Talk Together: Building Ramps

  • farther
  • faster
  • move
  • ramp
  • roll
  • slide
  • steep

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

Head Start Outcomes:

Language Development/Receptive Language: Attends to language during conversations, songs, stories, or other learning experiences.
Language Development/Expressive Language: Uses language to express ideas and needs.

PreK Learning Guidelines:

English Language Arts/Language 2: Participate actively in discussions, listen to the ideas of others, and ask and answer relevant questions.

Talk Together: Building Ramps

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STEM Key Concepts: An object placed on an inclined plane will roll, slide, or stay put; The shape of an object affects whether it will roll, slide, or stay put

ELA Focus Skills: Speaking and Listening, Vocabulary

Review with children their experiences building ramps and rolling and sliding objects down the ramps. Ask children to share something they learned while exploring ramps. Use pictures, notes, and sample ramps from the previous day to help guide discussion.

Tell children that they will be continuing to explore the way different objects move when placed on a ramp. Introduce the word steep as children talk about ways they got the objects to move faster and farther. For example, say, “I noticed how Josiah explored making the ball roll farther by making the ramp higher, or steeper.”

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