Watch Together: “What Do Wheels Do All Day?” (BTL show) #1

  • bumpy
  • roll
  • smooth
  • surface
  • wheel

MA Standards:

English Language Arts/Speaking and Listening/SL.PK.MA.2: Recall information for short periods of time and retell, act out, or represent information from a text read aloud, a recording, or a video (e.g., watch a video about birds and their habitats and make drawings or constructions of birds and their nests).

Head Start Outcomes:

Language Development/Receptive Language: Attends to language during conversations, songs, stories, or other learning experiences.
Social Emotional Development/Self-Concept and Self-Efficacy: Identifies personal characteristics, preferences, thoughts, and feelings.

PreK Learning Guidelines:

English Language Arts/Reading and Literature 12: Listen to, recite, sing, and dramatize a variety of age-appropriate literature.

Watch Together: “What Do Wheels Do All Day?” (BTL show) #1

STEM Key Concepts: Identify tools and simple machines used for a specific purpose (e.g., ramp, wheel, pulley, lever

ELA Focus Skills: Active Viewing, Story Comprehension, Vocabulary

Tell children they are going to watch the video Between the Lions “What Do Wheels Do All Day?” Then set a viewing focus for children as you ask them to look for all the ways wheels are used by people.

Before You Watch
Introduce the video by explaining that it is about many different types of wheels and the ways wheels help make things easier for people every day. Ask children to name something they know that rolls on wheels. Use the opportunity to talk about how the wheels on different machines help children get from one place to another. For example:

  • the bus gets them to school,
  • the bike gets them to their friends,
  • the car gets them to the library,
  • the wagon gets them to the playground

As You Watch
Model active viewing—name the characters, describe the action, and focus children’s attention on the wheels.

Pause whenever possible and prompt children to think about the different surfaces the wheels are riding on. Ask,

  • How do you think a stroller would roll on a bumpy surface?
  • How do you think the roller board moves on the smooth ramp surface?

After You Watch
Talk about the show with children. Ask children to share a time when they or someone they know rode or played on one of the things in the story. Encourage other children to ask questions about their experience. you may want to ask questions such as,

  • Did you like the show? What was your favorite part?
  • How can you make wheels go faster? (down a ramp)
  • How do you use wheels to play?

English Language Learners: Point out the pronunciation similarities between the English and Spanish words pedal/pedalear and patrol/patrullar to help bridge understanding of the new vocabulary words.

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