How We Get From Here
Bunnies on the Go:
Getting from Place to Place
By: Melissa S. Martin
Purpose: The purpose of this
lesson is to learn the various forms of movement people rely on today and
Estimated Time: One – two
Grade Level: K – 8 (easily
adapted to any grade level)
National Geography Standards Addressed:
Standard 3: How to analyze the spatial
orgainization of people, places, and environments on Earth’s surface.
Standard 9: The characteristics,
distribution, and migration of human populations on Earth’s surface.
Standard 11: The patterns and networks
of economic interdependence on the Earth’s surface.
Indiana Social Studies Standards Addressed:
2.3.6: Identify map symbols of cultural
or human features, such as roads, highways, and cities, and give examples
from the local region.
2.3.7: Use a variety of information
resources to identify ways the the physical environment influenes human
activities in the community.
4.3.8: Create a map tracing the
routes and methods of travel used by seattlers to reach Indiana, and identify
ways in which settlers have changed the landscape in Indiana over the past
two hundred years.
WG6.4: Identify spatial patterns in the
movement of people, goods, and ideas throughtout history.
WG6.5: Understand the relationships between
changing transportation technologies and increasing urbanization.
Upon completion of this lesson/activity,
students will be able to…
o recognize the various types of movement
people rely on to get from one place to another.
be able to located the forms of movement on
be able to choose one form of movement and
research its “path”.
Book: Bunnies on the Go; Getting from Place
to Place by Rick Walton ISBN: 0-06-029185-0
Map of the United States or atlases.
Cut-outs or black line masters of each mode
Internet access (optional)
Travel brochures (optional)
Lists of various routes of different modes
Have the students brainstorm various forms
Record their responses.
Read the book, Bunnies on the Go.
Revisit the brainstorm responses.
For lower levels, have students choose a mode
of transportation cut it out and color it to create a bulletin board.
For upper levels, have studens now develop
a list of routes for each mode.
Each students should choose a route and “find
out more” to share with the class.
This sharing can be in the form of poster
board presentation, written description, power point, travel brochure,
Completion of work and class participation.
Create and interdisciplinary unit with math
teacher and determine milage of routes and times.
Create routes using all modes of transportaion
mentioned in book.
Field trip ideas: train station, airport,
port, organize a hay ride, invite someone with a hot air balloon, visit
a farm or have a tractor brought to school