HOME: The Story of Maine
"Trails, Rails, and Roads"
|ALIGNMENT WITH MAINE'S LEARNING RESULTS:
1. A Clear and Effective Communicator
2. A Self-directed and Lifelong Learner
SOCIAL STUDIES: Geography
A. Skills and Tools
B. Human Interaction with Environments
Middle Grades: 5-8
Timing: 3 days
1. Find out how much students know about road maps. Hand out the maps. Go over with students how to use the mileage log on the map. You might want to put a log up on the overhead, and demonstrate how to use it. Point out the various other features of the map: the legend, the coordinates (F-16, D-14, etc.), and any extra information printed on the map.
2. Hand out the worksheets titled "Getting Acquainted with Your Map." Have students complete these worksheets, using their maps. They can work in pairs or on their own.
3. When they have finished "Getting Acquainted," view the video Trails, Rails, and Roads together as a class.
4. Discuss the video with students. What did they learn about transportation in Maine? What questions do they have? Tell students they will be taking a simulated road trip through Maine that reiterates some of the same information they learned in the video. They should pay close attention to the information on their road trips, because later their classmates will quiz them on this information.
5. Hand out the "Transportation History on the Road" student worksheets. Either working in pairs or on their own, have students follow the routes outlined on the sheet using their maps. Emphasize that they should pay special attention to the information the worksheet gives them about each of the stops on the route. When students have completed their road trips, go over the answers together.
6. Split students up into two groups. Tell them they will be creating quiz questions for the opposing team in the class. They may test their classmates on any of the information they have learned in this lesson. Some possible categories include map skills, information from the video, geography of Maine, or information they learned from their road trip. Have each group come up with at least 20 questions for the other group. In order to make sure that each student in a group participates, assign roles to the members of the groups. There can be a question-generating committee, a recorder, a facilitator or two, a team of quiz show hosts, a scorekeeper, etc.
7. Conduct a quiz show in class. Have one group present the questions to the other group first, with someone keeping track of the score on the board. Then, have the other group present their questions.
8. Give students the "Road Tripping Quiz" the next day in class. You may wish to modify this quiz, depending on what pieces of information class discussion focuses on.
Evaluation: Grade students' performance on the completion of their worksheets and the quiz.