Moving Through Time
Language Arts and Art Activity
Students do research to make posters of transportation "firsts" to show how methods of travel have changed over time.
WHAT YOU NEED
- Reference books with information on transportation history
- Poster board
- Art materials
WHAT TO DO
- Ask students how they got to school today. List the different means of
transportation they used on the chalkboard. Point out that walking is one means of
transportation, as is a car and a bus. Explain that transportation the way we get from one place to another.
- Ask students to work in teams to brainstorm types of transportation. Encourage students not to limit their thinking to wheeled
ground vehicles, but to consider other ways of getting from place to place, such as
sleds, planes, gliders, submarines, or skateboards.
- With the whole group, develop a class list of different means of
transportation, eliminating duplication. Point out to students that when they
thought of these ideas, they were may have been picturing certain machines as they look now. Explain that early models of each type of mechanical transportation may have looked different in the past.
- Divide the class into small groups or pairs, depending on your class size. Then assign to each group one type of transportation. Tell students to use reference materials to research their assigned transportation method, then prepare a fact poster, that should include a drawing of the first, or an early model of the machine and a list of fun or interesting facts about it.
Some students may enjoy drawing up-to-date models of the same types of
transportation and adding that to the posters.
Children can write stories in which the characters of an earlier time get their
first ride in the a particular type of transportation. The stories should focus
on the characters' reactions to the new wonder.
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