Talk Together: Ramp Review

  • photos and drawings of ramp explorations
  • What Is a Scientist? (book)
  • down
  • move
  • ramp

MA Standards:

English Language Arts/Speaking and Listening/SL.PK.MA.1: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners during daily routines and play.
English Language Arts/Language/L.PK.MA.1: Demonstrate use of oral language in informal everyday activities.

MA Draft Standards:

Physical Sciences/Motion and Stability; Forces and Interaction/PS2.B: Using evidence, discuss ideas about what is making something move the way it does and how some movements can be controlled. [Cause and Effect, Stability and Change]

Head Start Outcomes:

Logic and Reasoning/Reasoning and Problem Solving: Recognizes cause and effect relationships.
Science Knowledge/Scientific Skills and Method: Collects, describes, and records information through discussions, drawings, maps, and charts.

PreK Learning Guidelines:

English Language Arts/Language 2: Participate actively in discussions, listen to the ideas of others, and ask and answer relevant questions.
English Language Arts/Language 3: Communicate personal experiences or interests.

Talk Together: Ramp Review

© Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Early Education and Care (Jennifer Waddell photographer). All rights reserved.

STEM Key Concepts: A ramp, or inclined plane, is a surface with one end higher than the other; An object placed on an inclined plane will roll, slide, or stay put; The shape of an object affects whether it will roll or slide or stay put

ELA Focus Skills: Speaking and Listening, Vocabulary

Discuss with children their ramps explorations from the week. Say, This week you explored ramps and how different objects move down ramps. You used some of the same skills scientists use as they explore.

  • Emphasize how children asked questions, recorded observations, and noticed details in objects shapes and textures.
  • You may want to revisit a few pages in What Is a Scientist? by Barbara Lehn.

Display the photos and drawings from the indoor and outdoor explorations. Encourage children to dictate words to go with the photos and drawings, explaining what the children did, what they observed, and what they discovered. You may want to post the photo/drawing essay on your wall or bind it into a book for your group library.

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