Transportation – Eras, Famous Stories & Experiences

Transportation – Eras, Famous Stories & Experiences

Eras in Transportation

Blue Room: Famous Transportation Stories

This month we will be introducing students to some of the most famous stories in transportation. Through the reading of these stories, students will experience transportation by horse, ship and airplane, and will even get the opportunity to swim through the ocean in a small submarine!

Week 1: The Pony Express

Week 1 in the Blue Room is focused on the amazing story of the Pony Express. Students will follow a man named Johnny Fry on the first Pony Express ride in history! We introduce the Pony Express through the story  Off Like the Wind! The First Ride of the Pony Express, by Michael P. Spradlin. The story takes students through the eleven day journey from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, to deliver eighty-five pieces of mail by way of horse. The story is not only full of intriguing details about the journey, but has beautiful, full-color pictures on every page.

Week 1 Sub Theme Objectives

  1. Be familiar with the story of the Pony Express through the reading of the story, Off Like the Wind! The First Ride of the Pony Express, by Michael P. Spradlin (i.e. what was its’ purpose, what was its’ route, etc.).
  2. Be able to recollect parts of a story read from a previous day.
  3. Experience Expressive Reading.

Week 2: The Grandeur of the Titanic

Week 2 in the Blue Room will be focused on one of the greatest ships ever built, the Titanic. Students will be introduced to the story of the Titanic through two books: Inside the Titanic by Ken Marschall and Finding the Titanic by Robert Ballard. Since the story of the Titanic can be overwhelming, it will be spread out over two weeks. Week 2 will be spent learning about the ship and all of its’ wonder, while wee 3 will be spent discovering the Titanic with Robert Ballard two and a half miles down on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

Week 2 Sub Theme Objectives

  1. Be familiar with the story of the Titanic through a partial reading of the story, Finding the Titanic, by Robert Ballard (i.e. when it was built, why it was built, who the passengers were, etc.) and the book, Inside the Titanic, by Ken Marschall.
  2. Be able to recollect parts of a story read from a previous day.
  3. Experience Expressive Reading.

Week 3: Around the World with Thomas Stevens

Week 3 will take students on an adventure around the world on one of the very first bicycles ever manufactured in the United States with Thomas Stevens as their guide.

Week 3 Sub Theme Objectives

  1. Be familiar with the Thomas Stevens and the amazing journey he took around the world.
  2. Know the difference between a traditional book and a graphic novel.
  3. Have had the opportunity to create a graphic novel of their own exciting adventure around the world (individual or group).

Week 4: Amelia Earhart

Week 4 will be focused on an American heroine, Amelia Earhart. Amelia Earhart was a woman far beyond her time. She wanted to make a difference in the world and do things that no one else had ever done. She achieved her goal many times over when she became the first woman to fly alone across the Atlantic Ocean. She accomplished many firsts in the world of flying. She was the first to fly alone across both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans as well as the first to fly alone from Los Angeles to Mexico City. It was on June 1, 1937 that Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, began a trip to fly around the world. The last time they were seen or heard from was on July 2, 1937 and it is believed that they disappeared somewhere over the Pacific Ocean, never to be found.

Week 4 Sub Theme Objectives

  1. Be familiar with the story of Amelia Earhart through the reading of the story, A Picture Book of Amelia Earhart, by David Adler (i.e. who she was, what she is famous for, what happened to her, etc.).
  2. Be able to recollect parts of a story read from a previous day.
  3. Experience Expressive Reading.

Learning Goals

Reading:

1.2 Follow words from left to right and from top to bottom on the printed page (level k)

1.9 Blend vowel-consonant sounds orally to make words or syllables (level k)

Written and Oral English Language Conventions:

1.2 Spell independently by using pre-phonetic knowledge, sounds of the alphabet, and knowledge of letter names (level k)

Listening and Speaking:

1.1 Listen attentively (1st grade level)

Letters:

Recognition, Sounds and Writing

Green Room: Eras In Transportation

This month students will be introduced to four different eras in transportation. During each era students will be paying close attention to the progression of three distinct modes of transportation: planes, trains and automobiles. Students will begin their journey in a horse led buggy and end their month in the future dreaming of the endless transportation possibilities!

Week 1: Wild West

During week 1 in the Green Room, students will be introduced to the history of modern transportation. Students will begin their journey by first exploring modes of transportation in the Wild West! In the days of pioneers, cowboys rode horses, families traveled in wagons and goods were brought from one county to another through the use of stagecoaches. Throughout the week students will learn about a variety of ways to travel during this time in history, however, an emphasis will be placed on early versions of planes, trains and automobiles. By placing a greater amount of focus on these three types of transportation, students will be able to clearly see the incredible progress that transportation has made over the years.

Week 1 Sub Theme Objectives:

  1. Become familiar with the types of transportation used during the Wild West with special attention paid to the beginnings of planes, trains and automobiles.
  2. Know the purpose of each mode of transportation (i.e. traveling, moving goods, etc.).
  3. Know the weaknesses of each mode of transportation (i.e. stagecoaches were robbed, horses were stolen, etc.).
  4. Be challenged to think about how weather could have affected each mode of transportation and the alterations that may have been necessary to the transportation or journey because of it.

Week 2: Early 20th Century

Week 2 in the Green Room will be focused on the transportation of the early 20th century. The world of transportation experienced many firsts at this time in history. It was during this time when the mass production of automobiles first came into view and Henry Ford’s famous Model-T was born! Airplanes also took hold of the world’s attention when the Wright Brothers first flew their airplane in 1903. Throughout the week students will learn about a variety of ways to travel during this time in history, however, an emphasis will be placed on early versions of planes, trains and automobiles. Like in week 1, by placing a greater amount of focus on these three types of transportation, students will be able to clearly see the incredible progress that transportation has made over the years.

Week 2 Sub Theme Objectives:

  1. Become familiar with the types of transportation used during the early 20th century specifically planes, trains and automobiles.
  2. Know the purpose of each mode of transportation (i.e. traveling, moving goods, etc.).
  3. Be challenged to think about the types of things these modes of transportation allowed people to do in the early 20th century (i.e. work further from home, purchase goods from a city, etc.) and how it changed society at this time.

Week 3: Present Day

Week 3 in the Green Room will be focused on the transportation of today! The progress that the transportation industry has made since the early 20th century is remarkable. Some automobiles now reach speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour and military airplanes consistently fly three times as fast as the speed of sound! Throughout the week students will learn about a variety of ways people travel today, however, an emphasis will be still be placed on planes, trains and automobiles. Like with previous weeks, by placing a greater amount of focus on these three types of transportation, students will be able to clearly see the incredible progress that transportation has made over the years.

Week 3 Sub Theme Objectives:

  1. Be familiar with the types of transportation used today, specifically planes, trains and automobiles.
  2. Discuss the opportunities people have today due to the types of transportation available to them (i.e. fly somewhere for a meeting, commute long distances in a car, take a cruise for vacation, transport goods around the world, etc.).
  3. Discuss the focus of the automobile industry in today’s “green” climate i e alternative fuel sources).

Week 4: Future

Week 4 in the Green Room will turn its’ focus to the future of transportation! This is a week to let students’ imaginations take hold! By using the information they have learned throughout the month, students will make informed predictions about what types of vehicles may exist in the future, including their appearance, purpose and fuel sources. Throughout the week students will make predictions about how they believe people will travel in the future, however, an emphasis will still be placed on planes, trains and automobiles. Students will be asked to think about and discuss whether or not these modes of transportation will still exist in the future, and if they do, to predict how they will look and function.

Week 4 Sub Theme Objectives:

  1. Think about and discuss the types of transportation that may be available in the future with an emphasis on the types of planes, trains and automobiles that may or may not be around.
  2. Participate in the creation of a vehicle that may exist in the future including discussing what thevehicle looks like, what type of fuel it uses and what purpose it would serve.

Learning Goals

A Child’s Place in Time & Space (1st grade level):

1.2.4 Describe how location, weather, and physical environment affect the way people live, including the effects on their transportation

Statistics, Data Analysis & Probability (level k):

1.1 Pose information questions; collect data; and record results using objects, pictures and picture graphs

Numbers and Shapes:

Recognition, Writing Numbers and Drawing Shapes

Red Room: Transportation Experiences

This month in the Red Room students will be introduced to a variety of transportation experiences! Students will come away with a new appreciation for vehicles that drive, propel and fly!

Week 1: Transportation Songs and Games

Week 1 in the Red Room will be focused on playing games and singing songs that are all related to transportation. The goal of the week is to get students moving and having fun! The weather is warming up and it is the perfect time to get outdoors and teach students how to play some organized games.

Week 1 Sub Theme Objectives:

  1. Participate in a variety of games having to do with transportation (i.e. “Red Light, Green Light,” “A Very Long Trip Mime Game,” “At the Train Station,” etc.).
  2. Sing a variety of transportation-related songs (i.e. “The Wheels on the Bus,” “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” etc.)
  3. Learn why it is important to be a “good sport.”

Week 2: Henry Ford’s Factory

During week 2 students will have the opportunity to experience what life was like as a Ford Factory worker back in the early 20th century. For this week, the Red Room will be transformed into one of Henry Ford’s factories. Students will feel like they have been transported back in time 100 years. This will increase their comprehension of the subject matter and cause their imaginations to soar!

Week 2 Sub Theme Objectives:

  1. Understand what it was like to be a worker in one of Henry Ford’s factories (i.e. who worked in them, type of work performed, clothes worn, cars manufactured, etc.).
  2. Be familiar with who Henry Ford was.
  3. Pretend to be a worker in one of Henry Ford’s factory (i.e. assembly line manufacturing).
  4. Participate in the creation of a vehicle using the assembly-line method.

Week 3: Aerial Photography

Week 3 will be focused on learning about and experiencing aerial photography. Aerial photography is an art that depends on specific types of transportation: airplanes and helicopters! There is an incredible amount of variety in aerial photography. Some aerial photographers choose to photograph nature, while others prefer to photograph cityscapes. No matter what the subject, all aerial photographs are truly amazing.

Week 3 Sub Theme Objectives:

  1. Be familiar with the term “aerial photography” and understand how an aerial picture is taken.
  2. Pretend to be aerial photographers.
  3. View pictures taken by real aerial photographers and discuss what is seen.

Week 4: Racing and Car Shows

During week 4 our students will be introduced to two of the most popular hobbies in the United States: car racing and car shows. Both hobbies create excitement for millions of Americans and during week 4 students will learn why these American pastimes are so beloved.

Week 4 Sub Theme Objectives:

  1. Be introduced to the idea of a “car race” and participate in the simulation of one.
  2. Be familiar with the idea of a “car show” and know the types of vehicles that are typically shown.
  3. Create signs and/or banners for the Fusion Car Show at the end of the week.

Learning Goals

Physical Education (level K):

1.2 Travel forward and sideways while changing direction quickly in response to a signal

1.3 Demonstrate contrasts between slow and fast speeds

Visual Arts (level K):

2.6 Use geometric shapes/forms in a work of art

Art of the Month:

Aerial Photography

Music of the Month:

“Classic American Train Songs” & “Sounds of Machines, Movement and Transportation”

Color:

Recognition & Primary vs. Secondary