*Read Pig in a Swing
in the reading circle.
*Remind students that we have been learning about things that are in our backyards.
*Read “Pig on a Swing” by Jenny Nimmo.
*Our story is about a boy who has no one to play with at the playground until he sees a pig on a swing. He ends up making a new friend. They wind up playing on all of the equipment in the playground and meet a new friend at each.
*Ask students what they saw in the book that they might have in their backyard. Guide students to swings.
*Ask Question: “Have you ever been swinging with a friend on a playground or in your backyard? What are some things you may have noticed when you swing?
*Let them think about the question and ask for their observations.
*Ask question from TQPDAC- Does weight make a difference in how fast a swing moves?
Explain by giving an example. If a 1st grader and a 6th grader were swinging together without pumping, who would go faster?
*Inquiry because they are curious and want to learn more
*Brain-Based Learning because they are learning even if they do not realize it
*Cognitive Development because they are beginning to know and understand
*Knowledge because they have to recall prior knowledge and experiences
*Cooperative Learning is used when students think about swings and work together to come up with a general answer
*Divide into groups
*Hand out TQPDAC
*Students predict outcome
*Test outside on the swings
*Organize the students into groups of about 3-4.
*Hand out TQPDAC and the stopwatch.
*Have them answer the question from engage activity and write their answer or ideas down on the TQPDAC.
*After everyone is settled and have looked
*Multiple Intelligences- Visual Spatial because they are able to see the results of their experiments
*Learning Modalities- All