Stopping Along the Way
- Grade level: Upper Elementary
- Subject Area: Math, Social Studies
Students use atlases, maps, and Web resources to plan a day trip to at least one city or point of interest that is on the way to their final destination.
- Gain practice reading maps.
- Learn about the culture and history of a city or point of interest.
Materials and Resources
In developing our lessons and activities, we made some assumptions about the hardware and software that would be available in the classroom for teachers who visit the LETSNet Website. We assume that teachers using our Internet-based lessons or activities have a computer with the necessary hardware components (mouse, keyboard, and monitor) as well as a World Wide Web browser. In the section below, we specify any "special" hardware or software requirements for a lesson or activity (in addition to those described above) and the level of Internet access required to do the activity.
- Special hardware requirements: None.
- Special software requirements: None.
- Classroom materials: Current United States road maps and atlases; paper and colored pencils, markers or crayons.
- Internet access: A medium-speed or higher connection.
- Have students examine the itineraries they created in Lesson Two and identify a stop along the way, whether it is a city, a national park, or some other point of interest.
- Have the students use Web and other resources to collect information about the place where they plan to take a day trip (see Internet Resources below).
- Have the students plan a day trip to the site they have selected, complete with a tentative agenda, estimate of costs, and information about any services they may need to request (e.g., tour guides, museum tickets, etc.)
Provides a variety of information, such as sights, accommodations, dining, and entertainment, about a variety of cities.
- World Travel Net
Provides travel information, maps, city information, and other resources on a variety of cities worldwide.
- Yahoo! Regional: U.S. States
Provides historical, entertainment, lodging, and travel information about selected U.S. cities.
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