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BLAST Early Learning
Trucks and Tractors


Otis by Loren Long
When a big new yellow tractor arrives, Otis the friendly little tractor is cast away behind the barn, but when trouble occurs Otis is the only one who can help.


Easy Street
by Rita Gray; illustrations by Mary Bono
Relates, in rhyming verse, how dump trucks and paving machines layer and compact hot asphalt to make a street.


Open-ended Questions for Otis

  • What do you like to do to “unwind?”
  • What is a calf?



“I Love My Truck” rhyme
I love my truck my truck loves me
I built my truck in a factory,
My little truck goes beep beep beep,
Beep beep beep beep beep HONK.

I love my tractor my tractor loves me
I built my tractor in a factory,
My little tractor goes putt putt putt,
And my little truck goes beep beep beep
Beep beep beep beep beep HONK.

I love my motorcycle my motorcycle loves me,
I built my motorcycle in a factory,
My little motorcycle goes,
Vroom vroom vroom,
My little tractor goes putt putt putt,
And my little truck goes beep beep beep,
Beep beep beep beep beep HONK.


Vocabulary Word:

calf: n. baby cow
“The calf bawled and bawled for her mother...”
(taken from Otis by Loren Long)



Wheel Multiplication
Give five children one matchbox truck each. Make a chart that that has a list like this:
1 truck has __ wheels.
2 trucks have __ wheels.
3 trucks have __ wheels.
4 trucks have __ wheels.
5 trucks have __ wheels.

With the children, count the amount of wheels in each sentence, adding one truck each time.


Car Tracks
Tape a piece of 12x18 piece of construction paper to the work area. Gather three or four different sized plastic cars with moveable wheels and three or four different colored tempera paints. Pour tempera paint over a sponge. Prepare a different color for each sponge. Roll the wheels of the car across the paint soaked sponge and move the cars across the paper creating car tracks!

Tracks a Wheel Makes
Let your children drive toy vehicles through several different substances (water, paint, mud, shaving cream, silly putty, etc) Talk to them about the different tracks that are made in the different substances.

Rolling Jars
Get several clear jars of the same size. Put different small materials in each one (a marble, crayon, block, pencil, etc.). Let the children roll them around discuss with them how the items affect the jars ability to roll.

Make several ramps of different heights for your children to play with. Ask them which one makes the cars go faster. See if they can tell you why. If they cannot, then tell them why.



Jack's House
by Karen Magnuson Beil;
illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
Cumulative text reveals who was really responsible for the house that Jack claims to have built, and all of the trucks involved, from the bulldozer used to clear the land to the van that brought a hammock for the back yard.


by Sally Sutton; illustrated by Brian Lovelock
There are many big machines and busy people involved in building a road, and this picture book follows them every step of the way, from clearing a pathway to rolling the tar to sweeping up at the end.


Smash! Crash!
by Jon Scieszka; illustrations created by David Shannon, Loren Long, David Gordon
Best friends Jack Truck and Dump Truck Dan love to smash things but sometimes their antics get them into trouble. One day they meet Wrecking Crane Rosie. Are Jack and Dan's smashing days over?


Truck Stuck              
by Sallie Wolf;
illustrated by Andy Robert Davies
Illustrations and simple rhyming text tell the story of a big truck that gets stuck under a bridge.