We started out by sorting all types of transportation vehicles into things that go on water (float), in air (fly), and over land (drive). The only things that stumped us were escalators and elevators so we put them in a special category! We set sail learning about different types of boats and what they are used for. Before making our own sailboats we experimented what types of things float well and sorted things that float and things that sink. We were all shocked to find that many heavy things sink... they all predicted that heavy things float because boats are heavy! Even more shocking was discovering that everything made of wood floats. Finally we made our own little sailboats out of cups, play dough, straws, and paper. Before we could set sail we named our boats... "S.S. Spiderman," "S.S. Star," "S.S. Flowers." They all set sail and it was hard for us not to create huge waves and sink our own ships. Learning self control and the scientific process all rolled into one!
Next up we talked about things that fly. Helicopters, airplanes, jets, hot air balloons, and more. We made our own counting books and practiced drawing a particular number of vehicles... pretty tricky but we did great! We played a really fun game together in class to practice listening to directions and cooperation. I called out the name of something and if it could fly we zoomed around the room.... if it couldn't fly we quietly landed and waited. So many giggles and we even did some interpretive flying and sound effects depending on the vehicle. An airplane showed up on our playground surprisingly and we practiced taking turns being the pilot and flying around the world. Peru, Disneyland, Montana, New York, Michigan, and the beach were some of our stops.
We spent a week exploring emergency vehicles and talking specifically about fire engines and fire safety. Clifford the puppet came by to share some fire safety tips to help us gear up for our field trip to the Hall of Flames Museum. We had a great time exploring the museum with the help of Fireman Mark! A big thank you for everyone for making this field trip happen.
Here are some of the other highlights from centers around the room. Building buildings and smashing them with monster trucks, painting with cars followed by a car wash, building cars and trains out of straws and caps, making vehicles out of pattern blocks, playing in our bulldozer with construction hats and tools, and so many good books! We have come so far since the beginning of the year and we are spending so much time learning cooperatively and so much less time modeling appropriate behaviors. It is always important to not only emphasize how much we are learning about in all subjects... but how much we are learning socially. Things like taking turns, sharing, helping clean up, using nice manners, asking to join in and play, and solving our own problems are becoming second nature. It is so cool to see. Coming up next .... BUGS! BUGS! BUGS!