Monday, September 12, 2011

The Transportation Theme: Adding a layer of depth

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

For the topic of transportation, this year I've added a layer of depth to the theme. After reading aloud a few books whose theme (in general) is transportation and getting from place to place, children hear this book read aloud (sample pages below): 

The book specifically talks about how we move from place to place but the book ends by telling students that this is all a mercy from Allaah and then the dua' for alighting means of transport is taught. You can download the text for the book here (with English) and the transportation pictures used here and the planet pictures here insha'Allaah. 

To make the book requires that you cut around the pictures leaving no white showing. To make the scenes I used a combination of construction paper, paint, cardboard, aluminum foil, markers, foam and glitter. To give the space scene an outer space look, I put a thin coating of Mod Podge over it (i.e. the scene). 

Then to add a little more depth to the unit, I made a board that has the same scenes from the book. A discussion follows the read aloud about what types of transportation are used in different places (i.e. air, land, water and space). For the game pieces, I mounted them on thick card board and then covered them with clear contact paper.

After watching a demonstration of how to use the game, students are then invited to work on the board and place the types of transportation in the correct scene. This involves students being able to a). recalling relevant points of the story from memory b). sort the types of transportation based on the concept of where they are used

This allows teacher/parent to assess if the story comprehension was mastered or perhaps another read aloud is needed with a bit more discussion.

This game can be placed in a learning centre or on a low shelf to allow students to play with it when they wish. Additionally, you can record a story that talks about how we get from place to place and leave it in the listening centre for children to listen to. The book can be placed in a book basket or in your classroom library to allow children to re-read it when they would like (before placing homemade books in the classroom library it is recommended that you laminate them to help them survive student handling).

Students can also make mini-books about how we get from place to place. These can either be found on the internet or you can make your own that your child helps out with. Some other transportation material from the past can be found here insha'Allaah.

A math add-in to use is the popular "How Did You Get To School Today?" activity that is done at the beginning of the school year. The children tell how they get to school each day (i.e. which method of transportation they use) and together the class makes a bar graph showing which method of transportation is used by most of the students in the class.

The following books are nice to go with your transportation theme and may be found in your local library insha'Allaah.


Insha'Allaah, there will be a few more posts about adding layers to this theme.

And then there is the Autumn (Fall) theme to get ready insha'Allaah.

Enjoy insha'Allaah!


  1. Masha Allaah very nice. Is this available for download? I like the fact that you are adding depth into things: ) That is what I need this year Insha Allaah! Barakallaah Feekum!

  2. Bismillaah

    As Salaamu alaiki!

    I like Mashaa'Allaah! Baraka'Allaahu'Feekum for sharing....Oh and thank you for RTL it helps me a lot with the kiddos :)

  3. Waalaikum assalam wa rahmatullaah,

    @Umm Maimoonah: jazakillahu khayr. Did you want the story with English text? Also, did you want the clipart I used to make the scenes? Wa feki barak Allaah!

    @Umm Suhailah: wa feki barak Allaah wa jazakillaahu khayr. Alhamdulillaah, I am happy that RTL is helping you. I hope that Allaah accepts this small effort from me.

  4. Assalamualaikum Umm An-Nu'man.
    I was also hoping to be able to download these activities. Will be a hit with my little boys.

  5. Waalaikum assalam wa rahmatullaah

    @Umm Maimoonah: tayyib, will upload all insha'Allaah.

    @Muslimlearninggarden: tayyib dear sis, I will add the files today or tomorrow insha'Allaah. I will also add to the post the method I used to make the pieces sturdy after printing them. Jazakillaahu khayr.

  6. Assalaamu alaikum,

    Masha Allah, this looks very nice, will download too insha Allah when available -:) Jazak Allah khair

  7. Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh,

    Dear Sis, please could you advise if the clip art has been uploaded? As I do not see any links. If it hasn't been uploaded please take your time and I am happy to wait. I love the idea mashaAllah.

    Wasalamu alaikum

    Umm Yusuf

  8. Waalaikum assalam wa rahmatullaah,

    sis Umm Yusuf, please see the paragraph under the third picture in the post. I hope I did not forget to highlight the links in blue. There should be three words that say here and one is for the text, the other the transportation vehicles clipart and the last the planets clipart. Please do let me know if I forgot to highlight them.

  9. Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh,

    BarakAllahu feek sis, my son will love this inshaAllah.

    Wasalamu alaikum

    Umm Yusuf

  10. Assalaamu Alaikum sis Umm An Nu'maan,

    Jazzakillaah Khayr for making it available for downloading! Very much appreciated! : )

  11. Waalaikum assalam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakatuh,

    @Sis Umm Yusuf: wa feki barak Allaah. I hope your son enjoys it *smile*. I look forward to hearing how it went.

    @Sis Umm Maimoonah: wa iyaki. It takes a bit of cutting and gluing but it does not take too long alhamdulillaah.

  12. Salaam 3alikoum dear sister,

    Jazaaki Allahoe geiran this will help me a lot. I would like to know which programs do you use by making your own books en picture's. I have many idea's but dont know how to make my own grapics.

    Salaam 3alikoum,


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