Thematic Thursday-Transportation

Thematic Thursday is a weekly teacher linky party focused on the sharing of ideas for a different theme each week. This week's theme is "Transportation", and bloggers are asked to share their favorite resources, book ideas, activities, and suggestions to help students learn about forms of transportation.  Please grab the image above as well as the template below (if you like), write up your post sharing your ideas, resources, and anything that fits the theme, and link up your blog name and intended grade level for the resources and ideas you share.  (Example-Comprehension Connection-4th and 5th)  Please remember that this link up is for blog posts only.  No store links will be allowed even with freebies as the hope is for readers to return to these themes later in the year or when they wish to focus on the theme.  Many themes can be used any time of year. The image below can be used to pin your posts.  I will form a transportation themed Pinterest board as well for resources that are shared. I look forward to reading your posts.
When my son was young, he LOVED trains.  He would play for hours with his Thomas trains, and I think the Thomas videos taught him such wonderful vocabulary.  He stuck with this fascination for about a year and a half from age 3-5, and like many children, he jumped to a knew topic all at once. The train days were done.  Fast forward to 2014, and my little guy is off to college...sigh!  Oh how I wish I could go back to the train days and do it all again. Anyone else feel that way??

Children in the early years love active play, and using themes they love as a means to teach them helps them get "on the road to reading".  Transportation as a theme is probably best suited for Pre-K and Kindergarten, but do older children lose interest in motorized vehicles, planes, helicopters, and such?  I don't think so, and as children get older, these topics might transfer into topics like The Industrial Revolution, Biographies about early inventors, Space Travel, or Geography.  If these are familiar topics to you, and you'd like to share your ideas for the upper grades, please do!  

Below are the books, activities, and links that I've used and recommend.  You can print the page below for your files or keep it in E-form in order to access the file links. Just click on it, and it will open as a PDF.

On the recommended reading list, I included a few authors that I think nail the spirit of young children and whose work stays true to the developmental stage are Donald Crews and Byron Barton. These authors' books should be perfect for any K-1 classrooms using a transportation theme.  

Now that you've seen a few ideas from my part of the blogging world, how about you share a few of your own.  The Transportation Theme Pinterest board is ready {here}.  Just add your post below and follow the board.  I will make sure you're added as a pinner and will certainly add your items to the board.  

Are you wondering what the theme will be for next week?  Well here you go!

Next week's theme will be...


I can't wait to see what is shared this week, and I hope the forms make it easier for all.  Until next time...Happy Reading!

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  1. Hi Carla! I think this is a very interesting idea and I would love to participate starting next week with Bats. I'm sorry that I can't join this week, but I already have some FUN ideas for next week. I am on my way to follow your blog.

    Best wishes!
    Jen :)

    1. Awesome! Thanks so much Jen! I'm glad you're planning to link up. I think next week will bring new linkers. :-)


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