Monday, May 16, 2011

Things That Go!

Transportation is always a fun unit in Kindergarten. The boys especially love it! Being that I have 12 boys & 5 girls, this unit was a huge success this year. Each day we learned about a different mode of transportation and did a corresponding craft/writing activity. We learned about different types of trucks, aircraft, boats, trains and cars. I began this unit with an interactive writing about transportation. As I suspected, this is one chart that the boys were excited to make with me!

We started the week talking about different types of trucks. We learned about dump trucks, tow trucks, fire trucks, 18 wheelers, pick up trucks, etc. Our activity was to build a truck using different shapes & to decide what kind of truck they would have. Then, they wrote about their trucks & how they can help us. I am so sorry that I don't have a picture of this activity because they did an awesome job with it.

The next day we learned about boats. We talked about row boats, kayaks, canoes, motor boats, cruise ships, pirate ships, & submarines. Then we painted boats & wrote about them. Here are some pictures:
(Sorry that you can't really see these...but you get the idea)!

By mid-week we learned about ways to travel by air...planes, hot air balloons, rockets, helicopters, etc. We made a rocket by tracing the shapes, cutting them out & piecing them together. This always turns out to be one of my favorites during this theme. Check out the pics.

Don't you just love the fire alarm right in the middle of my display? :)

Ok, so you can't see the writing...pencil just won't show up in my pics!

Our next mode of transportation was trains. We made signs with this one. They are pretty they are.

They traced the shapes of the sign, cut it out & tore paper to make the designs of the signs. Love these!

To wrap up the week, we reviewed the modes of transportation that we have learned and added any new ones to our chart. Then we created a trasportation mural. A colleague drew the picture for me. My class made houses to put on the mural. After the houses were added, we cut out modes of transportation from magazines and placed them in the air, water, or on the land. Here is what it looks like. It turned out even better than I expected! It is so long that I couldn't get it all in one picture...
This is the beach side of the mural.

This is the neighborhood side of the mural.

All in all, this unit turned out to be a lot of fun for the boys & the girls! Everyone learned a lot of new information...that's always good! :)


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