Week 3: Ramps, Rides, and Roller Coasters

Children will invent ramps that jump, swerve, zigzag, and send balls up and down. They’ll build ramps that are increasingly more complex, including roller coasters with turns and hills and ramps that cause balls to fly in the air.  On the final day of the ramps unit, children will plan and design an amusement park, with games and rides based on the hands-on activities they’ve experimented with over the past three weeks. 

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5

Morning Circle

25 – 35 minutes

Read and Discuss: The Runaway Pumpkin

(15 – 20 min.)

Explore and Play: Introduce Flexible Ramps

(10 – 15 min.)

Read and Discuss: Roller Coaster

(15 – 20 min.)

Explore and Play: Quack’s Apples

(10 – 15 min.)

Watch and Discuss: Building Ramps

(15 – 20 min.)

Explore and Play: Switch Directions

(10 – 15 min.)

Watch and Discuss: Marble Mover

(15 – 20 min.)

Explore and Play: Up and Down Game

(10 – 15 min.)

Read and Discuss: Zoom!

(15 – 20 min.)

Explore and Play: Design an Amusement Park

(10 – 15 min.)

Learning Centers

15 – 30 minutes

Guided Activity

20 – 30 minutes

Roller Coaster

(20 – 30 min.)

Super Coaster!

(20 – 30 min.)

Zigzag

(20 – 30 min.)

Airborne!

(20 – 30 min.)

Amusement Park

(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 Discoveries from Explore Ramps

(10 – 15 min.)

Day 1

Day 1

Today children begin to experiment with flexible tube ramps and build a roller coaster.  

Day 2

Day 2

Today children explore building more complex roller coasters, with hills and turns.  

Day 3

Day 3

Today children experiment with ramps and turns.

Day 4

Day 4

Today children explore ramps that cause balls to fly in the air. 

Day 5

Day 5

Today children put together what they’ve discovered over the week and create an amusement park of ramps.