Thursday, March 21, 2013

Comparing Airports

Each year we visit our airport and each year we create our own
airport at school.
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 This is the check in counter where we show our tickets and
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have our luggage weighed and tagged.  When it is ready it disappears
on a conveyor belt into the Baggage Security area.  We can't take picutres
in there but the suitcases go through a big xray machine then out to
the cargo area.
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At school we sell tickets and get the baggage ready to put on the plane.
We don't have a conveyor belt but we started thinking of what we could
use to make one.  One child suggested rubber bands and tubes.

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We learned the signals that the marshal uses to park the plane.
Outside we saw a yellow “T” on the ground where the plane needs to stop.
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Back at school we practiced the signals for turning and stopping a plane.

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We added a runway with lights then after visiting the airport we added the “T”.
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Ready to fly?
Some of our destinations were to Hawaii, Mexico, Toronto,
Vancouver and the most popular Disneyland.

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At the airport we were able to watch a plane land, taxi in, marshal to a stop,
unload and reload.  It’s ready to head to Vancouver.
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We saw where the pets are kept while waiting for their plane.
And what happens to the luggage after they are unloaded from the plane.

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Back at school the flight attendants were busy taking snack orders
and providing reading materials for the long trips.

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Thank you to Alex and Lesley for taking the time to show us
around the airport.  And letting us pretend to be planes on the
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  1. Thank you for posting this. My preschool class is currently doing an airport project and I love the ideas that you shared for props. We have enjoyed visiting the airports and our friends have lots of ideas about the airport as well but seeing your project work is inspirational to me! Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. Hi Tammy,
      Every year we do this dramatic play and field trip. Every year we learn something new. Fir example our airport has one security door where they have to swipe their employee card and insert their finger for fingerprint id. I would have liked more time to expand on that concept - everyone's fingerprints are unique. But we are now on Spring break for two weeks so will leave for next year.
      Look back to old posts to see what has been included in our other airport dramatic plays. Have fun