This month we are learning about how we get from one place to another. The first week was all about things you would see while you’re on the road. We learned about bridges, traffic signs, maps, and more!
One of the first activities we did from our theme box from Mother Goose Time was a building bridge experiment. The students had a lot of fun exploring with blocks and paper to make a bridge. I told them that the bridge had to hold 3 cars, but it could look anyway they wanted it to. I gave them a few examples, but let them explore making as many bridges as they wanted until they found one that they felt was stable enough to hold 3 cars. The students got creative and went to work trying to solve this problem of making a bridge stable enough to hold a toy car. I was very pleased with the results and think they learned a lot.
A few of their bridges broke the first few times and they had to go back to the drawing board, figure out why the bridge broke, and fix the problem. When they finally achieved their goal, they wanted to see how many cars they could get to fit on one of the bridges before it broke. I can’t remember the number we got to… it wasn’t very high. But, it was still fun to have a goal (which was to get more than 3 cars to fit on the bridge before it broke) that we could work together to achieve.
The STEAM station for that day was super simple, but was easily my students’ favorite activity. We built bridges with marshmallows and toothpicks. This activity was amazing for so many reasons. The students were developing their fine motor skills by picking up toothpicks and sticking them in the marshmallows. The students were identifying shapes they could make with the toothpicks and marshmallows. And the students were discovering that placing a toothpick in a certain place made the bridge stronger or weaker.
STOP!!. . . . . . . . . . Go!
This week, we also talked about street lights. We talked about what each of the colors mean. When you see red, you stop. When you see green, you go. When you see yellow, it’s warning you that the light is about to turn green and you need to either slow down and stop, or proceed with caution (if you are too close to the light to stop). I had to add the last part because some of the students were telling me that their moms speed up when the light turns yellow. Ha-ha!! Busted!!
Next week, we will be exploring things you can ride on like animals, cars, trucks, airplanes, and boats!
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