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Super Heroes

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img_7851img_7214The theme for our district’s literacy week was Super Heroes! This unit was especially fun to put together and we think the students really enjoyed what we came up with for the different groups. Our sensory groups explored boxes inspired by different super heroes featured in our book. The fine motor groups made some super hero themed props and the language group made the Ninja Turtles favorite snack—-pizza! It really was a fun filled week  🙂

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

img_7746img_7382The students used a cookie cutter to stamp the letter S—-for Superman—– into blue moon sand (we chose blue to match Superman’s suit). The bright blue moon sand was quite appealing to look at and also felt pretty fabulous sifted through fingers!

img_7441Apply a push to move an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

img_7249img_7822There were some slightly tacky web-like Wikki Stix in our Spiderman box. The colorful waxed strings stick to each other and have an interesting tactile feel.

They loved grabbing them and crumpling them up into little “spider webs”.

img_7771There was also a little vibrating spider to add to the fun. We have brought her out before and she always elicits lots of giggles 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

 

img_7243img_7430Most of the super heroes we are familiar with were originally from comic books. We used some colorful magazine shred to match that comic book feel.

We were given some photo booth props and masks (thanks Ms. Elaine) that proved to be lots of fun for the students.

img_7495                                                    They kind of had fun with the masks 🙂

 

 

 

 

img_7796img_7472There were also some action figures and even 2 little super hero books to read—-it was literacy week after all!

 

 

 

 

img_7406Recognize a person in a story is a social studies access point that can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

img_7285img_7405Our Batman box was filled with black kinetic sand—— and BATS, of course! There were both grey and black bats which made for sorting and counting opportunities.

img_7809The math access point solve simple problems involving joining or separating sets of objects to 3 can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

img_7297img_7750In comic books, Wonder Woman has a golden lasso. So golden lassos are a little difficult to find but we have plenty of gold beads and our students seemed pretty pleased with the swap 🙂

Whether shaking them, wearing them, or just touching them——they had a blast!

 

 

img_7381The math access point recognize length of real objects, such as big, little, long, or short can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

img_7693img_7715We made some bubbling, glowing Ninja Turtle ooze for our students to explore this week. Tonic water made our ooze (oobleck) glow under the black light and pop rocks provided the bubbling sounds—-way cool!

 

 

 

img_7690Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

img_7700img_7252In our water play, some lighted pool toys stood in for Iron Man’s power cell. We found them in the dollar section at Target. Whether the lights were on or off, they were pretty irresistible to the students!

img_7310Recognize sources of light is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

img_7839img_7829Our scent of the week was Pink Power Ranger (aka Bath and Body Works merry cranberry). This scent had quite a strong sweet aroma and was a total hit with the students—-even some who are sometimes unimpressed with our olfactory selections 🙂

img_7542Recognize and respond to one type of sensory stimuli is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday we made some Batman masks out of paper plates using this: batman-template

img_7331First, using communication symbols, we identified the color of the paint we were going to use.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_7337img_7346Then the students brushed the paint over their masks.

img_7340Recognize a change in an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

img_7348img_7354TaDa——nanananana BATMAN!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the students made their own Super hero symbols!

img_7551First we discussed and identified the shape we were going to cut——a triangle.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_7606img_7668The students used paper cutters and switch operated scissors to cut out their triangles.

The science access point recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move, can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

img_7652img_7602Then the students glued a letter S (cut out on the Ellison machine) onto their triangle. We attached it to their shirts using double stick tape.

 

 

 

img_7658Recognize a change in an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_7574img_7642It’s a bird, it’s a plane—–

 

 

 

 

 

img_7620                                                                     TA DA it’s a super hero!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

This week, we made a snack that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would have LOVED.  We made mini english muffin personal pizzas.

img_7873img_7892Each of the students got to make their own pizza.  We focused on the words MORE and ALL DONE today, using picture symbols and verbalizations.

img_7910When making each pizza, only a little bit of sauce would be put on to spread around. Our students then had to indicate if they wanted MORE or if they were ALL DONE with the sauce. We did the same thing with the cheese. We found that these students were more likely to indicate MORE rather than ALL DONE 🙂

 

 

 

 

img_7928img_7901Our students who have a regular diet got to make their pizza on half an English muffin.  Since we have a couple of students who are on a puree diet, Ms. Robin, the classroom teacher, made some mashed potatoes that she shaped and patted out using a hamburger press so it resembeled an English muffin.  So cool!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_7981While we waited for the pizzas to heat up, some of us took a little time for some Ninja Turtle selfies 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_7959-1We then asked our students if they LIKE the pizza or if they DON’T, using symbols.  Seems like we got the thumbs up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_7936img_7930Viola——Mini Ninja Turtle Pizzas to enjoy!

img_7962                                                                                     YUM!!!!!

 

 

 

 

img_7390img_7410Our Superhero unit totally was SUPER FUN!

img_7396Join us again next time for more fun and learning——Group by Group!

The Nutcracker Ballet

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img_2147img_1493We had dreams of Sugarplums—-of the ballet variety—- dancing in our heads this week! Going to the Nutcracker ballet is a tradition for many people this time of year so we thought it would make a perfect theme. Our sensory group explored a variety of colorful boxes related to the ballet, the fine motor groups made Nutcracker art projects, and the language group hosted a holiday party—-like the one in the ballet!

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

img_1381img_2208One of the first scenes in the Nutcracker ballet is a Christmas party. This box, with its base of plastic pine needles and holly, contained symbols of Christmas.

img_2168Of course we included a little plastic toy nutcracker! It was a squeaky toy too which made it even more fun.

img_2179img_1542Needless to say, the students had a little fun with the santa hat and goofy glasses 🙂

 

 

 

 

img_2537Lots of fun!!!!!

Associate an object with a person or event is a social studies access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_2178img_2520This box had a variety of shiny garland, tulle, and chiffon squares that reminded us of the colorful costumes and scenery found at the ballet.

The colors and textures were very intriguing to the students—-it was a very inviting box!

 

img_1502We really addressed the science access point recognize and respond to different types of sensory stimuli!

 

 

 

 

img_1513img_2237We put one BIG mouse and one LITTLE mouse in these turquoise beans (picked because we thought the color looked a little icy). So…… perhaps our mice looked a little more rat like, but sometimes you have to work with what you have on hand 🙂

img_2501Recognize similarities and differences in size of common objects is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

img_1680img_2204Our purple kinetic sand became “SugarPlum fairy” sand this week! The purple color made it especially inviting and we added a ballerina crown cookie cutter which turned out to be pretty intriguing as well.

Total fun as usual!

 

img_2170Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

img_2438img_1600Since the Nutcracker takes place in the winter we HAD to bring out our snowflake umbrella.

White pompom yarn, foam snowflakes, and silver beads make this ordinary umbrella something pretty cool. When we added some pink craft foam ballerinas it became even more special!

 

img_2154We also recorded music from the ballet on a voice output device. All in all, a pretty magical winter wonderland!

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

 

 

 

 

img_1640img_2485Silver glitter added extra sparkle to this box of Insta Snow, making it extra inviting! There was a spoon and a little measuring cup for scooping fun.

It was also fun to watch as it drifted down while sifting through fingers!

 

img_2236Apply a push to move an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

img_1682img_2459We don’t get much snow down here in Florida—-so for us it is pretty fascinating stuff 🙂

 

 

 

 

img_2478                                                                 Let it snow! Let it snow!

 

 

 

 

 

img_1488img_2493Our water play helped rinse some of the glitter off the student’s hands—-that stuff gets EVERYWHERE! They also had fun scooping, pouring, and finding a craft foam letter N using the measuring cup and funnel.

img_2171Recognize differences in sizes of containers that hold liquids is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

img_2251img_2550We used the perfect scent for our water play and lotion—–sugarplum swirl from Bath and Bodyworks! Our students left the group smelling like yummy little sugarplums 🙂

img_1817 The students used communication symbols to indicate whether they “liked” or “didn’t like” the scent—–for almost all of them it was a hit!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday our students painted a magical snow scene for their nutcrackers. We used this: nutcracker-template-1

img_1885img_1889First they used communication symbols to identify the color of the paper we were going to use—-purple!

Sometimes blocks make excellent pointers 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

 

img_1923img_2018Then they spread white paint around their paper.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_2038Glitter was added for some sparkle—–we never pass up the opportunity to use glitter!

The math access point recognize when an object is added from a situation, is addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_2065Then the students glued a Nutcracker with their faces onto their paper.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_2008img_2056TA DA! These Nutcrackers are ready to join the ballet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the students used paper plates to make nutcracker masks. A great big thank you goes out to our interns Rachel and Nicole for helping set up this project! We used this to complete the mask: nutcracker-template-2

img_2346First we discussed the semi-circle we had cut out from the paper plate. We showed the students how 2 semi-circles made a circle and asked students to use communication symbols to identify a circle.

Recognize parts of whole objects is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_2350img_2389Then they glued pieces of yarn onto their semi-circles.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_2396Next the students glued a mustache onto the middle of the plate.

Match one object to a designated space to show one-to-one correspondence is an access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_2384Then they pulled apart ONE piece of polyester fiberfil to make TWO pieces and glued them to each side of the plate.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_2388img_2399Ta DA—-meet our Nutcrackers!

img_2369                                                            Ready for their performance 🙂

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We decided to have a Nutcracker Ballet party for our language group this week.  We always love to be able to get together and interact with our friends and coworkers and this was the perfect time.

img_2578img_2563Our language group students dressed up in Christmas and ballerina attire so that we could have a Nutcracker parade.

img_2571                                                       We even had a harlequin dancer 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

img_2619img_2603The other classes in the elementary building were the participants in the parade—–some of them got into character also!

img_2612We had so much fun going down the halls and inviting our friends to the Nutcracker party.

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_2691img_2650-1Once we got to the party room, our students got to choose some treats.

We had ice cream with different colors of sprinkles to eat and fizzy lemonade to drink.

 

img_2707 Our students conveyed if they LIKED what they got or if they did NOT like it.  Usually, their facial expressions are a pretty good indicator 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

img_2896img_2797One of the most fun things that we had was the photo booth.  Our students got to choose which prop they wanted to wear/hold for their picture.  We had SO MUCH FUN with this!

img_2835And not only the students had a great time, but the adults did too.

 

 

 

 

img_2673img_2627While the party was going on, the Nutcracker Ballet was playing on a smart board so that our students got to experience this incredible ballet.

img_2626Some even did a little dancing of their own 🙂

 

 

 

 

img_2636A big thanks goes to our fabulous interns—–Nicole and Rachel for decorating the room and serving all the guests!

You ladies were wonderful and we will really miss you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_2654img_2685It was a wonderful time, filled with good food, company, and music. What a wonderful way to start this holiday season!

 

 

img_2724-1We hope your holiday is filled with happiness and laughter. Join us in the new year for more fun and learning—–Group by Group!

Famous Scientists

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img_1947This week we learned about some famous scientists. We chose this theme to compliment the Unique Curriculum unit for some of our grade levels. The sensory groups explored boxes related to individual scientists. The fine motor groups created science themed art projects and the language group performed some fun science experiments!

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

img_2386img_2379Galileo and Neil DeGrasse Tyson are famous for studies in the area of astronomy. Our little astronomers loved our solar system umbrella. With its twinkly stars and hanging planets, it was a real hit.

Recognize a space-related object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

img_2431Stephen Hawking knows a LOT about black holes. We used black kinetic sand for our “black hole” box and added a star shaped cookie cutter. So much fun and irresistible to both our students and staff 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_1970img_2399The thermometer was invented by Daniel Fahrenheit. In honor of him we filled a box with some “Insta-Snow”. While not quite as cold as the real thing, it still feels a little chilly!

img_2411Distinguish between hot and cold objects is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_1925img_2035We think our chimpanzee habitat would be a hit with Jane Goodall, she is an anthropologist who studies wild chimpanzees! Included in this box are binoculars, a variety of chimps, play fruit, and a voice output device with monkey sounds we recorded from You Tube. The monkey sounds were a huge hit!

The science access point recognize common objects related to science by name, such as animal or plant, can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

img_1928Kepler was a famous mathematician. In our box of white cornmeal were numbers 1-9 for our students to find. We haven’t used this cornmeal box for a while and it has a really intriguing texture for our students.

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_2021img_2447Mary Anning was a famous fossil hunter. The students had fun hunting for dinosaur skeletons buried in our box of moon sand. They also had a lot of fun with the dinosaur molds.

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

 

 

 

 

 

img_2404img_2570Since our theme was all about famous scientists, we decided to put pop rocks into our shaving cream to start a “chemical” reaction. Those crackling pop rocks sounded pretty cool!

The science access point recognize and respond to different types of sensory stimuli is addressed with this activity.

 

 

 

 

 

img_1895Charles Darwin’s boat the HMS Beagle sailed in our little ocean—-passing a giant sea turtle along the way!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_2477Since we found out that chimpanzees like all sorts of fruit—not just bananas—-we used Bath and Body Works mango tangerine scent for both our water and lotion this week. The citrusy scent was a real hit with the students!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR

On Tuesday our students made a galaxy!

img_2076We started by discussing the shape of planets found in galaxies and used communication symbols to identify a CIRCLE.

Recognize objects with a 2-dimensional shape is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_2156Then we used a circle punch to cut “planets” out of wallpaper scraps. You have to push pretty hard to make the punch work, so the students needed a little help with this. Of course, we counted how many planets each student cut out.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_2108img_2171Next they painted watered down glue onto black paper and the planets were placed on the glue.

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

 

 

 

 

 

img_2122Sparkly stars were added using chunky silver glitter.

Recognize that the appearance of an object or material has changed is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_2124img_2183Ta Da!

img_2093                                                                  It’s a galaxy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the students painted with corn syrup! We have done this before and always love how the syrup retains its “wet” look after it hardens. VERY COOL!

img_2488First we discussed the color of our syrup—-we had added some food coloring 🙂

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

The students identified the color using communication symbols.

 

 

 

 

 

 

img_2501img_2541We poured a little of the syrup onto their science lab beakers, cut from poster board using this:beaker-template

The students used regular paint brushes to spread it around. Yes, this did get a little sticky and messy but it was WAY fun 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

img_2537img_2509TA DA!

Let’s do some experiments!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

Our students turned into little scientists today!  We tried out 2 different experiments today.  Here is a breakdown of each experiment: experiments

img_2576img_2580For our first experiment, our students helped POUR some baking soda into a pan.  Then, our students helped fill up some cups HALFWAY with vinegar.  They also got to choose what color should be put into each vinegar cup.

img_2627Recognize when an object is added to (addition) a situation, is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

img_2608img_2613Once everything was ready, each student got a chance to use droppers and SQUEEZE some of the vinegar onto the baking soda.

img_2642Our students loved seeing the colorful fizz!

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

 

 

 

 

img_2620img_2589For our second experiment, we filled up a measuring cup HALFWAY with vinegar.  We added some food coloring as well.  Our students got to CHOOSE the color glitter they wanted.  They also got to help SQUEEZE some dish soap into the measuring cup.  We STIRRED it up.

 

 

 

 

 

img_2633Finally, we got a big spoonful of baking soda and POURED it into the measuring cup.  We gave it another little stir and watched it foam up!  It was pretty amazing how much foam came out of our experiment!

 

What an exciting week! Join us again next time for more fun and learning——Group by Group!

Let’s Learn About Kansas

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IMG_5877In honor of our dear Dr. Hamilton who is retiring, our theme for this week is all about his home state of Kansas! The students had a blast with all the different textures in the sensory boxes. The fine motor groups took inspiration from state symbols to make their crafty creations and the language group made a delicious yummy treat and invited a special guest to share it with 🙂

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

IMG_5597IMG_5684We filled this box with hay, a key Kansas crop! There were lots of things associated with the state such as an airplane like the one that Amelia Earhart might have flown and Wizard of Oz items. Since Dodge City is located in Kansas we included a little cowboy and cowboy hat. Lots of fun things to find and explore!

IMG_5563Recognize a model of a real object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5758IMG_5727The only salt mine open to the public in the western hemisphere is located in Kansas! We filled this box with table salt and put a map of Kansas for the students to find at the bottom. We haven’t used salt in our sensory boxes very often so our students were pretty intrigued with its different texture. The different spoons we included encouraged bilateral coordination and scooping practice.

IMG_5895The science access point apply a push to move an object can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

IMG_5744IMG_5880There were 2 upper and 1 lower case letter K’s to find in our box of popcorn kernels——corn is a crop grown in Kansas! The students not only enjoyed the texture of the kernels but they also really loved the sound made as hands swished around—–and yes a few did end up on the floor 🙂

IMG_5711Recognize and respond to different types of sensory stimuli is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

IMG_5705IMG_5870This week we made our play dough a beautiful sunflower yellow and it had a really nice aroma too, since we used lemon Koolaid in addition to yellow food coloring.

There were 2 cookie cutters to add to the fun—-a cowboy hat and a flower.

 

IMG_5578Recognize that the appearance of an object or material has changed is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

IMG_5891IMG_5893This box was dedicated to the Kansas state animal—–the american buffalo! We were lucky enough to find not one but TWO buffalos to add to our box. As a bonus 1 of little plushies made a grunting noise when squeezed. Needless to say, this little guy was a hit 🙂

 

IMG_5594Recognize and respond to one type of sensory stimuli is a science access point that can be addressed with this activity.

 

 

 

 

IMG_5718IMG_5756Kansas has the nickname “tornado alley”! Our students got to make some tornados of the much less scary type by swirling the shaving cream around and around. As usual, this activity was a favorite 🙂

IMG_5883Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

IMG_5569IMG_5681Our swimming pool was a tad bit smaller than the one located in Kansas but there were some tiny little pool noodle swim rings, scoop, and funnel that made for big of fun for the students.

The science access point track objects in motion can be addressed with this activity.

 

 

 

 

IMG_5906IMG_5790We used Bath and BodyWorks citrus sunflower scented lotion this week.

IMG_5903It had a great aroma and the students loved having it rubbed on hands, arms, AND noses 🙂

 

 

IMG_5794IMG_5779It was a great scent to remember all we learned about Kansas!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

IMG_5666On Tuesday our students made a herd of buffalo using this: American Buffalo template

 

 

 

IMG_5616IMG_5617First we discussed the color of our paint and asked the students to identify the color using communication symbols.  We gave them prompts as needed.

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

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5622IMG_5631Then the students painted their buffalo, cut from poster board for sturdiness.

IMG_5653Recognize a change in an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5647IMG_5657Next they added little horns and googlie eyes. These pieces were pretty tiny so some of the students needed a little help.

Match one object to a designated space to show one-to-one correspondence is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5636IMG_5648Two clothespins were attached to the buffalo to make legs. This also helped strengthen those pincer grasps.

Look at that concentration!

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5627IMG_5663Ta DA!!!

IMG_5637                                                                Our herd!

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday the students made another symbol of Kansas—–the sunflower!

IMG_5801We started by discussing the color of sunflowers and asking the students to identify yellow using communication symbols.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5804Then the students used a crayon to draw a “down” line on their papers. The cute animal crayons are from Crayola and we really like them because they are so easy to hold!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5832Next they put their sunflowers at the “top” of the line. The sunflowers were actually some paper doilies we picked up at the dollar store——perfect for our project!

Match one object to a designated space to show one-to-one correspondence is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5810To make the center of the flower we  cut brown paper circles using a shape punch and glued them onto our yellow doily.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5815IMG_5809Of course we HAD to use sunflower seeds somewhere in our project! The students glued them to the brown circle—–practicing those pincer grasps again!

We didn’t want to wait for the glue to dry so we hurried the process using a hair dryer hooked up to our power link. The students thought this part was super fun 🙂

This activity addresses the math access point solve problems involving small quantities of objects or actions using language, such as enough , too much, or more.

 

 

 

 

IMG_5857IMG_5849TA DA!

IMG_5853                                                                       Sunflowers!

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

You all know that we LOVE to make food, so when we found out that Pizza Hut started in Wichita, KS we knew exactly what we were going to do!  Since this theme was all about Kansas for Dr. Hamilton, we asked him join us for our pizza feast.

IMG_5920IMG_5947We had one of our students “count” out the amount of plates that we needed using a voice output device.  Then, each of our students got to pick if they wanted 1, 2, or 3 mini pizzas.  We should have just taken “1” out because nobody went close to picking that:)

Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5927IMG_5942We put some pizza sauce on Ritz crackers and let our students put some of the cheese on each cracker—–with a little help when needed 🙂

IMG_5951Solve problems involving small quantities of objects or actions using language, such as enough, too much, or more, is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

IMG_5955IMG_5958Then we heated them up for about 20 seconds in the microwave.  When we took them out we talked about how the cheese had changed and looked DIFFERENT.  We also talked about how the mini pizzas were HOT.

IMG_5965Once they were cooled off, our students dug in.  YUM!

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5606Well that pretty much wraps up another year for us. Hope you have had fun and learned a little along the way—-we sure did!

There will be an After Party post and perhaps a couple of other posts along the way but apart from that we are saying hello to summer! Join us again in August for more fun and learning——Group by Group!

Rhode Island

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IMG_4586We are giving a little shout out to our friends at the Cornerstone School in celebration of Rhode Island Independence Day! Our sensory groups explored some boxes related to different facts about the state of Rhode Island. The fine motor groups used unusual items for their Rhode Island art projects and the language group made an icy treat—-yum! Read along to see all the fun we had this week 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

IMG_4598IMG_4484Rhode Island was named for the red clay that lines its shore. We used red moonsand to represent that clay and cookie cutters with the state initials were included.

The students always have fun with moonsand, it has such a great texture!

 

IMG_4230Apply a push to move an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_4202IMG_4439This box was filled with coffee beans to represent the state beverage—–what an aroma! There were lots of little R’s to find and we included a fun little cup for scooping.

 

 

 

IMG_4599The science access point uses senses to recognize objects can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

IMG_4229IMG_4601The first circus held in the United States took place in Rhode Island! Our circus box was filled with colorful objects associated with the circus. There was rainbow basket filler, styrofoam circus peanuts, a popcorn container, and puzzle piece clowns.

We also included a fun noise tiger noisemaker that was really popular with the students.

IMG_4591Recognize a model of a real object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_4632IMG_4193George Cohen was a composer who wrote Yankee Doodle Boy and You’re a Grand Old Flag was represented with our red, white, and blue rice. There was a big measuring cup and small spoon for scooping fun and comparisons. There was a flag picture to find at the bottom of the box.

IMG_4451Recognize similarities and differences in size of common objects is a math access point that can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

IMG_4184IMG_4446Jewelry making is a key industry for Rhode Island so we had some discovery bottles filled with sparkly “gold” and “jewels”.

These were irresistible!

 

IMG_4226Track objects in motion is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_4478IMG_4465 (1)Gilbert Stuart was an artist from Rhode Island who painted the portrait of Washington that was used for the dollar bill! Our little artists mixed shaving cream with food coloring to come up with their own original works of art 🙂

IMG_4650Recognize a change in an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_4188IMG_4607The first water driven cotton mill was built in Rhode Island. Our students experimented  with water power while watching our water wheel spin. They found it pretty fascinating!

Observe and recognize a predictable cause-effect relationship related to a science topic is a science access point that can be addressed with this activity.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_4241IMG_4248Rhode Island is nicknamed the Ocean State so we used ocean scent from Bath and BodyWorks this week. It was a pretty strong scent that our students really noticed and liked having it rubbed on their skin.

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

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday our students painted violets—-the Rhode Island state flower!

IMG_4259IMG_4264We started by discussing the color of violets and then identifying the color using communication symbols.

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

 

 

 

 

IMG_4312IMG_4275Next they used a paint brush to make green leaves and stems on their paper.

Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_4268IMG_4321Then they used a soda bottle to stamp purple violets. We reminded the students to stamp UP and DOWN.

IMG_4297Recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship, such as up and down is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

IMG_4304IMG_4358TA DA—-beautiful violets!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday we discussed the fact that shipbuilding is another key industry of Rhode Island and made sailboats!

IMG_4503First we asked students to identify the shape of the sail—-a triangle!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_4523IMG_4535Then they used paper cutters to cut out their own sails. Of course we counted the sides as the sails were cut!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_4549The students used a glue stick to adhere their sails to popsicle sticks and pushed them into a pool noodle slice.

Recognize the next step in a sequence of activities is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_4522IMG_4576Time to see if the ships are seaworthy!!!!!

 

 

 

 

IMG_4533                                                                                Ta Da!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

It’s been getting pretty hot here lately, so since Del’s Frozen Lemonade is a fixture in Rhode Island, we decided to make our own using this recipe: Frozen Lemonade

IMG_4673IMG_4671We started by mixing the lemon juice concentrate, water, and sugar.  Our students got to TASTE and SMELL the lemon juice.

Although some of our students actually didn’t mind the sour flavor, others had a different opinion 🙂

Uses senses to recognize objects is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

Our students activated the blender to mix the ingredients by pressing a switch hooked up to a power link.  They are getting so much better about holding the switch down, although some of them continue to tap it, making the blender turn off and on really fast.

IMG_4687                                                         They had a BLAST with this step!

Recognize that electrical systems must be turned on in order to work is a science access point that can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

IMG_4713IMG_4705We gradually poured in the ice and blended until it was smooth.  Once it was done, we counted out the cups for all of our friends and they all got to try a little bit.

 

 

 

IMG_4723As with the lemon juice, most of them really enjoyed it and others………. not so much:)

Definitely a drink to cool us off in this heat!

IMG_4635Hope you had as much fun as we did learning about Rhode Island. Join us again next time for more fun and learning——-Group by Group!

 

Colors

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IMG_7803We had a pretty colorful week—–literally 🙂  We have been wanting to do a color theme for a while and were inspired by our friend @teachezwell.me who has been posting a series of colorful photos. So with spring on the way, this seemed like the perfect time! Our sensory group boxes were filled with a feast of colors. The fine motor group painted with colorful ice cubes and the language group conducted experiments of the colorful sort.

Let’s explore some of the rainbow of colors that make up our world!

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

IMG_7697IMG_7712The BLUE box was filled with a variety of items and textures for our students to explore—–all in a base of bright blue basket filler.

It was a lot of fun to put together and LOTS of fun for the students to explore.

IMG_8087Recognize and respond to different types of sensory stimuli is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7714IMG_8083Just like the blue box, our ORANGE was filled different objects and textures. Fake “spaghetti” strands made the base of this box then we added pumpkins, balls, —–and a great big shaker pompom that was a totally favorite!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7672IMG_8089The students were fascinated by the PINK sand in this box. It was pretty mesmerizing to watch as it was sifted through the strainer.

 

Track objects in motion is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7683IMG_7659 (1)This PURPLE slime had a pretty weird jello-like texture and while some of the students were a little hesitant to touch it, others dove right in! We made this using a non-borax recipe found on the internet.

Pretty cool stuff!

IMG_7627The science access point recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_8067IMG_8070We cut up portfolio covers and other pieces of translucent plastic to make our GREEN light box. Light boxes are always a hit with our students and this one was no exception!

 

Recognize sources of light is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7691IMG_8161Our giant RED ladybug cushion was a big hit. Not only did it feel soft but when hugged it VIBRATED——how fun is that!

 

 

 

IMG_8159Apply a push to move an object is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7680IMG_8114Color surprise was theme of our water play this week. Bath tablets (from Crayola) dropped into the water turned it into a different color for each group.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_8132IMG_8142We finished with some WHITE lotion—–sea island cotton from Bath and Body Works. The students really liked the aroma and the feeling of the lotion rubbed on their different body parts such as arm or neck.

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

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

Ms. Maria gave us the idea for this week’s art project—–painting with ice cubes!

IMG_7792We started by discussing the shape of our paper and the students used communication symbols to identify a rectangle.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7799IMG_7804Then we started painting with the colorful ice cube “brushes”. The students really enjoyed this activity.

Recognize that the appearance of an object or material has changed is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7817The switch operated massager helped one of our students move his ice cubes around the paper.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7807IMG_7828Ta DA!!!!

IMG_7824                                                                      Just fabulous!

 

 

 

 

LANGUGAGE GROUP

We found some cool experiments that used COLOR for our language group this week.

IMG_7943The first one we did was Fireworks in a Jar.  Our students helped pour some WARM water into a small vase, filling it up about 3/4 of the way.

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 in this activity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7953IMG_7954We put about 2 tablespoons of oil in a small dish and squeezed some different colored drops of food coloring into the oil.  We passed it around so our students could see that the food coloring did not spread all around but looked like little dots in the oil—-pretty cool!

Then, we stirred up the oil/food coloring so that the bigger dots broke off into even smaller little dots.

 

 

 

 

IMG_7956IMG_7990Finally, we poured the oil SLOWLY into the water.  After a couple of seconds, the food coloring started to spread down into the water, resembling fireworks!

WOW!

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7963The next experiment we learned how mixing 2 colors creates a new color.  For our first try, we put some blue food coloring on one corner of a gallon bag and then squirted some clear hair gel onto it.  On the other corner of the bag, we put some red food coloring and gel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7973IMG_7966 We turned off the lights, taped the bag onto a light box, and our students squished the gel all around.   It was pretty fascinating to watch the colors change and even cooler  to see it on the light box!

IMG_7978We did the same with yellow and red and our students watched as the colors changed into orange. VERY eye catching!

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

 

 

IMG_7658What a fantastic week——–join us again next time for more fun and learning Group by Group!

Africa

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IMG_7153This week we learned about some of the countries on the continent of Africa. This also complements the Unique Curriculum unit for some of our students this month.

One of our volunteers, Ali, planned our sensory boxes and each represented a different country. The fine motor groups practiced their cutting and painting skills while making their colorful art projects. The language group made a yummy African dish with our guest chef Barry.

Lets visit Africa!

 

 

 

SENSORY GROUP

IMG_7131IMG_6902Red, green, and yellow are the colors found on many flags including the countries of Benin, Cameroon, Ghana, Guinea, Ethiopia, and Mali! This box was filled with colorful pompoms for our students to sort.

IMG_7261Match objects with similar observable properties such as size, shape, color, or texture is a science access point.

 

 

 

IMG_7292IMG_7115There were more opportunities for sorting with this box filled with colorful beads. People of the Maasaai tribe in Kenya wear lots colorful beads and we filled this box with an assortment of them. Of course, they are also great for wearing, draping, and shaking 🙂

The science access point identify objects by one observable property, such as size or color can be addressed here.

 

 

 

 

IMG_6862IMG_7091There were some pyramids, a sphinx, and a mummy to find in our Egyptian box. We also included a funnel and scoop for sifting those desert sands! For the most determined explorers there was a picture of the Egyptian flag to find at the bottom of the box.

IMG_7290The social studies access point associate an object, picture, or symbol with a location is addressed here.

The science access point track objects in motion is also addressed.

 

 

 

 

IMG_7104IMG_7279Coffee was first discovered in Ethiopia. We filled this box with actual coffee beans—-wow what an aroma! The students loved sifting through these beans which feel lighter than the usual legumes we use, it was a really fun tactile experience. There were 3 upper and 1 lower case letter A’s to find in this box.

The science access point recognize common objects as the same and the science access point recognize and respond to different types of sensory stimuli are addressed here.

 

 

 

 

IMG_6888IMG_7173Our students didn’t need to visit Rwanda to hang out with a gorilla—-we brought one to the group! Ok, so perhaps it wasn’t exactly a REAL one but this big guy certainly entertained our students and got lots of hugs to boot 🙂

IMG_7251Recognize a model of a real object is a science access point.

IMG_6906IMG_7272Our students had so much fun with him we had to include a couple more photos.

That gorilla was really cute—–almost as cute as our students 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7129IMG_7285There were more animals to spot on our Tanzania safari. In our mix of straw and green paper shred there were some native animals including lions, zebras, and elephants. Some had buttons for additional sound effects! We also included some things you might need while on safari—-such as a backpack, sunglasses and some binoculars.

IMG_7249Again, the science access point recognize a model of a real object is addressed.

 

 

 

 

IMG_6871IMG_7098The Nile River which is the longest in the world is found in Africa. Our water basin was a tad bit smaller BUT there was a little nile crocodile to find! The 2 different size scoops provided additional fun for our students.

Recognize differences in sizes of containers that hold liquids (capacity) is a math access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7186IMG_7312Our scent this week was BANANA. Bananas are a major crop in Uganda! We used bubble bath from Walmart in our water and lotion purchased at World Market. The lotion really smelled like bananas—-very yummy! Of course, our students had to watch out for that gorilla after rubbing it on their arms 🙂

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

 

 

 

 

 

FINE MOTOR GROUP

On Tuesday our students made the Nigerian flag—-Nigeria is a country is Africa.

IMG_6942First we discussed the color of our paper and the students used communication symbols to identify it.

Identify an object by one observable property such as color is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_6959IMG_6965Then the students used a paper cutter to cut 1 square into 2 rectangles! The students really like using the paper cutter and once the paper is in place they are pretty independent. While it is not technically an adaptive scissors, it works perfectly for us.

The science access point recognize a change in an object and the math access point recognize an object with a 2 dimensional shape are addressed here.

The math access point recognize parts of whole objects can also be addressed.

 

 

 

IMG_6961The students glued their 2 rectangles onto a larger white rectangle. Learning to flip the paper after the glue is applied is a tricky skill and our students are getting better and better at it!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_6975IMG_6968Ta DA

IMG_6957              The Nigerian Flag!

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday our students made a cheetah mask.

IMG_7189We used yellow paper plates as the base of our mask so we started by asking the students to identify the color yellow using communication symbols.

Identify an object by one observable property such as color is a science access point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7200Then the students stamped brown spots onto their plates. We made our “spot stamper” by using a rubber band to attach bubble wrap to a plastic cup. The students were encouraged to stamp UP and DOWN.

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

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7210Next the students glued a snout onto their mask. The snouts were pre-made using this: cheetah template

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7198IMG_7214Ta  Da

IMG_7206                                                                      GRRRRRRRRR!!!!

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE GROUP

We had a very special and unique language group this week.  Our very own Mr. Barry, who is from Nigeria, came in to help us cook a Nigerian dish——coconut rice.

IMG_7375He started out showing our students the different ingredients that he would be using, like tomatoes, red bell pepper, and onions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7392 (1)IMG_7407Once the vegetables were chopped up, we placed them in a blender.  Our students got to activate a switch to turn the blender on so that we could liquify the ingredients.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7358Mr. Barry then passed around the dried crayfish that he had brought.  They had a nice smokey aroma.  We passed them around so our students could smell them.

Since they weren’t yet ground up, we got to use a coffee grinder for the first time.  We compared the sound of the blender to the sound of the coffee grinder and found that the coffee grinder was much quieter!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7420We also looked at how the crayfish changed after it had been ground——-it sure looked different!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7434IMG_7449Mr. Barry got the rice that had been started a little earlier and poured some of the water out of it.  When he opened the coconut milk he passed it around for our students to see and smell.  He talked about how times have changed from when he had to get actual coconuts in order to get the milk!

IMG_7448He also passed around some of the spices he used for the students to smell.Some of them liked the aroma—–others not so much 🙂

 

 

 

 

IMG_7494IMG_7499We added all of the ingredients into the pot of rice and let it cook some more.  The aroma as it was cooking was AMAZING!  We were so excited to taste the dish and ALL of our students loved it!!

IMG_7508                                                           Some even asked for seconds 🙂

 

 

 

IMG_6832Hope you enjoyed learning about Africa with us this week. Join us again next time for more fun and learning Group by Group!