Reading a Bus Schedule Lesson Plan

Instructor: Suzanne Rose

Suzanne has taught all levels PK-graduate school and has a PhD in Instructional Systems Design. She currently teachers literacy courses to preservice and inservice teachers.

Through this lesson plan, students learn to read a bus schedule and learn how to answer questions about a bus schedule. You can also integrate bus schedule activities into other subjects using extension activities.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this lesson, students will:

  • Read a bus schedule.
  • Answer questions using information from a bus schedule.


45-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears

Materials Needed

  • Bus schedule handout (1 per student)
  • Projector or SMART Board
  • Collection of bus schedules printed from online sources or gathered from bus stations; label these with numbers or colors so they can be identified later



Use a projector or SMART Board to show students the sample bus schedule. Point out some features of the bus schedule, such as:

  • It includes information to help you find the location on a map that would correspond to the stop you are interested in.
  • It is for routes that go northbound.
  • It tells the number of the route for this schedule.
  • The schedule is only for Monday to Friday.
  • The times show when the bus on this route is scheduled to arrive at each of the listed stops.

Walk the students through answering questions about the bus schedule. Ask students to come up to the display to point to where they found the information on the projected schedule. Set up questions for your bus schedule details.

  • What bus route is this the schedule for?
  • If you are waiting at the corner of Main Street and Ocean Blvd., what would be the earliest that you could get on the Route 26 bus? What is the latest time you could get on the Route 26 bus?
  • If you were waiting at Vance Park, what number would show the location of that stop on the map?
  • If you were shopping at Ocean Springs Plaza and needed to get to the corner of S. Atlantic Avenue and 12th Street by 12:07, what time would you have to get on the #26 bus?

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