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
- Index cards
- Construction paper
- Donor Chart (print and copy)
WHAT TO DO
- 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?
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- Have children draw a background setting for each vehicle in the museum.
- For a special display in the museum, have children draw pictures of vehicles that
they imagine could exist in the future.
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