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Topic

Human Geography

Grades

3rd, 4th, 5th

Subjects

Social Studies, Geography

Duration

50 minutes

Regional Focus

Global

Format

Google Docs, Google Slides

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Into the Mind of a Transportation Planner (Green Transportation #3)

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Feb 1, 2023
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This lesson explores different transit systems around the world and unpacks the decision-making process behind transportation planning. 


Step 1 - Inquire: Students analyze the transit route maps of four different cities.


Step 2 - Investigate: Students explore in greater depth the elements and features of four different transit systems.


Step 3 - Inspire: Students recall transit rider concerns and create a reimagined metro system to appeal to more riders in the community.

Positives

  • Students have the opportunity to collaborate and reason with each other.
  • Students conduct research and present their findings orally.
  • Students are exposed to global connections.
  • Students activate creativity and imagination.

Additional Prerequisites

  • This is lesson 3 of 6 in our 3rd-5th grade Green Transportation unit.
  • Students should have prior knowledge of accessing information using the Internet.

Differentiation

  • Teacher can modify the Investigate section through the following ways based on students' needs:
    • Low Level: Teacher provides students with mostly visuals and/or audio recordings describing the different transportation systems and allows students to write keywords and share.
    • On Level: Teacher provides students with a mix of visuals and brief sentences from articles describing the different transportation systems. Students can write 1-4 sentences to share.
    • High Level: Teacher provides students with complete articles describing the different transit systems and allows students to highlight in the text. Students then write 5+ complete sentences prior to their sharing with the whole class.
  • In the Inspire section, students have the option to work independently or in groups.
  • If working in groups, students can choose the specific role that fits their personality the best.

This lesson has students investigate what transportation planners do and the transportation systems of different countries. All external links are valid, and this lesson has passed our scientific review process.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

Primary Standards

  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.1.3-5 Construct maps and other graphic representations of both familiar and unfamiliar places.
      • D2.Geo.3.3-5 Use maps of different scales to describe the locations of cultural and environmental characteristics.
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