Sunday, April 10, 2011

Transportation

I had this entire blog post written once – Windows Live Writer crashed on me and I had to start all over again!  I hear my husband saying, “Did you save?” Yep, he’s right again. Next time, I’ll save.

We did our unit on transportation a couple of weeks ago.  I was gone for a 2 days that week for curriculum meetings and IEP/Transition meetings, so needless to say, it was a wild week!  I am so behind on blog posts too – seeds and plants, April Fool’s….I hope to squeeze them in sometime, but my plate is overflowing right now while I am finishing up my last 3 weeks of grad school.  I can NOT wait until May, when I do not have to write any more papers!

So, here is our unit:

We started off the week reading this book:

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In this book, the mom wants to go to the beach, but her car breaks down.  She needs to find another way to get to the beach, but with each way that she finds, she has to leave 1 of 5 things behind.  The children have to guess which thing she has to leave behind.  We made a flow map to sequence the events {and cause and effect} of the story.  I forgot to take a picture of this – sorry!image
The kids loved this fun rhyming book! The teacher (whose car breaks down!) is late for school – he has a rule to NEVER, EVER be late for school.  He tries many different ways to get to school.  Of course, he ends up being late, and has to change his rule.  Super cute.

We read two books for our Scott Foresman reading series.  These were the days that I was gone, so nothing to exciting to report with these books! The children wrote about different types of transportation and the ways they come to school.

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Our last book of the week was my favorite!

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The kids loved this book, and the illustrations are fantastic!

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When we finished reading, we brainstormed a list of all of the items that the boy put on or in his car.  Then the creativity happened – the children got to dream up their own car!  I loved their creativity!

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LOVE the fairy car! You can download this sheet here.

We also read Hot Air Henry and wrote aboimageut a balloon adventure we might have. I got the balloon idea from a friend a few years ago, and it’s one of my favorite ideas!  The kids love designing their balloon, and their writing is so fun to read! At this point in the year, they are such amazing writers, some kids will write 3-4 pages!!{It might be hard to see from the picture, but the kids’ pictures are inside of the baskets!

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We also made a fantastic transportation mural!  We brainstormed a big list of all the different types of transportation – on land, on water, and on air, and then put it on a tree map.  The kids chose the type of transportation that they wanted to make for our mural and they made it all on their own.  No patterns.  I love this kind of art! So fun!  They also made pipe cleaner people and glued their pictures on as well as labels for their vehicle.

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These are some fun stoplights that our head start class made.  They used caro syrup to make the stoplight colors! They always look so pretty hanging up, but I’m afraid to attempt this in Kindergarten – not enough helpers! I can just imagine the mess!

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{Math and Literacy Centers}

I love Julie Lee over at Mrs. Lee’s Kindergarten!  Some of these centers came from her – make sure you head on over and check out her blog!

This idea came from Julie – I added a few more steps on it to meet the needs of my class – the kids love it!

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The kids matched trains and wagons to find the correct time and write it on their recording sheet.

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This center was challenging for some of my kiddos.  For the harder coin combinations, I added money stickers to the back of the airplane so they could take a peek if they needed to.DSCN0745

In this center the kids measured with standard and non-standard units.

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This idea came from Julie – the kids pick a car, listen for the sound that is on the car, and write it on the correct traffic light.  I also had them stretch out the words and write them.DSCN0747

Boating for Blends – the kids wrote the word with the correct blend.

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They stamped the missing letters.

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Practice with silent e.

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At this center the kids matched the sight word truck with the color word and then stamped the sight word.

You can download these centers {here}, {here}, {here}, {here}, and {here}.  If you choose to download these documents, please leave a note to let me know that you did as well as publicly follow my blog.  Thanks for your support!

84 Notes to the Teacher:

S. Parker said...

Thanks, Kathleen! I will be using these when I return to kindergarten next fall. You may want to add Truckery Rhymes to your transportation collection. It's a great play on classic nursery rhymes. :)

Cher said...

First year K-teacher here! I'm always looking for inspiration. Thanks so much for offering free resources! :) Will be purchasing from your store soon.

-Cher

The Peterson Family said...

Thanks so much for sharing! I can't believe that your kinders are doing some of this stuff. I will definitely be putting some of these centers to good use.

edegrote said...

Thanks for sharing your center activities.

Megan said...

What a wonderful collection of activities. Thanks so much for sharing!

Martha said...

Thanks so much for the great ideas...will implement some of these after spring break!

LeAnne Cooper said...

I love these centers, and I can't wait to use some of them with my kinders! Thanks for sharing!!

Molli927 said...

I teach first, but I saved the transportation goodies-- maybe to use at the beginning of the year next year. Also, I'm going to try the If I Built a Car, just because the book looks so cute!

Suzan said...

I am so excited to add the book, If I Built a Car to my transportation unit next year! It will go perfectly with our "build-a-car" activity! Thanks for the idea.
Suzan
krazyforkindergarten.blogspot.com

Kimberly said...

Love your blog! Thanks for sharing your hard work!
Kimberly
http://funkyfirstgradefun.blogspot.com/

Mrs. O'Donnell said...

Thank you so much for sharing, I love your ideas and Mrs. Lees! :)Always great!

Cindy said...

Thanks for the AWESOME shares!! I love to check your blog to see what new things you've got going on! :o)

Cindy

Stephanie said...

These are super cute! Thanks for sharing, I can't wait to use these with my kinders!

mdudte said...

Thank you for sharing! You always have such wonderful ideas!

Pepedog said...

LOVE them!! Thanks for sharing! :)

Carole said...

Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful ideas:)

Beth said...

Hi Kathleen!
Thanks so much for sharing your ideas. I love them! I always look forward to reading your new posts. Can't wait to use these activities with my transportation unit. I have LOVED everything on TPT!

Anonymous said...

love these! thanks for sharing!

Kinderpond said...

Your site is on my blog roll! :)

Jennifer

Jessica said...

I love these! Our kindergarten team uses the Scotts Foresman series. We have already done our Transportation unit, but I will definitely save these for next year! =)

Alicia M said...

Thanks so much for posting these centers and sharing your ideas. We worked on our transportation theme last week but now I have some new things to look forward to next year. However, we are starting time on Monday and I plan on using the trains. Thank you for wealth of knowledge and creativity as well as your generosity!

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to let you know how much it is appreciated that you take the time to share all of your cute ideas. Thank you so much!

chloesmom said...

Awsome stuff! Thanks for sharing.

foolishme03 said...

Kathleen!! As busy as you are - you "found time" to update your Blog with soooo many WONDERFUL resources!! Your LOVE and PASSION for what you do "shines!" What LUCKY students you have - you are loved by so many!!! Thank you for ALL that you do!!! Awesome shares today!!
Laurie Ayers
foolishme03@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing! I love all your ideas and Mrs. Lee's ideas. You are excellent teachers. I will put to use all your centers and I am sure my kids will love them just as much as me. Thanks again!

Irma

Kim Schneider said...

Thanks Kathleen for sharing your amazing talent with us all. FANTASTIC CENTERS!!! I'm checking in on your blog many times a week for updates. Just wondering what DJ Inkers you used for the transportation ideas? TOO CUTE!

Maryann said...

Hi Kathleen!
Thanks so much for posting all the wonderful ideas! Wow! You are incredible! Ay chance to get the patterns for the dump truck-rocks using tally marks, etc.
I would will to purchase from you!
Thanks again,
Maryann brennemm@carlisleschools.org

Heather Simpson said...

Wow! Thanks for all the great printables and ideas!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing! These will make a great addition to my files for next year.

Roden's Rants said...

Thank you so much for sharing!!! Great ideas and super cute!! Will be saving for next year!!!

Miss. Paxson said...

Thank you so much for posting these! I can't wait to use them in our transportation unit next year!

Megan said...

Thanks so much for sharing! Great activities!

Allison said...

Great job! Thanks for sharing these great activities. I downloaded them all and I follow your blog. :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing these amazing center ideas! My kinder kiddos will be so excited. =) You're awsome! -Liz

Cristy Wagner said...

Wow! These centers are wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing.
Cristy Wagner
www.krazy4kinders.blogspot.com

Jonelle Bell said...

Thank you! Thank You! Thank You! Our Right to Read Week theme this May is transportation. I am so excited about this post!!
Jonelle

Ms.M said...

Thanks for posting these. I downloaded them & filed them away for when I do transportation again next year. Thanks again.

Ms. M
www.msk1ell.blogspot.com

Karen LeBlanc said...

"Frog"tastic! Thanks for sharing!

www.froggyfriendsfun.blogspot.com

The Playdoh Princess said...

Thank you so much for sharing! I am so excited to use these next year when I move from 1st to kindergarten! Alicia

grace said...

I check out your blog often!! thanks for sharing your great ideas!!

bbaxter711 said...

Thanks for sharing!! We do transportation in the fall, so I have saved your recording sheets for next year. I check your blog at least once a week, if not more. I appreciate all your hard work!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing all of these great ideas! I check both of your blogs on a weekly basis and always find lots of awesome ideas!!

Katie

Anonymous said...

25 cents for a hot air balloon :) You are expensive :) I only do 5 cent rides ;) ha!
LB

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much!

Chrissy said...

Two of my favorite books--"Late For School" and "If I Built A Car" :-)

You've made me want to tweak my schedule and fit in a unit on transportation! EXCELLENT resources. Thank you for sharing!

ReadWriteSing

K said...

Thanks for sharing such great ideas!

Christopher said...

Thanks for sharing your cute ideas!
I was wondering if you could post a schedule of your day. This is my first year teaching, and I don't know if I could fit all of the stuff you do with my kinders. :)

Christopher

Jolene said...

Wonderful ideas!! Thanks for sharing them!

Michelle said...

Thank you for sharing. I love your center ideas and can't wait to put them to use in my classroom! Your blog really inspires me! I didn't see the beginning, middle, and end recording sheet with the traffic lights and the sight word/color word match titled on the road again. I might have just missed them! Are these available as well? Any info would be great- lmtowe@aol.com

Thanks!

Julie Dodd said...

Kathleen-I downloaded these AWESOME center ideas! Thanks so much for your willingness to share. Can't wait to work on this stuff! I also got some from Julie Lee's site and I appreciate people like you and Julie.

Julie

Virginia said...

I finally see how transportation can be used across the curriuculum. Look forward to using this unit in the future.

DualKinderTeacher said...

Thanks so much for sharing! I'm a loyal follower! :)

lizpolston said...

Thanks so much for sharing! I am inspired to be creative every time I see your blog posts!

Harmony Robinson said...

Thank you so much for sharing! You and other bloggers inspired me to share some of the things I make too.

Your time sharing these things is so, so appreciated!

kindergartenharmony.blogspot.com

Jenny said...

I love these centers! Thank you so much for posting them! Can't wait to use them with my Kindies!!!

Jenna said...

I love these, I will use them for an extra challenge with my daughter

Ms. Male said...

I am hoping to head back to kindergarten next year, so I am stocking up on all the resources I can get my hands on. Your blog is full of super cute stuff! Consider me a fan! :)

Lynola said...

Thanks! I look forward to trying a few of these next year.

Anonymous said...

thanks for the shares. i will definetly be following your blog!!!

Kelli said...

Thanks for sharing. I too love Julie she has great ideas.

Kelli

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing! Love your blog!

Anonymous said...

I had no idea teaching transportation could be so much FUN!! Thank you so much for the inspiration!!

Rachelle said...

Great work girl! Love these!!!!! This will work perfect for the beg. of next year!
-Rachelle
whattheteacherwants.blogspot.com

Alessia Albanese said...

Thank for sharing! Wonderful ideas! I'm back to work in the fall so I will definitely use them then!
- Alessia
mrsalbanesesclass.blogspot.com

Passenger Ferries said...

Nice post! Thanks and keep on sharing.
Michael

Passenger Ferries said...

Brainstorming a list of all of the items that your kids could put on or in his car was an excellent idea in If I Built a Car book.
I hope you will share more with us. Thank you!
R.J.

Amy said...

Thank you! I can't wait to use these!

Gwen said...

Thank you, Kathleen! These will be great for my K & 1st kids.

Mrs. L. said...

Thanks for the great ideas.

Unknown said...

wow I just found this transportation unit on your blog!! Thank you for sharing all the wonderful ideas and resources! Love your blog
Tonia
Tvento1313@msn.com

Sharon said...

Love the transportation unit. I can't find the truck sight word page.
Thanks

Anonymous said...

These are great, but I couldn't find the truck sight word page either. Thanks so much for sharing! Samantha

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for all the new ideas! I really like your site and I will be using some ideas from your transportation unit.

Mrs. Breehne's Wild Things said...

Thank you so much for sharing! You ROCK!

Debbie Lindeman said...

Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful creations!!! You are so talented and I am so envious!!! You have saved me hours and hours of work!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your ideas. They will be put to good use.

Abby Tuckner said...

I am excited to use your wonderful ideas. This is the first time I will be teaching transportation in K and these will be especially helpful!

Emily Beam said...

Can't wait to use these next week! Thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the post. I love the Transportation ideas!!!

Anonymous said...

HiKathleen!
Thank you so much for sharing your hard work. All of these centers are amazing and I can't wait to use them! Thank you, Thank you!

Emily

Jane Watson said...

I am using If I Built a Car in a workshop I am doing. The vocabulary is very rich in this book. Many thanks for the ideas and pictures. I'll let you know what the teachers come up with for centers. Jane

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for these amazing ideas we start transportation next week!

Deanna Sessoms said...

Thank you so much for the cute bulletin board ideas...I need to do a transportation unit this month and a bulletin board. So going to use your ideas!
Deanna
APrimaryOwl

Nathalie said...

Thank you for sharing! I tried to find the dump truck math worksheet, but I am having difficulties. Would you mind e-mailing it to me? http://mrsleeskindergarten.com/ isn't working.

THANKS for the great ideas and free resources!
Nathaliemoraffah@gmail.com

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