Theme – On the Move
- Make class written ‘big books’ about different modes of transport.
- Write a narrative about a magic carpet ride.
- Students write a poem about moving to a new house or school. Include descriptions of how they are feeling.
- Write ‘What am I?’ clues for forms of transport or transport-oriented occupations.
- Compile lists of fine motor (e.g. blinking) and gross motor (e.g. jumping) activities requiring body movements.
- Write sentences about different forms of transport using imaginative verbs describing how it moves; e.g. The truck rumbles down the road.
- Compile lists of words associated with the way people, animals and plants can move; e.g. swim, hop, sway, slither, climb, bend, gallop. Match each word with an appropriate animal or plant example.
- Complete simple sentences using adverbs to describe how, when or where things move; e.g. We swam yesterday. The boys ran outside.
- Collect pictures relating to transport from magazines and/or newspapers and sort them into different categories.
Reading and viewing
- View brochures about bicycle and road safety.
- Display and discuss photographs and pictures of unusual modes of transport the students have travelled on.
- Collect local bus or train timetables and learn how to read them.
- Read the story ‘The tortoise and the hare’. Predict what might happen. Discuss what did happen. What is the lesson?
- View a simple Beaufort scale to see how the strength of wind is calculated by how much things around us move.
Speaking and listening
- Listen to a transport sound effects CD. Identify and describe the sounds.
- Invite different transport workers to talk to the class about what they do.
- Make simple puppets and perform a puppet show telling the story of a family travelling on a train trip, plane flight etc.
- Students prepare a short talk to present to a small group about an event they have experienced involving transport; e.g. a ferry ride, a caravan holiday, ride on a ghost train.
Music and movement
- Have students sit in pairs facing each other. Using ‘slow’ music, have one student copy his/her partner’s arm movements, creating a mirror image.
- Use musical instruments to make sounds of animals moving through a jungle, rainforest or desert.
- Students walk around the classroom in a style that matches the music playing; e.g. stomping to loud music, tiptoeing to quiet music.
- Students pretend they are driving a car, bus, motorcycle etc. and use arm and body movements as ‘indicators’ to turn left or right, reverse or go forward. Sound effects could also be added.
- Plan a set of exercises that move different parts of the body, set to a short piece of appropriate music.
- Using different percussion instruments, students study how the player and each instrument moves in order to create a sound.
Dance and drama
- Compose dances that involve the different ways people, animals and plants can move; e.g. swaying, tiptoeing, wriggling, bending, stretching, jumping.
- Students create and mime an activity that involves a sequence of separate movements; e.g. folding clothes and putting in a drawer, cutting food on a plate, laying the table. Others guess the activity.
- Students choose a simple machine (i.e. something that moves without battery power) and, with a partner, use actions to simulate how it moves.
Art and craft
- Create 3-D papier-mâché models of different modes of transport.
- Use a variety of objects and ink pads to make footprints/tracks of people, various animals and modes of transport.
- Paint a scene of storm clouds moving across the sky.
- Design a poster promoting a type of exercise; e.g. walking, running, a type of sport.
- Make a collage of drawings or pictures of various forms of transport cut out from magazines/newspapers.
- Explain to students how muscles and bones help people move.
- Follow instructions to make a paper plane or helicopter. Test and record to see how long it takes to reach the ground or how far it travels.
- Learn about wheels and how they make things easier to move.
- Look at different animal species and categorise them by how they move.
- Make a sundial to chart the apparent movement of the sun across the sky.
- Experiment with ways to make a toy car move faster and slower; for example, add weights to slow it down or change to a smoother surface or a sloped surface to make it travel faster.
- Explore why birds migrate for winter. Find the names of some types of birds which are known to do this.
- Make a parachute from cling film, string and a paperclip. Test it and make the necessary adjustments.
Chance and data
- Play board games that involve transport tokens and transport rules.
- Conduct a garden survey to see how many different animal ‘movers’ are seen in a given time; e.g. running, crawling, flying, hopping.
- Construct a pictograph that shows how many students have travelled on unusual forms of transport; e.g. hot-air balloons.
- Tally the different modes of transport that travel on a section of road. Use the statistics to create a pictograph.
- Use an outline of a picture of a mode of transport. Number sections of the outline from one to six (i.e. for a car: wheel-1, door-2, boot-3, bonnet-4 etc.). In a small group, students take turns rolling a die. Each colours the part of the transport matching the number rolled. The first person to colour the whole picture wins.
- Follow instructions to measure paper and dowelling to construct a kite that can fly.
- Measure the time it takes to walk to different locations around the school.
- Select a variety of outlined shapes of types of transport; shapes of cars, canoes, trains, hot-air balloons, yachts etc. Use arbitrary units, such as cubes, counters or buttons, to measure the outlined area.
- Measure the distance class members can jump.
- Record the time it takes for students to move in different ways across a given distance; e.g. crawling, hopping.
- Measure each student’s stride. Who has the longest/shortest? Who takes the biggest/smallest steps?
Space and shape
- Enlarge or reduce simple transport shapes; e.g. car, canoe, train, hot-air balloon, yacht.
- Make shapes of vehicles using different 2-D geometric shapes. Ask: How many squares, circles etc. does it take to make the shape?
- Locate different shapes found within pictures or photographs of different modes of transport.
- Compare the size of the wheels on different modes of transport.
- Count the number of vehicles/bicycles of specific colours or types in the school carpark/school bike rack. Sets of handlebars, tyres, wheels etc. could also be counted.
- Follow instructions to perform a required number of movements; e.g. 10 claps, 12 stamps, 3 jumps.
- Draw various amounts of different types of transport: 1 car, 2 trucks, 3 bicycles, 4 tractors, 5 buses. Ask ‘more than’ and ‘less than’ number problems relating to numbers of vehicles, their wheels, windows, seats etc.
- Look at a photograph(s) of a car and locate where numbers are used; e.g. licence sticker, number plate, speedometer.
Working mathmatically/Appreciating maths
- Use travel brochures to help plan a day trip to a popular tourist destination that involves using as many different types of transport as possible.
HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION
- Discuss safety devices used with various transport; bike helmets, seat belts, life rafts, air masks (aircraft), elbow/knee pads (inline skates).
- Play the game ‘Traffic lights’ on the oval.
- Devise a race involving different activities; i.e. 1-forward roll, 2-bunny -hops, 3-throw-and-catch of a ball, 4-throw the bean bag in the basket, 5-cartwheel.
- Make a poster that encourages people to walk, ride a bicycle or use public transport instead of using a car.
- Plan a fun day out in the local community that involves as much moving around as possible.
- In small groups, students discuss different fun ways they could be more active and move more throughout the day.
SOCIETY AND ENVIRONMENT
- Draw pictures of how people can move and display them under one of three headings: land, sea, air.
- Order pictures of various forms of transport (air, ocean/water, road, rail) to show history and changes over time.
- Interview older people to find out how he/she travelled to school and compare and contrast with class members.
- Make a ‘hall of fame’ list of Australian athletes who have, for example, swum and run fast, thrown objects far and jumped far and high.
- Students compare how they move at their current age with how they moved as babies. How will they move when they are elderly?
- Chart the different countries families have moved from to settle in Australia. Locate the nations on a map.
- Make a brochure that gives information about different types of public transport available in the local community.
TECHNOLOGY AND ENTERPRISE
- Plan and draw a health centre with suitable areas for different movement activities; e.g. yoga, basketball, aerobics, swimming.
- Use paper, straw and string to make an aerofoil (a ‘wing’) which flies when dragged while running.
- Design a boat that can float and also transport ‘cargo’, such as paperclips, cotton wool, buttons etc. Compare and contrast different designs.
- Design a T-shirt to promote a health message; e.g. Get moving!, Move your body