• Make sure that you've visited www.LEGOeducation/start and watched the My XL World onboarding videos.
• Watch the video in the top right corner of this page to get an overview of this lesson.
• Select the inspiration cards you'll need for the lesson.
• Set up a designated space in your classroom that will allow the children to easily build and role-play with their models.
Engage (5 Minutes)
Show the children the inspiration card of the bus stop, and read this short story aloud.
This is a bus stop in Rainbow Town. Victor is buying a bus ticket at the ticket machine. He's going to work. Today, Uma is going to take Xavier, Wei, Yasmin, and Zoe to the amusement park. They'll meet at the bus stop and take the bus. Xavier has arrived early with his bear, and Yasmin and Wei are on their way. Oh, no! Zoe lost her bus ticket!
Facilitate a quick discussion about vehicles. Ask questions, like:
- How do you get to school? Do you take a bus, car, bike, or subway?
- Can you think of other types of vehicles?
- Have you ridden on any of them? Where did you go?
Explore (10 Minutes)
Tell the children that they're going to build a vehicle for their LEGO® DUPLO® friends.
Have them work in pairs to think about where their LEGO® DUPLO® figure would like to go, and then ask them to create a vehicle.
They can use their imaginations to create a new model or use the inspiration cards for guidance.
Once everyone has finished building, arrange the models in one place so the children can see what others have made.
Explain (5 Minutes)
Gather the children together and ask them to think about what they've built.
Facilitate a discussion by asking guiding questions, like:
- Where's your LEGO® DUPLO® friend going?
- Which vehicle are they going to take?
- How many people can your vehicle fit？
- Which vehicles travel on the ground? In the air? On water?
Elaborate (20 Minutes, Optional)
Encourage the children to take turns in their pairs role-playing as drivers and passengers with the LEGO® DUPLO® figures. Suggest that they also role-play buying a ticket and boarding a train or bus.
Ask guiding questions, like these:
- Where does the driver sit?
- Where can passengers buy tickets?
Evaluate (Ongoing throughout the Lesson)
Evaluate the children’s skills development by observing if they’re:
- Experiencing and understanding the importance of public transportation in a community
- Adding their own ideas to creative projects and providing their own ideas during play
Simplify this lesson by:
- Assigning each pair of children one model to build
- Running the lesson with a smaller group (i.e., 3-4 children) and providing more support with building
Increase the difficulty by:
- Encouraging the children to design vehicles that can travel by air, on the ground, or on water
Extention (This will extend beyond the 20-minute lesson)
LANGUAGE ARTS EXTENSION
Explain that when people travel, they sometimes like to send postcards to their friends and family. Ask the children to draw a postcard with a greeting to one or two of their friends or family members.
Ask the children to draw and write a travel plan. Remind them to include their destination, who they're going with, and which type of vehicle they'll take.