Curious George and the cat, Gnocchi, can easily climb out through a window in the basement when the door closes behind them. Now George must figure out how to build a ramp so that Hundley, a little dachshund, can get out, too.
|Hints for uses in your library||Consider making this activity into a challenge, with prizes for the longest ramp, slowest ramp, fastest ramp, etc.|
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[Suggest a book]
Encourage students to use these books as they continue to learn about ramps:
• Curious George Goes Bowling by H. A. Rey (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009) When The Man in the Yellow Hat forgets his bowling ball, Curious George decides that he can roll the ball right to Bowlmor Lanes!
• Mama Zooms by Jane Cowen-Fletcher (Scholastic, 1993) A little boy spends busy days zooming up hills, down ramps, and around town with his mom, on her wheelchair.
• Roll, Slope, and Slide: A Book about Ramps by Michael Dahl (Picture Window Books, 2006) From skateboard parks, to highway ramps, to ramps on moving vans, this book takes a look at the many ways we use ramps everyday.
• Pull, lift, and lower : a book about pulleys by Michael Dahl and Denise Shea Introduce young scientists to the basics of pulleys. Through charming illustrations and simple, easy-to-follow text, this nonfiction book introduces pre-readers to the benefits of these engineering marvels, providing everyday examples of a flagpole, a crane, an elevator, and window blinds.
• How do you lift a lion? by Robert E Wells Explore the functions of levers, wheels, and pulleys, and learn how to lift a lion, pull a panda, and deliver a basket of bananas to a baboon birthday party!
• Ruby Goldberg's bright idea by Anna Humphrey and Vanessa Brantley-Newton Ruby wants first prize at the fifth grade science fair—and she thinks her quirky, creative, Rube Goldberg–esque invention is just the way to get it! Rife with “depth and charm,” this story is peppered with engaging science facts and insights (Publishers Weekly).
• Inclined planes to the rescue by Sharon Thales What do wheelchair ramps, slides, and roller coasters have in common? They're all inclined planes. Read Inclined Planes to the Rescue to learn what inclined planes are, how they work, and how these simple machines can save the day.
• Simple machines by D J Ward and Mike Lowery Machines help make work easier, like when you need to lift something heavy or reach way up high. There are six simple machines: the lever, the wheel and axle, the pulley, the ramp, the wedge, and the screw. Can you adjust a seesaw to lift an elephant? What happens when you combine two or more simple machines? Read and find out!
• Roll, Slope, and Slide by Michael Dahl and Denise Shea Skateboards, roller coasters, and playground slides, all of these are ramps. From award-winning author Michael Dahl, this nonfiction picture book provides an introduction to one of the most important machines humans rely on. With fun facts and bright illustrations, find out how people use ramps every day.