|Student generated rules for the train. I guess they hear their teacher say this all the time during circle time:)|
|Preparing the background scenery with white paint mixed with shaving cream to give it a "puffy-snowy" look. Don't you just love children's descriptions. She was right. It did look like puffy snow when we were finished.|
|Walking into our room for the magical moment. Classroom lights out and train lights on.|
|Side view with the lights on the student-created train wheels.|
|The students made snowflakes to walk on when going to the train.|
|Rules, Signs, and Important Information|
Note: They loved the craft sticks that were out for another project.
They ended up making poles for the signs.
|The students used non-standard measurement to build the train tracks.|
|Student created boards for the front of the train. Looks like we |
needed lots of clocks and gauges and levers to pull.
|Love, love, love the written directions for operating a train.|
I also love the ''I love Mrs. Griffin" button too.
I think that was a happy first grader enjoying our project.
|A View From the Front|
We showed the actual book of the Polar Express instead of the movie.
Of course, we had hot chocolate along with songs from the movie sound track.
|Side view of our trains with wheels and lights.|
|Student drawings of what you would see when looking out of the train.|
|More student pictures to add to our train.|
|A View From the Back|
The students painted the night sky and cut out trees, stars, and other objects
for our background scenery. No patterns required just a child's imagination.
|It was a big train for 2 classrooms!|
|The children loved that their train and box cars went around the room. |
They thought it looked like there was a train in the mountains above them.
|There are signs everywhere. Lots of authentic writing opportunities.|
|Vocabulary and Math Integrated|
You have to have rules:)
|A close-up view of the buttons and gears.|
|Front View of Our Train and Train Tracks|
|Thanks Mr. Petersen! The lights were a magical touch!|
Take a look at the wonderful math that took place during our train inquiry project. We focused on nonstandard measurement, shapes, addition & subtraction, and spatial awareness. We used our classroom tables to build a train math museum.
|Give them the materials, and they will build.|
pattern blocks, craft sticks, post-it-notes, and creativity
|Give your students post-it-notes to label their creations.|
|Our Everyday Math curriculum was measurement, so these activities worked in nicely.|
We are learning to use standard units to measure.
Making bead trains requires a lot of fine motor work too.
|Our bead trains were supposed to be 10 inches long. |
estimation and measurement
|All I can say is WOW! Look at this student's attempt at symmetry!|
|The girls decided to go 3D in building their trains. I see some future engineers here too.|
The boys were very impressed as was I!
|Fine motor, balance, building, spatial awareness, and shapes all weaved in together.|
|Notice that this student was trying to make the top of the train at different heights. |
Young children have amazing patience when engaged in learning.
|Why YES!! We were discussing "The 2 Vowels Together Rule."|
Spelling with a Purpose
|Finished products of friends working side by side but individually too.|
|Creative Use of Materials|
|Says, "All Aboard!"|
Inventive spelling at its finest:)
|These were challenging pieces to put together to build a train. It actually made my head hurt.|
So what did I do . . . walked away and said, "Use your imagination."
I think he did!
|Love the directions to show where the driver side is.|
|This year's class was really interested in the different types of box cars and what they carried. |
Here is the table museum of their snap cube trains.
Math, math, everywhere!
|Flat cars were fun to build.|
|More Flat Cars|
|Hopper Car - A View Inside|
|Hopper Car with Train Wheels so "It can stand up like a real train."|
|Gondola Box Car|
I learn so much when our class does inquiry projects.
Here are more posts on the Polar Express and Trains:
Polar Express KWHL Chart Trains
Polar Express Researching Trains
Polar Express Drawing Trains
Polar Express Drawing Modern Trains
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