Week 1: Rolling and Sliding

Learning Goals


Children will:

  • Begin to understand that ramp, or inclined plane, is a surface with one end higher than the other
  • Recognize that an object placed on an inclined plane will roll, slide, or stay put
  • Describe the way objects move when they are placed on ramps
  • Understand that the shape of an object affects whether it will roll or slide or stay put
  • Predict the behavior of objects that roll versus objects that slide
  • Observe that objects move in different ways when placed on ramps of different steepness
  • Record and discuss their observations


Children will:

  • Recognize, match, and form uppercase and lowercase “Rr” and “Zz” (Alphabet Knowledge)
  • Identify the first letter ("Rr," "Zz") in the context of a word (ramp, zoom) (Alphabet Knowledge)
  • Begin to understand directionality in print (Concepts of Print)
  • Identify beginning sounds (/r/ and /z/) (Phonological Awareness)
  • Listen to and produce rhyming words (Phonological Awareness)
  • Build understanding through text-to-self and text-to-world connections (Comprehension)
  • Recall and retell details from a story (Comprehension)
  • Make and confirm predictions about a story (Comprehension)
  • Ask and answer questions about unfamiliar words in a story (Comprehension)
  • Begin to explore word relationships and nuances in meaning (Vocabulary)
  • Begin to explore word parts (Vocabulary)
  • Begin to recognize prepositions (Vocabulary)
  • Be exposed to new concept vocabulary in cross-curricular ways (Vocabulary)
  • Listen to, develop an understanding of, and use new concept vocabulary words about ramps and rolling, including fast, faster, slow, slower, inclined plane, ramp, slant, slide, roll (Vocabulary)


Children will:

  • Participate in group discussions in appropriate ways (listen to the ideas of others and respond to them; engage in taking turns)
  • Explore and express their own needs, wants, feelings, thoughts, ideas, and opinions
  • Begin to initiate, organize, and participate in independent activities
  • Seek answers to questions
  • Begin to sustain attention to personally chosen or routine tasks until they are completed
  • Continue learning how to take care of and manage classroom materials
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