Here are some of the wheels we saw and some of the things the children had to say about wheels:
M: Wheels Roll
A: Wheels play.
A: Wheels spin.K: The wheels on the chair roll.
Wheels push (technically wheels pull, but we'll explore that later):
We quickly discovered that whiles wheels roll, not all things that roll are wheels.
K: Pumpkins roll
Ms. Erin: Are pumpkins wheels?
Cups roll, but they are not wheels:
These observations led to a discussion on the difference between wheels and things that roll, specifically balls. To facilitate this discussion we created a Venn diagram.
The children stated that
-wheels are round on the outside only/ balls are round everywhere
-wheels can be seen on cars, wagons, bikes, and scooters while balls are seen outside
-both wheels and balls roll, are round, are circles, and can run out of air.