McREL Standards Activity
Trains, Planes, and Automobiles
|Purpose:||As a result of this activity, students will be able to recognize different modes of transportation and the services they provide.|
|Related Standard & Benchmarks:|
| ||Standard 11.||Understands the patterns and networks of economic interdependence on Earth's surface |
| || || ||Level I [Grade K-2]|
| || || ||Benchmark 1. Knows the modes of transportation used to move people, products and ideas from place to place (e.g., barges, airplanes, automobiles, pipelines, ships, railroads), their importance and their advantages and disadvantages |
|Material & Resources:||No special resources required for this activity.|
|Teacher's Note:||The teacher may wish to contact the post office, UPS, FedEx, or some other delivery company with the same list of items as the class has, and at the end of the activity the class could compare this list with their own.|
|Aunt Edna had all sorts of strange things to send to different people, so she went to the Post Office to ask for help. The following is a list of items that she wanted to send:|
- A letter to her daughter
- A new car to her son who lives overseas in Japan
- A box of bananas to her friend in Alaska
- A cat to her mother (who lives a few states away)
- Her son on a visit to his cousins (who live a few towns away)
Make a list of the type of transportation that you think the Post Office suggested for each item, including the advantages and disadvantages of each mode. Are there items that could be sent more than one way? Why do you think modes of transportation are important to Aunt Edna?
The letter should be sent by ______________________.
The car should be sent by _________________________.
The box of bananas should be sent by ___________________.
The cat should be sent by ________________________.
Her son should be sent by ________________________.