You and your own blue suitcase are going on a trip! You will need to decide where you are going to go, how you will get there, and what you will need to take with you. Who are you going to see? How long will you stay? How will you return? You will need to gather some information about transportation to help you make good decisions. "Let's go!"
We will begin by reading and re-reading
During our study we will want to find out
|Resource:||"Let's Go!" to the Resource page, to find out about the different kinds of transportation you can use. Includes pictures and links to sites about some of the different kinds of transportation you can use on your trip. Or you can click on one of these pictures to jump to one of these three types of transportation, land, sea or air.|
Check out each kind of transportation, even those you don't plan on using. Short trips can cost less than long trips, but a trip to Disneyland nearby can be very expensive. Think about what you will need when you are away from home. Don't forget your toothbrush and your Teddy Bear. Will everything fit in your suitcase?
You will "pack" (cut and paste) your own "blue suitcase" (construction paper) with all the special items you will need for your journey. Your "suitcase" should answer the following questions:
We should be able to answer these questions by looking at the pictures you have included in your "suitcase" and what you say during your "share and tell" presentation. You will "share" your "suitcase" with the class and we will talk about your plans. We will then have our "Bon Voyage Party."
We hope you have a great trip!
Prior to beginning this unit the teacher should assemble many of the wide variety of resources that are available, including books and magazines. The teacher should also check the Websites to see if they can be used in the classroom or in a Lab. The alternative would be to print them out for the student to see.
The actual "packing the suitcase" would be an excellent culminating activity to a traditional unit on Transportation. It will probably be a Kindergarten child's first experience with Problem Based Learning. Obviously they will need a lot of help to work through the process. This would be explained to the Parent in a detailed "Homework Assignment" note.
The Internet sites selected were chosen because they had excellent, informative pictures. In some cases the text is not actually inappropriate, but it is written for another purpose. The pictures are why you are retrieving the site. They will take a fairly long time to "load." For that reason it is recommended that you bring the sites up before you plan to use them. That will make it easier to retrieve them when you have children waiting. It is always good to go over the content of a Website before using it with your class.
After all the "research" is done, the children will, as a homework assignment, "pack" a little blue suitcase. It should answer all the questions in the "Evaluation" section in some graphic way. Each child will then do a short oral presentation to explain why they have made the choices they have.
H/SS Content Standards:
K.3 Students match simple descriptions of work that people do and the names of those jobs with examples....
K.4 Students compare and contrast the locations of people, places, and environments and describe the human and physical characteristics by constructing maps and models of ...transportation lines.
1.4 Students compare and contrast everyday life in different times and places around the world and recognize that some aspects of people, places and things change over time and other stay the same in terms of ...transportation methods of earlier days.
H/SS Analysis Skills:
Chronological and Spatial Thinking
4. Students use map and globe skills to determine the absolute locations of places and interpret information available through maps...
5. Students judge the significance of the relative location of a place...
Information Literacy Skills:
* See your County or District's Audio-Visual Guide.
Bus Driver, Truck Driver, Airline Pilot, Fishing Boat Captain, Mountain Bike Champion, Motorcycle Rider etc.
An airport, the truck stop, a rail yard or depot, a harbor, the motorcycle park, or the mountain bike trails etc.
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Last Updated: 03.28.06