Week 2: Building More Ramps

Last week children explored ramps made from flat pieces of cardboard or wood; this week, they’ll add ramps made from tubes. Children will also experiment with the surfaces of ramps—grassy hills, sidewalks, textured rugs, smooth tiles. They’ll also take a more in-depth look at what happens when they encounter obstacles that get in the way of objects sliding or rolling.   

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5

Morning Circle

25 – 35 minutes

Watch and Discuss: Down They Go

(15 – 20 min.)

Explore and Play: Rough and Smooth Ramps

(10 – 15 min.)

Watch and Discuss: Homemade Hill

(15 – 20 min.)

Explore and Play: Introduce Tube Ramps

(10 – 15 min.)

Read and Discuss: Samantha on a Roll

(15 – 20 min.)

Explore and Play: Ramps for Samantha

(10 – 15 min.)

Read and Discuss: Mama Zooms

(15 – 20 min.)

Explore and Play: Wheels and Ramps

(10 – 15 min.)

Watch and Discuss: Ramp Rolling

(15 – 20 min.)

Explore and Play: Tracks and Tunnels

(10 – 15 min.)

Learning Centers

15 – 30 minutes

Guided Activity

20 – 30 minutes

Ramps With Different Surfaces

(20 – 30 min.)

Rolling on Different Surfaces

(20 – 30 min.)

Build Trackways

(20 – 30 min.)

Obstacle Course I

(10 – 15 min.)

Obstacle Course II

(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 begin exploring the different surfaces and textures of ramps and how that affects the way things roll or slide.   

Day 2

Day 2

Today children continue to explore how the texture of a surface affects the way an object moves. 

Day 3

Day 3

Today children focus on building ramps that make objects roll fast and far.

Day 4

Day 4

Today children begin exploring what happens when a ball rolls down a ramp and hits an obstacle.

Day 5

Day 5

Today children try a variety of experiments with obstacles.