Transportation

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Pre-K, preschool, and kindergarten transportation theme activities

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Transportation Literacy Activities

Transportation Letter Matching
transportation letter matching
Setting: Small Group, Literacy Centers
Objective: Upper and lowercase letter identification/matching
Materials: Transportation accents, magnetic letters, Sharpie marker, laminating film
Directions: Write uppercase letters on the transportation accents with a Sharpie marker. Laminate the accents for durability. Place magnetic letters in a bowl or basket in the middle of the table so they are easily accessible to all students. Students will select a transportation mat and find the corresponding lowercase letter to match.

Transportation Sentences
transportation sentences one
Setting: Small Group, Literacy Centers
Objective: Sight Word Recognition
Materials: magnetic letters, transportation sentence mats, laminating film
Directions: Give each student in the small group a transportation sentence mat. Students will use magnetic letters to spell sight words that make sense in the blanks.

Transportation Sight Word Mats
transportation sight word mats
Setting: Small Group, Literacy Centers
Objective: Sight Word Recognition
Materials: magnetic letters, Sharpie Marker, laminating film, transportation accents
Directions: Write a different focus sight word on each of the transportation accents with a Sharpie marker. Laminate the accents for durability. Place magnetic letters in a bowl or basket in the middle of the table so they are easily accessible to all students. Students will spell the sight words out on the mats with magnetic letters.

Transportation Word Families
transportation word families
Setting: Small Group, Literacy Centers
Objective: Word Families
Materials: construction paper, word family tran mats (see left), Sharpie marker, laminating film, train die-cuts
Directions: Laminate multi-colored construction paper. Create several word family train mats like pictured at left using word families your students are familiar with. Die-cut matching train cars using the laminated construction paper. Use your Sharpie marker to write the word family words on the train cars. Students will locate the words and place them on the correct word family trains.

More Transportation Sentences
transportation sentences two
transportation sentences
Setting: Small Group, Literacy Centers
Objective: Sight Word Recognition
Materials: transportation sentences (available in free printables section below), cardstock, scissors, laminating film, envelopes
Directions: Print the transportation sentences on cardstock and laminate for durability. Cut the sentences apart and place in envelopes. Give each student in your small group an envelope. Students will construct the sentences using their knowledge of sight words. Monitor the students for correct identification of the words “on” and “in”. You can also place this activity in a pocket chart for review during literacy centers.

Transportation Rhyming
transportation rhyming
transportation vocabulary
Setting: Small Group, Literacy Centers
Objective: Rhyming
Materials: Transportation vocabulary picture cards (see printables section below), pocket cube die, recording sheet, Do-A-Dot markers
Directions: Print the transportation vocabulary picture cards and cut apart. Place the pictures in the pocket die. Give each student in your small group a recording sheet and a Do-A-Dot marker. Students will take turns rolling the die, identifying the picture shown, and then give a rhyming word. When a student gives a correct rhyming word they can mark the picture on their recording sheet with their Do-A-Dot marker.

Transportation Math Activities

Transportation Board Game
transportation board game
Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objective: 1:1, Number Sense
Materials: Cardstock, sticky dots, transportation stickers, tape, thematic playing pieces, one foam die
Directions: Take two pieces of white cardstock and tape them together in the middle to create your game board. Be careful to leave a small gap between the two pieces of cardstock so the game board will fold easily for storage. Place thematic stickers around the board for decoration. Affix the round sticky dots to the game board and laminate. Give each player a playing piece (see resources section). Players take turns rolling the die and moving their playing piece.

Transportation Counting Book
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transportation counting book two
Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objective: concepts of print, number sense, number identification
*This is a crossover activity meaning it integrates literacy and math*
Materials: Transportation stickers, “I Can See” Transportation Counting booklet- one per child.
Directions: Students “read” the sentences on each page using their knowledge of numbers and sight words. Students place the appropriate number of stickers on each page.

Transportation Path Game
transportation path game
Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objective: Number Recognition, 1:1
Materials: Do-A-Dot markers, transportation path game sheet, number cards
Directions: Give each child a transportation path game sheet and a Do-A-Dot marker. Place the number cards in the middle of the table in a basket or container. Each child takes turns selecting a number card from the container. The child identifies the number and then marks it on his paper with his Do-A-Dot marker.

Transportation Counting 1-5
counting one to five
Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objective: 1:1 correspondence
Materials: 1-5 counting grid- one per child (available in printables section below), transportation stickers
Directions: Give each child in the small group a counting grid sheet. Place the stickers in the center of the table in a container so all students can easily reach them. The students will place the correct number of stickers next to each number on the counting grid.

Transportation Patterning
transportation patterns
Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objective: Patterning
Materials: pattern grid sheet (see printables section below), transportation stickers
Directions: Give each child in the small group one patterning grid. Place the stickers in the center of the table in a container so all students can easily reach them. The students will use the stickers to create a pattern.

Transportation 1:1
transportation one to one
Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objective: 1:1 correspondence
Materials: Transportation 1:1 mats- one per student in small group (see printables section below), wheel pasta, foam die
Directions: Students take turns rolling the die and placing the corresponding number of wheels on their paper. When each student in the small group has one wheel on each picture the game is over.

Truck Roll ‘N Stamp
transportation roll stamp
Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objectives: Number recognition, number sense, one-to-one
Materials: foam die, 1-6 truck game sheet (see printables section below), Do-A-Dot markers (see resources section below)
Directions: Students take turns rolling the die, identifying the corresponding number on their paper and stamping that number with a Do-A-Dot marker.

Fun Transportation Activities

Magic Stop Sign
Materials: fingerpaint paper, red paint, paint brushes, scissors, masking tape.
Take one large piece of fingerpaint paper for each child. Using the scissors cut strips of masking tape and stick the tape to the paper to spell out the word “Stop”. Have students paint their papers with red paint all over, completely covering the masking tape. When the paint is dry you can carefully peel the tape off to reveal the word “Stop”. Use the scissors to cut the paper into a stop sign shape. The same idea could be used to make “yield” and other traffic signs.

Shape Train
Materials: construction paper- various colors, scissors, glue stick, crayons.
Have the students cut out various shapes (rectangles, circles, squares, etc) and glue together to make a part of a train. They can use crayons to write their names on the side of the train. When everybody is finished, assemble the “name train” on the wall in the classroom or on a bulletin board. Make sure to make one for yourself and place it in front .

Fingerpaint Tracks
Materials: several matchbox cars or other small cars with moveable wheels, fingerpaint, fingerpaint paper or butcher paper, paint- various colors.
Place several different colors of paint in bowls or pie tins, containers need to be big enough for the cars to sit in. Next, give each student a sheet of fingerpaint paper OR use a large sheet of butcher paper to make a class mural. “Drive” the cars in the paint and across the paper to create tracks.

Transportation Graph
Materials: Butcher paper, construction paper, crayons, glue.
Create a graph using the butcher paper with a place for each form of transportation (car, truck, train, airplane etc). Give each student a square of construction paper and them to draw their favorite form of transportation and write their name. When finished, students glue their pictures on the graph in the appropriate place.

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