WELCOME TO JANUARY !
We are learning all about : Transportation !
Our next unit : Transportation, children will move from inquiring and thinking critically about the places where animals and people live to exploring how people move from place to place. We will learn about using vehicles and other methods of transportation that do not require vehicles, such as walking. This unit, like all Pre-K for All units, provides opportunities for children to observe objects and phenomena in their environment with increasing complexity through hands-on activities in the classroom and in the community. In this unit, children have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of a major part of New York City life across all five boroughs. The full diversity of our city is reflected in this unit through the examination of trains, boats, cars, airplanes, buses, specialty vehicles and more!
We Are Learning…
Welcome to Unit 5: Transportation
How does my community use various modes of transportation?
· What kinds of transportation do I use and why?
· How are various modes of transportation similar and different?
· Who operates the vehicles in my community?
· How do we stay safe when using transportation?
Enduring understandings that the student should have by the end of the unit:
1-I use transportation to get to pre-K and other places.
2-We use different types of transportation for different reasons.
3-Vehicles move in different ways.
4-My family is important and unique.
5-Some vehicles are operated by community helpers such as bus drivers, conductors, firefighters, police officers and mail carriers.
6-There are many ways to stay safe when using transportation.
Connected Academic Vocabulary
Supporting Text for Transportation Unit
A Day in the Life of an Emergency Medical Technician by Heather Adamson: A closer look at the job of an EMT.
A Letter for Leo by Sergio Ruzzier: Leo delivers the mail but never receives any mail himself.
The Big Book of Things that Go DK Publishing: Giant sized pictures of an array of vehicles.
Boats by Anne Rockwell: Colorful boats of all shapes and sizes.
Bus Drivers by Rebecca Pettiford: Bus drivers can drive city buses, shuttle buses, coach buses and school buses.
The Bus is for Us by Michael Rosen: The bus is great because it is for everyone!
A Day in the Life of a Garbage Collector by Nate LeBoutillier: A look at all the responsibilities of a garbage collector.
The Construction Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta & Rob Bolster: A noisy exploration of construction equipment.
Construction Workers by Cari Meister: Construction workers read plans, tear down buildings, break up cement, make roofs, and more.
Diary of a Pilot by Angela Royston: This pilot flies workers to oil rigs.
*Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems: When the bus driver takes a break from his route a very unlikely volunteer arrives.
Everything Goes in the Air by Brian Biggs: Zoom along with Henry and his parents as they take off on an airborne journey and learn about all kinds of flying vehicles.
Even Firefighters Hug Their Moms by Christine Kole MacLean: A little boy and girl pretend to be a variety of heroes.
*Fast and Slow by Britta Teckentrup: What fast and slow things can you see today?
Firefighters A to Z by Chris Demarest: A day-in-the- life of firefighters whose job it is to answer the call to put out fires and save property and lives.
Firefighters to the Rescue! by Kersten Hamilton: First you hear the siren, then you see the lights, here comes the firetruck!
Food Trucks by Mark Todd: A convoy of comic food trucks is heading your way!
The Giant Hug by Sandra Horning: Follow the hug a little boy sends to his granny through the mail.
I'm A Truck Driver by Jonathan London: There are many different types of trucks to drive.
*I Read Signs by Tana Hoban: Thirty familiar signs invite children to come and take a look!
*I Want to be a Police Officer by Dan Liebman: Learn about many of the different ways a police officer can travel.
I Wonder Why Planes Have Wings and Other Questions About Transportation by Christopher Maynard: "Why don't ships sink? Which is the fastest jet plane? Why do cars need gasoline?" Climb aboard and discover the answers.