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 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
FINE MOTOR GROUP
On Tuesday the students made a multi-sensory painting.
Recognize objects with two-dimensional shapes, such as circle or square, is a math access point.
Recognize and respond to one type of sensory stimuli is a science access point.
Track a falling object is a science access point.
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
Identify objects by one observable property, such as color, is a science access point.
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).
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.
The math access point recognize the next step in a simple pattern or sequence of activities can be addressed here.