History of Transportation


In our History of Transportation lesson plan, students learn how to define transportation and how it has evolved over the years. Students learn about several modes of transportation and discuss how they’ve evolved and what the future of transportation might be.

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Our History of Transportation lesson plan discusses the history of transportation with the students from the invention of the wheel to future space travel. Most people, including kids, take transportation for granted and are unaware of the history behind the different methods of land, seas, and air transportation. During this lesson, students are asked to work with a partner to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each given type of transportation, taking into consideration cost, environment, time, and other things about the transportation type that can be positive or negative. Students are also asked to match terms to their definitions in order to demonstrate their understanding of the lesson vocabulary.

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to define transportation, identify the modes of transportation, and describe the history of transportation methods.

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3

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Social Studies


1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade