A few children volunteered to help make traffic signs for the road. Using the transportation signs that are in our classroom for provocation, as well as the book, I Read Signs, by Tana Hoben, they worked in the TinkerLab to create signs. A pedestrian walk sign, a stop sign, traffic lights, and a bus stop were designed. Some traffic lights were tradition while others, had speciality lights such as, “a purple light that tells you when the bus needs gas.” These students brought the signs back into the classroom to show their peers. We asked how we could put them up as signs. Some children grabbed large hollow blocks and suggested we tape the signs to the blocks. We did just that. Now it was time for the road.
On Thursday, the day had finally come to ride a city bus! We had been counting down all week and couldn’t wait to ride the number 8 Halsted bus. We bundled and buddied up as we traveled down Fulton to Halsted to reach the Halsted and Lake bus stop. Using a bus tracker app, we counted down the minutes, observing that the number of minutes on the app were getting smaller and smaller as the bus got closer and closer. We were happy to see plenty of seats available as we got on to the bus allowing the children to look out the window. We noticed that the seats were blue, just like in the photos we had researched ahead of time. We listened for the Madison stop, and many children reached up to ring the bell!
We were thrilled to see that the transit gods had smiled upon us as we exited the market and saw the number 8 bus quickly approaching. We headed back to school ready to enjoy some warm cocoa and share our field trip stories with the rest of the Bennett Day students.