Transportation Teacher Resources
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Comparing Modes of Transportation
Let's go to New York! Young researchers browse several websites to find informational texts that will help them decide the best mode of transportation for planning a pretend trip from their hometown to New York City. They create charts and graphs with spreadsheet software to display data they've collected.
3rd - 5th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Categorize Important Vocabulary Words and Describe their Features
Second graders read a short passage along with the teacher to pull out various transportation related words. They analyze each of the chosen words by creating a chart which helps them think about the similarities and differences of each words in order to categorize it.
2nd English Language Arts
Cell Membrane / Transport Drawing Project
Biology buffs illustrate the workings of the cell membrane when they complete this checklist. Not only do they draw the structure, they also draw gradients and mechanisms for the transport of materials across the membrane. Your advanced biology learners will rise to the great expectations of this assignment.
1st - 12th Science
Wheeling It In!
Students use everyday materials (milk cartons, water bottles, pencils, straws, candy) to build a small-scale transportation device that incorporates the wheel and axle and the lever. They race their carts/trucks, measure distance, time and weight, and calculate speed.
3rd - 5th Science
Trekking Across America
Students evaluate the impact of transportation on society, the economy, communication, and travel. They complete an inquiry project about modern modes of transportation, and compare transportation of the 19th century to transportation today.
5th - 9th Social Studies & History
Streetfilms' Moving Beyond the Automobile
This is an exceptional series that you can use in an environmental or engineering unit. There are four lessons: "Sustainable Transportation," "Designing for Safety," "Changing the Landscape," and "Engaging in Policy." Each lesson includes two or three short but inspirational films, as well as associated worksheets and activities.
7th - Higher Ed Science
Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics: Tire and Wheel Assemblies
Is bigger really better? By the end of this instructional activity, learners will be able to apply formulas for computing the diameter of tires and wheel assemblies. Begin by showing a slide presentation that will review definitions for radius and diameter, unit conversions, and decimal/percent conversions.
6th - 12th Math CCSS: Designed
Transportation: Beginning ESL Lesson
Vroom vroom! Get behind the wheel of a vehicle in this ESL presentation about transportation. Clear illustrations help to define thirty transportation words such as car, pickup truck, and airplane. Use this presentation in the context of a unit about transportation, or in a game to reinforce vocabulary.
5th - 9th English Language Arts
Now and Then and Back Again: A Study of Transportation
Students examine various modes of transportation used throughout the history of the United States. They explore various websites, answer discussion questions, construct a conestoga wagon using Tinker Toys and construction paper, and create a PowerPoint presentation about different modes of transportation.
K - 2nd Social Studies & History
Goods, Services, People and Ideas Transported Through Colorado: A Mission Impossible?
Groups of learners work together to determine the best mode of transportation between two cities in Colorado. The journey is supposed to have taken place a century ago, so the groups must study old maps, and old methods of transporting goods between the cities during that time.
4th - 5th Social Studies & History
An Era of Innovation
Research milestones from the past century. Transportation milestones have changed society, the economy, communication, and travel. Pupils research these changes in order to create a transportation exhibit showing the enhancements in transportation in the past ten years.
K - 12th English Language Arts
Lesson 6: Crowded Skies
This is a treasure-trove of multimedia resources to help your scholars analyze transportation methods. They discuss different forms of movement, utilizing several infographics to spur conversation deeper and get visual learners engaged. A video on the future of air transport reveals the NextGen technology and why the FAA feels it is necessary.
5th - 12th Science
Membrane Permeability Lab
Biologists investigate cell membrane permeability with this lab activity. They examine live and boiled yeast cells under a microscope and add Congo red to discover whether or not the cells take in the dye. An excellent lab sheet is included along with the background reading and procedure.
9th - 12th Science