Small Group: Ramp Drawings

  • crayons or markers
  • paper
  • fast
  • move
  • ramp

MA Standards:

Language/L.PK.MA.6: Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, listening to books read aloud, activities, and play.

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:

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.
Science and Technology/Inquiry Skills 4: Record observations and share ideas through simple forms of representation such as drawings.

Small Group: Ramp Drawings

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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; Observe and describe the way objects move when they are placed on ramps of different steepness and when they leave the ramps

ELA Focus Skills: Creative Expression, Speaking and Listening, Vocabulary

Have drawing materials available for children. Tell children you want them to document their ramp observations by drawing to illustrate the ramps they built indoors.

  • If the ramps are still standing, encourage children sit close to them as they draw so they can remember the different materials and objects they used.
  • If the ramps are dismantled, display photos to help children remember.

Encourage children to represent the movement of the objects on the ramps in their drawings. Ask, How can you show that the ball is moving fast?

  • Ask children questions about their pictures, prompting them to describe how their ramp is built and how the object moves on the ramp.
  • Encourage children to ask a buddy about his or her ramp and ramp observations. 
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