Lesson  Transportation in communities
Content Area Social Studies
Unit Communities
Standards  2.1 a,b,c
Objective Students will be able to:

  • define the word transportation
  • identify transportation for different communities
  • explain why cars are necessary in suburbs and rural areas
  • explain why there are better forms of transportation in urban areas other than cars (ie subways, taxis, Metro Buses, and walking)

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  1. Define (write on board) the word transportation to students (transportation is a way of moving people or things from one place to another).  Explain that today we are going to look at some different forms of transportation and the communities they are mostly found in.
  2. Show students this clip. (clip shows rural, suburban, and urban areas)
  3. Show the clip above and hang pictures/visuals of the following on the board: tractor, car, subway, taxi, Metro Bus, walking, bicycle)
  4. Taking a look at one form of transportation at a time, list the community(ies) that you would most likely find them in.  Work with students, allow them to Turn ‘n’ talk, and predict their answers.
  5. Formulate discussion based off of the YouTube clips from the previous lesson as to why that form of transportation is best.
  • ie a subway is not necessary in a rural community because not a lot of people live there and people have cars because there is space for driveways
  • a subway is important in a city because most people don’t have cars.  Subways fit a lot of people and can get you around.  Cities have a lot of people.
  • ie you wouldn’t depend on walking everywhere in a rural community because everything is spaced out.  you would need a car to get to places
  • ie you wouldn’t need a tractor in an urban area because there aren’t large farms in a city.
  • pictures of transporation printed out
  • SMARTboard
  • chart paper
Formative Assessment  Post-It Note exit slip

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