Sunday, November 13, 2011

Transportation Unit

This week we are going to specifically focus our learning on transportation. Although the unit is more focused around Jenni's learning, I included several activities that Joshua can enjoy with us (coloring, exploring the sensory tub, painting, playing with vehicles on the play mats, puzzles, reading, etc.).

All Change! written by Ian Whybrow
Alphabeep: A Zipping, Zooming ABC written by Debora Pearson
Boats written by Byron Barton
Flying written by Donald Crews
Here Comes Grandma! written by Janet Lord
How Will We Get to the Beach? written by Brigitte Luciani
Late for School! written by Stephanie Calmenson
Maisy Drives the Bus written by Lucy Cousins
Maisy's Book of Things That Go written by Lucy Cousins
The Noisy Airplane Ride written by Mike Downs
Rattle and Rap written by Susan Steggall
Red Light, Green Light written by Anastasia Suen
Sail Away written by Donald Crews
School Bus written by Donald Crews
Trains, Cranes & Troublesome Trucks based on The Railway Series by The Reverend W Awdry
Truck Driver Tom written by Monica Wellington
Wake Up Engines written by Denise Dowling
We All Go Traveling By written by Sheena Roberts

Transportation Sensory Tub
You can read more about our transportation sensory tub here.

Transportation Play Mats

Tic Tac Toe
I created a Tic Tac Toe grid on Word, printed it on cardstock, taped it to transportation scrapbook paper and laminated it for this unit. We will use red and yellow counters for our game pieces. 

Skip Counting

I created blank numbered cards on Word, printed it on cardstock, added vehicle stickers for fun and laminated it for little hands. Jenni will practice skip counting from 10 to 100 and 100 to 1000.

I created a 3x3 grid on Word, added transportation sign images from Google, printed it on cardstock, taped it to road sign scrapbook paper and laminated it for durability.

Matching & Memory Game
I printed out two sets of these transportation cards on cardstock and laminated them for extra durability. Joshua will work on matching the cards and Jenni will use the cards to play memory.

Parking Lot Game
I printed this parking lot game on cardstock.
1. Roll the dice. 2. Count the dots on the dice. 3. Place a car in the correct parking space. 4. The first person to fill up their parking lot wins!

Tissue Paper Car
J will crumple square pieces of tissue paper and stick it onto the car.

Floor Puzzles
We will put together our Melissa and Doug alphabet train and fire truck floor puzzles.

Rampin' It
We will set up a ramp and practice rolling cars down the ramp. We will test to see which car goes fastest, slowest, etc. (Science activity from Mudpies to Magnets)

Rolling, Rolling, Rolling
We will select objects (some of which will roll and some objects which do not roll). J will predict their rolling ability and divide them into three piles (will roll, will not roll, will roll if placed right). We will set up an inclined plane and J will check her predictions by trying to roll the objects. (Science activity from Mudpies to Magnets)

Tire Art
Jenni and Joshua will run the tires from their cars through paint and onto a long piece of white art paper. We will use various sizes of cars to see the difference in the size of the tires and tire patterns.

All of the following activities can be found here:

Count the Train Cars
Jenni will line up the train cars in numerical order from one to ten and then ten to one.

After counting the train cars, J will sort the odd and even numbers.

Transportation Words
J will sound out the word and match it to the vehicle.

Spelling Vehicle Words
J will practice spelling words.

Left & Right
This will be a good review of sorting vehicles based on the direction they're facing.

Puzzle Cards
J will put the 3 pieces together to form a vehicle.

Shadow Matching
This will be a new activity for J - matching the vehicle to it's shadow. Joshua might enjoy this too.

Count the Vehicles
This will be a nice review of counting and number recognition.

Color by Number
J will determine which color to use for each number to color the train.

To read about our transportation unit in action, click here.

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