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Transportation Lesson Plan for Preschool

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

Bethany has taught special education in grades PK-5 and has a master's degree in special education.

This lesson plan teaches students about transportation by water, land, and sea. It includes a video, a sorting activity, a survey activity, and optional extensions.

Lesson Objectives

As a result of this lesson, the students will be able to:

  • identify forms of transportation used on the land, in the air, and on the water.

Length

  • 30-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

Geography and Ecology:

Students will develop a sense of place through learning about:

  • 1.0 Navigating Familiar Locations

Social Studies:

Students will develop a sense of self and society through learning about:

  • 3.0 Social Roles and Occupations

This lesson plan is based on California standards for preschool education. Please refer to the standards for your state to check alignment.

Materials

Instruction

  • Before you begin, have a selection of photographs of as many modes of transportation as possible.
  • Ask students how many ways they can think of to get from one place to another. As students name transportation options (such as cars, trucks, etc.), line up photographs of the options they mention each in a visible location (white board, easel, etc.).
  • Watch the video lesson, Major Forms of Transportation in Travel & Tourism.
  • Discuss the quiz questions.

Activities

Transportation Sorting

  • Prepare a display area in the classroom with three sections: road, water, and sky. You may want to have students help create these backgrounds during an art session (paint road, cut and glue yellow lines, chalk or color water, make clouds from tissue paper).
  • Gather students around the display area. Use the pile of transportation photographs from the previous activity and place them inside a bag.
  • Students take turns pulling a photograph from the bag. Students decide if their photograph is a vehicle used to travel on the road, in the water, or in the sky; then students attach their photograph to the appropriate section of the display.

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