Mr. Gumpy’s Motorcar

Mr Gumpy

A sunny day, a chance for a drive, and an exercise in cooperation take place in a changeable English countryside.  

-FIAR Manual

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Social Studies:  Cooperation

When the wheels of the motor car begin to spin, Mr. Gumpy says, “Some of you will have to get out and push.”  All of the passengers make excuses as to why they cannot possibly do it.

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It reminded me of the story of The Little Red Hen, where no one wants to help bake bread, but everyone wants to eat it.  In this case, though, they all work together in the end to help free the car.  So we read The Little Red Hen as a go-along story.

Social Studies:  England

We put our story disk on the map over England.

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Science:  Weather

Mr. Gumpy has to deal with a surprise thunderstorm.  We just happened to have a Koala Crate that arrived which had to do with weather and wind, so we used that kit as a go-along activity.

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We decorated a windsock and hung it on our tree outside.

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There was a simple, but effective little weather chart that came with it, and we hung it on our window over the table, so we could check and record the weather at mealtimes.

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They also constructed a little car with windsails…

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And then used “wind-power” to make it move…

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Science (fun?!):  Cars

We also received a Kiwi Crate that month that was all about race cars, so we went ahead and attached that one to this unit study as well, since it was loosely related.

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There were two car templates, so Logan and Barrett each took charge of constructing/decorating one.

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Then they attached the balloons and watched them race!

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A quick and fun row!

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