We found things in our environment that were wheels. We took a walk around our campus and took pictures of all the wheels we found. We saw a tire swing, a pizza cart, a scooter, cars, and a “really big truck” (it had 14 wheels)! We came back talked about our observations and represented them. We examined balls and wheels and talked about the difference. We learned a new vocabulary word, ‘sphere.’ We read lots of fiction and nonfiction books about things with wheels.
In Blocks and Building Sets, teachers added wheels and axles. We also added ramps, and students experimented with vehicles on ramps.
The students began noticing wheels all over their environment. They collected “tree disks” on the playground. They noticed wheels in their snacks-pasta, cheerios, and pretzels. Children explored all of these items to determine if they rolled.
Field Work: We went to the Lanier Wilkins home for a Wheel Parade. They had 37 things with wheels, lined up from smallest to largest. The children used magnifying glasses, clipboards, papers and markers to make observational drawings and tire rubbings. We posted these when we came back to the room. We even made flip-books.
We had a number of guest experts visit our class. Joe and Mary brought a race car to school! Joe explained all about his car while the children made observational drawings. Each child had a turn sitting in the racecar. PHASE 3Concluding the Project
To conclude our project, we invited parents to our class for a Wheel Celebration. We sang songs, showed them the vehicles we constructed, and taught them lots about wheels. We even ate food that looked like wheels-donuts, bagels, and a cake shaped like a tire!
We ended our project with a wheel parade.
Developed by Julie Fox and Carrie McQuaig at Duke School
Kathy Bartelmay, Curriculum Director
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