Week 1: Roll or Slide?

Children will explore the way things roll and slide down ramps and hills, both indoors and outdoors. They’ll discover the different ramps around us—roofs, parking garages, hills, wheelchair access ramps, seesaws, and slides. They’ll also explore how the steepness of a ramp affects how things roll or slide down it.   

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5

Morning Circle

25 – 35 minutes

Introduce Ramps

(15 – 20 min.)

Explore and Play: Ramps Around Us

(10 – 15 min.)

Watch and Discuss: The Whatchamacallit

(15 – 20 min.)

Explore and Play: Sliding Peep

(10 – 15 min.)

Read and Discuss: Roll, Slope, and Slide

(15 – 20 min.)

Explore and Play: Up or Down?

(10 – 15 min.)

Watch and Discuss: Snow Daze

(15 – 20 min.)

Explore and Play: Toy Sleds

(10 – 15 min.)

Read and Discuss: Ten on the Sled

(15 – 20 min.)

Explore and Play: Snowy Hills

(10 – 15 min.)

Learning Centers

15 – 30 minutes

Guided Activity

20 – 30 minutes

Down the Slide

(20 – 30 min.)

Ramps All Around

(20 – 30 min.)

Roll or Slide? (Outdoors)

(20 – 30 min.)

Roll or Slide? (Indoors)

(20 – 30 min.)

Steep and Steeper

(20 – 30 min.)

Closing Circle

10 – 15 minutes

Share the Day’s Discoveries

(10 – 15 min.)

Share the Day’s Discoveries

(10 – 15 min.)

Share the Day’s Discoveries

(10 – 15 min.)

Share the Day’s Discoveries

(10 – 15 min.)

Share the Week’s Discoveries

(10 – 15 min.)

Day 1

Day 1

Today children are introduced to ramps and test one of the most fun ramps of all—the playground slide. 

Day 2

Day 2

Today children learn more about slides and explore the different ramps around the neighborhood. 

Day 3

Day 3

Today children try the first of many experiments with objects that slide, roll, or stay put.   

Day 4

Day 4

Today children explore sliding and rolling in great depth.

Day 5

Day 5

Today children explore the steepness of ramps.