This week our focus was on our 5 senses, and we had a lot of fun different activities to explore our sense of smell and touch. We even went on a nature walk into the ‘forest’ (it’s a few trees behind our school with a path through it) to take pictures of things that we could see. So fun and our students have been asking to go back on a nature walk again!
We had our first snow fall this week. That meant that students came with their full snow suits, and getting 23 students ready to go outside for recess can take a long time with all their winter gear. That is why we are encouraging them to be as independent as possible with this zipper club poster. We encourage each student to try their best to do up their coat, and if they still need help then they can come to a teacher. I have quite a few more names to add to the poster since they did so well getting ready, they are so excited to add their names! If you would like to start your own Zipper Club, here is the zipper name tags:
The Day the Crayons Quit
Our class worked together to respond to the book The Day the Crayons Quit and they each wrote a letter to their favourite crayon. We put all their letters together in a class book that they can read. They had a lot of fun coming up with their illustrations, and they were excited to see it come together as a book. I brought my binding machine to school that day so that they could see how it hole punches, and how the comb works. I gave them the chance to hole punch their page and put it on the comb. If you would like to make your own class book, or have your student write a letter, you can download it here:
Our new sensory bin this week was made with our sense of smell in mind. I wanted to make it smell really nice, and give a variety of scents for our students to explore, so I included a few different herbs:
I also added slices of dehydrated limes, lemons and oranges. Students used the bowls and spoons to mix and experiment with the different ingredients.
Play Dough with Herbs
I made some plain play dough, with a slight tint to it (very light purple) and added some different herbs to the table. Students were encouraged to cut, mix and play with the different materials, and to discover the different scents. They made a lot of pizza and sandwiches this week, they had so much fun with this play dough invitation!
Sense of Touch
We also worked on our sense of touch this week. We used this simple worksheet that my teaching partner thought of to document the different textures that we could feel with the different materials. A simple, but effective activity. If you would like to do this with your class, you can download it for free:
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