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*Read Pig in a Swing

*Discuss Questions

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

Exploring Activities

*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

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