog), honey bees (insect), and mammal (black bear). We also recorded a version of “You are my Sunshine” one of the state songs, on a voice output device. All of this was put on a base of paper shred in state colors: blue, white, and gold!

img_2779Recognize a model of a really object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

img_3354img_2603We made 3 discovery bottles made using the state colors. One was all gold and one was all blue. The third was a mixture of white, blue, and gold beads floating around in gold glitter. VERY eye catching!

img_3295The science access point track objects in motion can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

img_2144img_2891New Orleans, Louisiana is known for its Mardi Gras celebrations and the colorful beads thrown from the floats during parades! This box was filled with beads in Mardi Gras colors. Fun to look at, wear, touch, or watch move when pushed or shaken.

img_2733Track the movement of objects that are pushed or pulled is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

img_2214img_2251Looking super cute while wearing Mardi Gras beads–

img_2881                                                                 that’s just how our students roll 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_2641img_3291This Mardi Gras rice was made for a unit we did a while ago and it was fun bringing it out again. It really is one of our prettiest mixtures and is just so eye catching! We put in letter L’s and a map of Louisiana for the students to find.

img_2172The social studies access point, associate an object, picture, or symbol with a location can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

img_3353img_2169We made some sunshine yellow play dough for the state song “You are my sunshine”. The students had fun squeezing together, pulling apart, or rolling the play dough into balls. We also included a little textured rolling pin to make some “sun rays” and a cookie cutter letter L to add to the fun.

img_2719Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

img_2220img_2240For our messy play we went back to the Louisiana state colors—-we sprinkled BLUE and YELLOW glitter into WHITE shaving cream! The students had fun making swirls, lines, letter L’s, or just squishing it between fingers 🙂

img_3316The science access point recognize pushing and pulling an object makes it move is again addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

img_2771img_3245We put some plastic crawfish and a rubber alligator to swim around in our water this week. Bath and BodyWorks vanilla sugar bath gel was also added because we thought it smelled like beignets—-those yummy New Orleans donuts!

img_2187The science access point match animals that are the same can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

img_3387img_3399The matching lotion was a hit with our students this week. They really liked its sweet aroma and after having it rubbed on hands and arms they left the group smelling like yummy beignets!

img_2266Recognize one or more external body parts is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday we made some trumpets in honor of Louis Armstrong who was born in Louisiana. We used the state colors again for this project!

img_3036We started by asking the students to identify a rectangle——the shape of the paper we were going to use.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_3086img_3094Then they used markers and crayons to color or draw on their papers.

img_3096Recognize a change in an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

img_3179img_3127The drawings were wrapped around paper towel tubes that had been taped to paper bowls and……….TA DA!

img_3190                                                       Our students are ready to play a little jazz!

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday the students decorated a pelican, the state bird, using this: pelican-template

img_2286img_2277First we discussed the state colors and asked the students to identify the color blue using communication symbols.

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

 

 

 

 

 

img_2352img_2336Then the students scribbled on their penguins with blue and yellow markers. One of our students scribbled using a pressure switch activated vibrating massager with a marker glued to it. He activates switches using his elbow and is getting really good at it!

img_2321Recognize a change in an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

img_2333img_2378TA Da! We love the Pelican State!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

Since Mardi Gras is coming up, we decided to have our own Mardi Gras celebration!

img_3416img_3470Our language group entertained the entire elementary staff and students with a small parade around the building.

img_3436Our students dressed up in hats and boas and gave out beads to all of the spectators.  We even put on some zydeco music to walk to!

 

 

 

 

img_3482img_3579It was a fun crowd after all——– everyone loves a parade!

img_3533                                                                    We are a really fun bunch 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Once we rounded everyone up, we gathered together in the multi-purpose room for our party!

img_3636img_3639What is a party without cake and ice cream! We had King cake of course and topped with vanilla ice cream (thanks Jeannie) with apple juice to drink. The students requested what they wanted using communication symbol sentence strips.

img_3927                                                                                       YUMMY!!

 

 

 

 

img_3996img_3842With zydeco music playing, we had to start dancing 🙂

img_4013                                                                              Our students have moves!!!!

 

 

 

 

img_3994img_3936Whether sitting and listening to music or getting their groove on—–

img_3951                                                                       the students had a blast!

 

 

 

 

image002img_3628The photo booth was also so much fun and we had lots of colorful props!

img_3984 Lots of opportunities for communication as the students had to communicate which props they wanted for their photos.

 

 

 

 

 

img_3973img_4142All of the dancing and fellowship was awesome and we all had a great time!

img_3969                                                         We hope your week was as fun filled as ours!

 

 

 

 

img_3697img_4010Be sure and join us next time for fun and learning——Group by Group!

Winnie the Pooh

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img_6288thumbnail_img_2557January 18th is Winnie the Pooh Day! We had a blast creating the book this week and our students looked adorable in their costumes. Ms. Judy and her students came through again with an amazing backdrop. All in all, it was a super fun week! We celebrated with colorful character themed sensory boxes. Our fine motor groups made some super cute crafts and the language group made a snack with Pooh’s favorite food—–honey!

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

img_6578img_6297Pooh’s adventures take place in the hundred acre wood. We filled our box with silk leaves and a variety of characters from the books. We even included 2 tiny Winnie the Pooh books. Since we had different versions of the characters, similarities and differences could be discussed such as hard/soft and big/small. Just for fun, we also recorded the Winnie the Pooh song on a voice output device.

img_6634Recognize similarities and differences in size of objects is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

img_6259img_6286Our Winnie the Pooh box had red and yellow pom poms to sort. Of course, we chose those colors based on Pooh’s yellow fur and red shirt as seen in the Disney version of the story. We did a similar box last week but our students can always practice sorting and counting, so we decided to do one again.

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

 

 

 

 

img_6280img_6575We are pretty fond of owls around here, so we had to have a box dedicated to Owl! This box was totally touch worthy with a couple of “owl feather” boas and a large plush owl that looked a lot like the character.

thumbnail_img_2555Recognize and respond to one type of sensory stimuli, in this case tactile, is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

img_6607thumbnail_img_2556Our eye catching orange and black box rice box was totally Tigger-rific 🙂 We put in some letter T’s for the students to find and a picture of Tigger at the bottom of the box.

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

 

img_6245The science access point recognize a change in an object is addressed in this activity.

 

 

 

 

 

img_6645img_6604Piglet is Pooh’s best friend so we made some pink play dough in his honor! We added a letter P—-for Piglet—- cookie cutter.

The students found the color very eye catching and of course had lots of fun manipulating it.

 

img_6606Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

img_6222img_6636Honey is Winnie the Pooh’s absolute favorite treat so after adding yellow food coloring, we made our oobleck with a honey like consistency this week. We also added a couple of craft foam bees to fly around in the “honey”.

img_6655Apply a push to move an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

img_6597thumbnail_img_2548We couldn’t find any honey scented  bath gel for our water play this week, so we used Bath and Body Works vanilla sugar scent—-we figured it was a pretty close match to honey. The students had lots of fun with the different sized scoops and we also added a letter P—for Pooh!

img_6580Recognize differences in sizes of containers that hold liquids (capacity) is a science access point that can be addressed in this activity.

 

 

 

 

img_6310img_6665The students really liked the honey scented lotion from Madina. They used verbalizations, gestures, or body movements to indicate what part of the body to place the lotion. The sweet scent was a wonderful reminder of all the fun we had visiting with Winnie the Pooh and his friends.

img_6667Recognize one or more external body parts is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday we made Winnie the Pooh faces out of yellow paper plates—-we got 20 for $1 at the Dollar Tree. That was a score! We used this template for both our fine motor groups this week: winnie-the-pooh-and-piglet-template

img_6315img_6316First we told the students we were going to use a lot of CIRCLES to make our art project and asked the students to identify a circle using communication symbols.

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

 

 

 

 

 

img_6329img_6318Then they used a large hole punch (with some help) to make 2 ears which were then glued on to the large paper plate.  Some tape was added to make sure they stayed on.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_6333img_6340Next they glued on ANOTHER circle, pre-made with the eyes and nose! We made sure to point out the different sizes of the circles we used for this project.

The math access point recognize similarities and differences in size of common objects can be addressed with this activity.

 

 

 

 

img_6334img_6366They finished by using a black marker to make a mouth. One of our students used a switch operated vibrating massager with a marker attached but the others just did it free hand.

img_6469After we were done, we realized we probably should have used a thicker marker (like the one we used in our sample) to make it show up better but our students creations still look pretty cute 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

img_6324img_6337TA Pooh diddly Da!

img_6372                                                           We love that Winnie the Pooh!

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the students made some Piglet puppets out of pink paper bags.

img_6707img_6703First our students identified the color PINK using communication symbols.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_6738img_6726To make the stripes on Piglet’s shirt, we encouraged the students to draw horizontal lines ACROSS the paper bag using black markers.

img_6754Recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_6725img_6741Then the students glued 1 face and 2 pre-cut ears onto their paper bags.

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_6780img_6748Ta DA!!!!!!!!

img_6742                                                                  Such cute little Piglet puppets!

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

During our language group, we made a sweet treat that we know Winnie the Pooh would like!  We made mini banana-honey cheesecakes.  Here is the recipe: lets-make-a-mini-honey-banana-cheesecake

thumbnail_img_2571thumbnail_img_2580We started out by letting each of our students FEEL the milk.  We talked about how COLD it was.  We had a student HELP POUR the milk into the bowl.  Then we added the pudding mix to the bowl as well.  Everyone got to look at it before we started mixing it up and we talked about how it would CHANGE from liquid to solid.

 

 

 

 

 

thumbnail_img_2579Once each of the students had a chance to turn the mixer on using a switch and the pudding was set, we added some whipped cream to it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

thumbnail_img_2581thumbnail_img_2583Since we have a couple of students who are on a puree diet, we decided to SQUISH up the chopped bananas so that we could add them to our mixture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

thumbnail_img_2586Our students helped STIR up all of the ingredients.  We then counted out our pie crusts and spooned some of our pudding mixture into each one.

For our final step, each of our students got to help SQUEEZE some honey on top.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

thumbnail_img_2588thumbnail_img_2587We decided it was a totally Pooh worthy dessert 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_6294img_6718This was a really fun unit, who doesn’t love Winnie the Pooh! Join us again next time for more fun and learning——Group by Group!

Opposites

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img_1275We had a lot of fun putting this unit together and the students really loved seeing their friends in the book. The sensory group explored boxes filled with opposites. The fine motor groups made art projects that explored texture differences and the language group performed experiments!

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

img_0896img_1512This first box was filled with ROUGH AND SMOOTH textures including plastic spaghetti strands, bath scrubbers, container lids, and beads.

Lots and lots to touch and explore.

img_1294Recognize and respond to different types of sensory stimuli is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

img_1281img_0893BIG and LITTLE was the theme of this box. A box filled with balls—-what could be more fun than that 🙂

img_1210Recognize differences in size of objects is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

img_0915img_1568Our discovery bottles were filled with beads that floated UP and DOWN as the bottles were shaken or turned.

img_1613The math access point recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship, such as up and down, is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

img_1207img_1316LIGHT and DARK were explored with our light box. Our students really love lights, and the colorful ones we put in this shoebox were especially attractive.

img_0946Recognize a source of light energy is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

img_0871img_1243Our students pushed HARD cookie cutters into the SOFT playdough. As a bonus, the cookie cutters were also opposites—-ANIMAL and PLANT!

img_1259The science access point apply a push to move an object is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

img_1194img_0899Students practiced scooping IN and OUT  in the purple bean box. White beans are really easy to dye using food coloring and they turn out really eye catching!

img_1462The math access point solve simple problems involving putting together and taking apart small quantities of objects can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

img_0903img_0920Oobleck kind of IS an opposite—-it is both a LIQUID and a SOLID! We added some confetti to give it some extra visual appeal. Sparkly, floaty, messy, and fun—–he students had an absolute blast:)

img_1450The science access point track objects that fall to the ground can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

img_1445img_1265Hands got WET as the oobleck was washed off hands. We added some SINK or FLOAT objects for fun experimentation.

img_0906Recognize one way people use water is a science access point that can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

img_1323img_1320After hands were DRY, it was time for lotion. It wasn’t easy coming up with a scent for a theme about opposites! We decided to use Bath and BodyWorks pink lemonade scent since the name has pink but the lotion is yellow—-not exactly opposites but close enough for us 🙂

img_1331Recognize one or more external body parts is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday our fine motor group used sand to make their SMOOTH paint feel ROUGH!

img_0980First we identified the color of our paint—-we used a bright, eye catching PINK!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_1043img_1012Next the students used brushes to spread the paint around their paper. We used black paper so our pink paint would really pop!

img_0997Apply a push to move an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

img_1050Then the students shook some pink sand onto the paint to add texture. Our sand was really fine and came out of our spice container quite fast! Suffice to say, the table ended up with plenty of sand too 🙂

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.

The science access point track objects falling to the ground can also be addressed 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_1006img_1027Ta DA!

img_1056-1It can’t really be seen in the photo but these did turn out pretty cool.

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday our fine motor group we made FLAT arrows BUMPY using tissue paper.

img_1355We started by discussing the color of the arrow and used communication symbols to identify it.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_1366img_1360Then the students tore and crumpled tissue paper into little pieces. They dipped the paper balls into glue and pressed them down onto their arrows—-lots of pincer grasp practice here!

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

 

 

 

 

 

img_1390Next they squeezed glue onto the back of the arrow and patted it down onto a piece of orange paper.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_1370img_1420TA DA—-

img_1406                                                 we are going in the right direction!

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We did 2 different activities that looked at opposites.  Our first activity was about things that SINK and things the FLOAT.

img_1683img_1687We got 6 different objects.  Our first job was to make a prediction if we thought the objects would sink or float.  We talked about how things that are HEAVY tend to sink while things that are LIGHT tend to float.  Each student got a chance to hold an object and predict if it would float or sink.

Our predictions resulted in everyone believing that all of the objects would float!

Observe and recognize a predictable cause-effect relationship related to a science topic, is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

img_1731Now to put them to the test.  Each student got to put an object into a tub of water.  We looked to see if they sank UNDER the water or if they stayed ON top of the water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_1739We found that we were 50% correct in our predictions.  3 of the objects did float; however, the other 3 sank.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_1752img_1754Our next activity focused on WET and DRY.  For this we used “Squand” which is made by RoseArt.  Our students got to POUR some of the Squand into a bin of water.  They saw that the sand went from being DRY to getting WET in the water.

 

 

 

 

 

img_1779img_1783We found that when we pulled the sand out of the water, it was DRY once again!

img_1765Such a cool activity and very impressive to both the students and the adults—we were all completely fascinated! This stuff is the COOLEST!

 

 

 

img_0863img_1579Join us again next week for more fun and learning———–Group by Group!

Iowa

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IMG_7916We traveled a little closer to home this week and learned about the state of Iowa! Our own Ms. Jen is from that state so we thought it was time we learned a little more about it. Our sensory groups explored boxes related to facts about the state. The fine motor groups used unique paint stampers. We didn’t have a language group this week and missed one of our sensory groups due to school cancellations for a hurricane headed to our area.

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

IMG_7901IMG_7640Iowa is called the Hawkeye state——the name honors Chief Black Hawk who was a leader of the Sauk Native American tribe. We placed a picture of Chief Black Hawk at the bottom of this box. The yellow rice and black beans in the box are a nod to the colors of the University of Iowa, also known as the the Hawkeyes. Some scoops and letter I’s added to the fun.

Recognize that pushing or pulling makes an object move (contact force) is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

IMG_7893IMG_7612Iowa is the largest producer of corn in the United States so we filled this box with CORNFLAKES! The students had a blast crunching them up or listening to them rustle as they searched for the play food corn cob we had hidden. While some of the students were tempted, we reminded everyone these flakes were for playing with—–NOT eating 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

IMG_7666IMG_7896Herbert Hoover, the 31st president of the United States, came from Iowa. In his honor we filled this box with All American red, white, and blue beads!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7633IMG_7620While visiting Iowa, a must see sight is the butterfly garden at Bellevue State Park! Our students got to sort RED butterflies and Green pasta caterpillars from this box.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7923IMG_7943Red delicious apples were first cultivated in Iowa. Our students cut out apple shapes using a cookie cutter. Since we didn’t actually have an apple shaped cutter we used a pumpkin one and thought it worked pretty well!

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

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7609IMG_7655The students practiced vertical and horizontal strokes to make letter I’s in our always popular shaving foam!

The science access point recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move was addressed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7605IMG_7935Hands were rinsed in rose scented water since the wild prairie rose is the state flower of Iowa. There were also a couple of measuring cups, again in the colors of the University of Iowa—–Ms. Jen really liked that part 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7987IMG_7686We finished with Crabtree and Evelyn rose scented lotion—-a great reminder of all the fun facts we learned about the great state of Iowa.

Whether rubbed into hands or behind ears, this lotion had a really strong scent which definitely got our students’ attention!

IMG_7983Recognize and respond to one type of sensory stimuli is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday our students stamped red delicious apples using actual APPLES!

IMG_7702IMG_7700We started by discussing the paint color we were going to use and asked the students to identify the color using communication symbols. We also showed the students how cutting the apple in half turned 1 apple into 2 pieces!

The science access point identify objects by one observable property, such as color, and the math access point recognize a half of an object as part of the whole object are addressed here.

 

 

 

 

IMG_7732IMG_7718Then the students stamped the apple UP and DOWN. We put a fork into the apple to make it easier for our students to grasp.

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

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7730IMG_7749TaDA—-

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7725                                                                    just delicious!

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday our students made some colorful butterflies using this:butterfly template

IMG_8018First the students identified our paint color—-ORANGE!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_8041IMG_8055The students painted their butterflies using fringed craft foam stampers. We made these ourselves by folding a piece of craft foam in half, cutting a fringe along one side, then rolling it up and securing with an elastic band. Easy peesy 🙂

Again the math access point recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship is addressed.

 

 

 

 

IMG_8031IMG_8082We finished with a little glitter sparkle!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_8051IMG_8038TA DA——-

IMG_8088                                                          time to fly to Iowa!

 

 

Thanks for joining us! Hurricane Hermine is still affecting our school schedule but hopefully we will be back next week (along with better weather we hope!) with more fun and learning——-Group by Group!