Transportation Lesson Plan

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Introduce students to the concept of travel through a reading. While reading, students will stop to write about what they are learning. A sharing activity at the end serves to tie learning together.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe, in detail, past forms of transportation
  • identify several modern forms of transportation, and decide which is best for specific situations


60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Identify the main topic of a multi-paragraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.


Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.


  • Drawing Paper
  • Crayons/Colored Pencils


  • Start the lesson with a short whole-class discussion about traveling. Ask students where they have traveled before. How did they get there? What forms of transportation are available today? This conversation will help to frame the lesson for students.
  • Distribute (either via hard copy or electronically) the text lesson: How Do People Travel? - Lesson for Kids. Read the lesson aloud to students.
  • Pause after reading the section: Historical Ways to Travel.
    • Write the following prompt on the board: Write a fictional journal/diary entry about travelling into town as a past citizen. Include the following terms from the reading: destination, carriage.
  • Give students some time to write. Circulate around the room to have short conversations with students that need guidance.
  • Continue reading the section: City Travel. Pause to have a whole class discussion. Ask:
    • Has anyone ever traveled to the city?
    • If so, how did they get around?
  • Read the remainder of the lesson, answering any questions.


  • Ask students to pick two destinations. One should be very far away, and one should be closer.
  • Ask students to draw two pictures: One will depict travelling to their far off destination while the other will depict travelling to the nearer one. Their pictures should be realistic, but creative. The idea here is to make sure they understand the practicality of travelling. For example, they won't travel by car to Australia!
  • Display students completed work around the room.

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