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Lesson 1
Objectives

Students will:

  • be able to define the word transportation.
  • brainstorm different types of transportation.
  • learn about the history of transportation and what people did before there were cars.
  • take an online quiz testing their knowledge of early transportation.
Materials
Procedure
  1. Discuss and define the term transportation (the way we get from one place to another).
  2. Using chart paper and markers, have students brainstorm different types of transportation.
  3. Ask students which of the brainstormed types of transportation were not possible hundreds of years ago.
  4. Have students read about early transportation at the Transit People website. After reading, students will take the online quiz.

Click here for a lesson plan with a good alternate activity where students will work in groups to make posters showing transportation firsts.

Assessment
Students self-assess using the online quiz.
Lesson 2
Objectives
Students will view primary sources related to transportation. They will describe how the pictures are alike and different from the transportation we use today.
Materials
Procedure
  1. Have students go to the transportation primary source page.
  2. Students are to pick one picture from the page, print it out, and write a paragraph describing how the transportation from the picture is alike and different from what we are used to today.
Assessment
Students will add completed papers to their folders for assessment.
Lesson 3
Objectives
Students will play transportation games.
Materials
Internet Access
Procedure

Students can play these transportation related games by clicking on the following links:

  • Where's Everyone Going? Game - in this game students will match a variety of vehicles with their destinations and time periods to learn how much transportation in America has changed over time.
  • Drive Through Time Game - in this game students will travel through time and decide how to get from here to there, while assembling their own photo album.
Assessment
There will be no assessment for this activity.

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