Activity Plan 5-6: This is How We Go To School
Children will discover just how much they have in common as they explore their morning routines.
- Grades: PreK–K
- chart paper and marker
- construction paper
- art supplies
Objective: Children will develop language and listening skills as they talk about getting to school in the morning and develop their math abilities with a sorting activity.
- Create an experience chart labeled "How We Get to School." Invite children to talk about the ways they get to school. Do they walk, travel by car, take a bus? Who brings them to school? As children respond, add their name and the information to the experience chart.
- After all children have talked about the way they get to school, ask them to talk about other aspects of their morning routines. To whom do they say "Goodbye" in the morning? Do they have things to do before they go to school (feed the cat, make their beds)? Note these on the experience chart as well.
- Continue the discussions with children about what they do in the morning and how they get to school. Which children have similar morning routines? Which children's routines are different? Ask children to help you create a second experience chart on which you list different methods for getting to school and different things children do in the morning. Then ask them to help sort their classmates' names.
- Provide paper and art supplies and ask children to create drawings about their morning routines and travels to school. Ask children to label parts of their drawings, using invented spelling if they wish. Then use the drawings and the experience charts to create a "How We Go to School" display.
Curriculum Connection: Music
Travel Songs. Work with children to create a list of familiar songs about travelling, such as "The Wheels on the Bus" and "Row, Row, Row Your Boat." Sing along with the children, then encourage them to create new words for the songs, naming classmates and personalizing the experience ("Ride, ride, ride the bus/With Michael and Amy and Joe/Over the highway and down the street/It's off to school we go").
This activity originally appeared in the September, 2001 issue of Early Childhood Today.