Kindergarten Transportation

West Haven Public Schools
Unit Planning Organizer

Revised July 2011

Subject: Social Studies                  

Grade: Kindergarten

Unit: Transportation                

Pacing: Ongoing throughout the year

Essential Question(s):                                                             

What type of vehicles have you experienced?

Big Idea(s):

People move from one place to another.


CT State Standards (includes West Haven’s “Priority” GLES’s in BOLD and “Supporting” Standards)


1.6.1 Describe different means of transportation one has experienced.



2.1: Understanding that information comes from a variety of sources.

2.4: Participate in classroom discussions.

2.5: Create and share in-class artwork on a social studies topic.

3.1: Show awareness that there are different sides/points of view of one event.





“Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)



There are different types of vehicles that people use to move from one place to another such as:






School Bus


Public Bus





















Describe different means of transportation one has experienced or learned about.












Recommended to do as a whole group activity. Not an individual assessment, more as exposure. Recommended to do as a building type of activity. Introduce each mode of transportation. Each time a new vehicle is introduced, all previous vehicles are reviewed. Mastery is the exposure to means of transportation.

Common Formative Pre- Assessment (Followed by Data Team Analysis):

Whole class discussion, brainstorm different modes of transportation that children have used or are aware of. Form a list and save.

Common Formative Post- Assessment (Followed by Data Team Analysis):

Same procedure as pre-assessment, but following discussion, compare both pre and post lists to see what new vehicles the class has learned.

Instructional Planning

Suggested Resources/Materials:

This unit can be enriched by the following Scott Foresman Reading Stories


The Wheels on the Bus Unit 1

Compare and contrast a school bus and a community bus

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready For Kindergarten Unit 2

Discuss the various ways the characters in the story and the children in class get to school.

Dinner At Panda Palace Unit 2

Discuss the how the Lions arrived. Picture shows a Taxi and text addresses traffic.

On The Go Unit 4

Discuss and explain all the various modes of transportation in the story. Try to do most of the suggested activities that pertain to transportation

Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! Unit 6

Discuss how people travel into outer space and compare/contrast vehicles use in outer space/on earth

FlowerGarden Unit 6

Discuss how the bus works and why they took a bus.

Machines At Work Unit 6

Many different types of vehicles are utilized in transporting materials used in the building process.


Pictures of vehicles, either individual pictures or pictures within books

Student created art activities

Chart Paper












Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:



Vocabulary/Word Wall


Interdisciplinary Connections