Wheels on the Bus Unit
Wheels on the Bus Unit
- Ask students if they have heard of the song before or any other songs about vehicles (ex. Row, row, row, your boat).
- If many students know the song, sing it together.
- Discuss with the children that songs can also be stories. If you have already read other books together that are also songs, ask the children if they can remember any of them (i.e. Down by the Bay, Five Little Ducks, etc.).
- Read the title, author, and illustrator. Explain that this book is a traditional song and that the real author is unknown.
- Ask the children to read with you.
- Ask questions about the story:
- Which was your favorite picture in the book? Why?
- Why do you think the baby on the bus was crying?
- Do you think the bus driver likes his job? Why?
- Make up new verses and sing them.
- Add hand/body movement to the song. Have the children pretend that they are doing the things on the bus (honk the horn, turn the wheels, etc.)
Act Out the Song: Line up the chairs in your classroom so that they resemble the inside of a bus, with rows and an aisle. Sing the song with your students while sitting in the imaginary "bus". You can even let a child be the driver and let them sit at the front with a "steering wheel" (you can use a paper plate, small hula hoop, etc.
- Make a class book with the following sentence frame: "The _____ on the bus go _____, _____, _____." or "The _____ on the _____ go _____, _____, _____." Brainstorm things on the bus or other types of transportation to fill in the blanks. Here are some examples:
- The people on the bus go up and down.
- The dogs on the bus go woof, woof, woof.
- The engine on the car goes vroom, vroom, vroo
- Draw a picture or write about what you see or would see out of a bus window.
- Draw a picture or write about what color your bus would be if you had one.
Songs and Poems
Waiting for the Bus
We're waiting for the bus,
Backpacks sitting in a bunch,
I wish that bus would HURRY UP
Gabby's doing last night's work.
Hector's splitting pumpkins seeds.
I wish that yellow, bug-eyed bus
Off the street!
Little Yellow Schoolbus
I'm a little yellow school bus,
How Do You Go?
I'm driving in a bus.
Repeat the poem and replace the word
How Do You Get to School Graph: Make a class graph of how your students get to school. Graph how many children take a car, bus, bike, or walk to school.
- Wheels on the Bus Unit - from The Virtual Vine
- Take a Ride on the Bus Lesson with Printables - from Georgia Learning Connections
- Egg Carton School Bus Craft - from DLTK Kids
- School Bus Printable - from DLTK Kids
- School Bus Coloring Pages - from Coloring.ws
- School Bus Safety Printables and Lesson Plans - from First-School