Interactive Science Pack: Solids and Liquids

Sunday, October 12, 2014 / 1 comment



Science can prove to be a tricky task in most classrooms, especially special needs classrooms, plus there are not a lot of materials out there to teach science concepts to our students. Students benefit from tons of concrete examples to help them understand these concepts that can be quite abstract to them. 


My students learn so much more when our activities are based around interactive books and hands-on sorting activities, so that is what my newest pack consists of! 


One of my favorite parts about this pack is the Real Object Sort!

Fill small containers with common solids and liquids you can find around the classroom/house and label them (pictures to label are included in the pack). 


Have the students make observations about the different objects (i.e. the orange juice flows, the coins do not change their shape) and then have the students sort the objects. Keep the materials in your science center for the students to explore daily!


I use the activities in this pack, plus tons of quick and fun hands on activities to teach my students the difference between solids and liquids. 

Be on the look out for more Interactive Science Packs coming your way! 

Here is a list of the topics I am working on right now (I have some work to do!):
Science Tools
Weather
Seasons
Landforms
The Five Senses
Magnetism
Body Parts
Push and Pull
Sink or Float
Living and Non-living
Habitats
Plants and Animals
Recycling
Texture
Life Cycle of a Pumpkin
Life Cycle of an Apple
Life Cycle of a Plant

How do you teach science concepts in your special needs classrooms?!  


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Let's Learn Numbers!

Thursday, October 9, 2014 / 1 comment
Teaching the concepts of numbers and counting can be a bit tricky in my classroom. Although some students may be able to count to ten, they might not understand one to one correspondence or they may be unable to actually identify the numerals 1-10. Since the first day of school, we have been working like crazy to get that number knowledge down pat!


Over the summer, I got this number book from See Hear Do. I could not WAIT to use it with my kiddos! I am all about using a multi-sensory approach to teaching my students.

The book covers the numbers 1-19 using the Amazing Action Alphabet’s whole brain approach. Each number comes with a large photo of the number (character) and a short story about them. They also include an action to teach for each number (my favorite part).




The little stories are JUST the right length, and the one line poems are perfect to squeeze into circle time and throughout the day as a reminder. So far, we are on number 6 and they absolutely ADORE the characters in the book. We go over the numbers during circle time, and it is just too cute how they all know the poems by heart and can do the actions.

During teacher time, we use the poems as well as the interactive books from my one to one correspondence pack to practice identifying numbers, matching numbers, and counting using one to one correspondence. I love how they can remember the actions and poems and they use them during our math activities. It makes the activity so interactive and fun!





GREAT NEWS!

See Hear Do has been kind enough to let me give away a FREE copy of The Number Neighborhood. I'm telling you, you don't want to miss out on a chance to win this book! It has become such an important part of our daily routine!!

The See Hear Do Company!


Also - be sure to check out See Head Do's blog! They share TONS of activities and ideas that go along with the stories in their books! 

Here are a few examples for the number three - She grows a tree!




For other amazing products from the See Hear Do Company, click on the picture below! 
I have my eye on The Amazing Alphabet!

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