Transportation Museum

Science/Social Studies Activity

Children will learn about different vehicles by creating their own transportation museum. By organizing the displays in their museum, they will also develop a better understanding of the educational value of museums.

WHAT YOU NEED

WHAT TO DO

  1. Ask children if they know what a museum is. For those who do not know, explain that a museum is a place where people can go to look at and learn about different things. Explain that there are different kinds of museums, such as, art museums, computer museums, science museums, and history museums. Encourage those children who have visited a museum to talk about their experience. What did they see? What did they learn? Were there things for them to touch? What did they like most about the museum?

  2. Explain to children that they are going to create their own transportation museum in the classroom. Brainstorm a list of different vehicles. Encourage children to think of all modes of transportation, including vehicles for land, air, sea, and space. Record their suggestions on a piece of chart paper. Some children may have toy cars, trains, planes, boats, or spaceships at home. Ask them to bring in one or two of these vehicles to display (temporarily) in the museum. You may want to use the Donor Chart to keep track of who brought in which vehicle. If some children don't have any vehicles that they can bring in for the museum, have them choose a vehicle to draw. Explain that their pictures can also be displayed in the museum.

  3. When you have assembled all the vehicles and drawings of vehicles, display them on a large table. Then discuss with children how they want to organize their museum. Do they want to group all land vehicles together, all air vehicles together, all sea vehicles together? Do they want to separate trains from cars and trucks? Do they want to group together vehicles that are made to carry people?

  4. When children have decided how to organize the exhibits in their museum, help them set it up. Depending on how many items you have to display, you may want to use a table near a bulletin board or several flat surfaces around the classroom. Then pass out index cards to have children label their donations with the name of the item and their own name.

  5. When the museum is finished, invite children from other classes to view it. Have volunteers show the visitors around the museum and answer any questions they may have.

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