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Bodies in Motion

Theme: 
Transportation
Grade: 
Kindergarten
Essential questions
What is transportation?
Where and how do we use transportation?
How can we use our own power for transportation?
Why are human-powered forms of transportation a healthy and fun choice?

This module includes the following lessons:

Lesson 1: Eco-101: We’re on the Move! (Estimated time needed: 40 minutes)
Through this lesson, students learn that transportation is how people get from one place to another. They participate in a series of pantomimes, to act out several methods of transportation and then working in teams to identify and classify examples of transportation in three different modes: land, water, and air. The result is that students have a foundational understanding that helps them to be aware of transportation options.

Lesson 2: Eco-Activity: My Feet, My Moves! (Estimated time needed: 45 minutes)
In this lesson, students learn that our feet are a basic form of transportation. They explore the many fun and creative ways we can use our feet to move. Students show off their favorite moves to get from one place to the next. Then they work with a partner to trace, cut out, and decorate their footprints. Students place their footprints in colorful patterns around the room to celebrate the many ways in which we can move—skipping, dancing, shuffling, walking, running, etc. The class ends with students forming a train and moving together in various patterns around the room!

Lesson 3: Eco-Activity: Getting Around (Estimated time needed: 40 minutes)
In this lesson, students have fun simulating traffic in a busy city center by pretending to be riding in cars, biking, skateboarding, and getting around the city in other ways. They discuss transportation and compare getting around using fossil fuels to using the power of their own bodies. They also look at the systems needed to support different transportation options. Students then vote on which transportation option they prefer and study the graphed results.

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