I love teaching the typical Transportation unit, but most K's can sort and classify vehicles according to water, air, and land with little trouble. Why waste one more second teaching something they already know, or can grasp in one lesson? If you know me you know that if it's not fun and interesting there's little chance for that lesson.... So, my Transportation unit now looks like this...
We begin by listening to Greg and Steve's "Listen and Move". Then we read the book, Silly Sally by Audrey Wood and list ways we move on a chart. Next, we play "Mrs. Estes Says" by choosing ways to move from the chart. It's great to hear the children applying their literacy skills to read the words within a science lesson!
|After experimenting with how people move, we experimented with how objects move. We then sorted objects by push, pull or both. We created a Venn on the rug, but the hula hoops have been removed.|
|Objects can also move with "invisible forces". The object of this lesson was to move the ball to the end of the string - no further - without touching the ball....|
|All good scientists report their findings. This is their Science Journal which was read at the group meeting. Again, using our literacy skills in a meaningful context!|
On another day we used various weighted balls to move a toy truck. The children measured the distance traveled with yarn.
|Two ways we integrated math - using non-standards units of measurement (yarn) and creating a graph to report our findings.|
On another day the children measured the distance with blocks and counted the number. You cannot beat that number sense!
| I watched this group count the Unifix cubes twice to verify this number. Good ole number sense!|
Check back - this unit is not over!