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K, 1st, 2nd


Science, Earth and Space Sciences


45 minutes

Regional Focus



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Time for School! (Let's Move! Green Transportation #3)

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Apr 24, 2024
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In this lesson, students explore maps and school transportation around the world.

Step 1 - Inquire: Students read an article and view pictures that show unique ways children travel to school.

Step 2 - Investigate: Students play a MapGo Matching Game to review countries around the world and modes of transportation.

Step 3 - Inspire: Students draw a picture of a new way they would like to travel to school.
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Teaching Tips


  • Students learn about students around the world and how they travel to school in unique ways.

  • Students explore transportation modes and energy types and learn map skills through gameplay.

  • Students collaborate with classmates to share their feelings and design new transportation modes.

  • This lesson supports the understanding that all humans can make a difference.

  • This lesson can be easily integrated into an existing Social Studies lesson or unit on transportation or map skills.

  • This lesson features excellent vocabulary development using the Vocabulary Cards.

Additional Prerequisites

  • This is lesson 3 of 4 in our K-2nd grade Let’s Move! Green Transportation unit.

  • If students did not complete Lesson 1 from this unit, it will be helpful to begin the lesson with a discussion on modes of transportation and the energy sources they use.

  • Print out copies of the article in advance if students will be reading it independently or in pairs/groups.

  • Prepare copies of the MapGo gameboards and cards and gather small items or squares of paper to use as markers.


  • Students can share their “Wow” feelings and “I Wonder” after viewing the article.

  • Students have several opportunities to share feelings and questions about the topic.

  • Students can work in pairs or small groups to create their images.

  • Based on student grade level and ability level, teacher can use the MapGo card game to reinforce the content with pictures, pictures, and text, or text alone.

Scientist Notes

With the significance of switching to green transportation in mind, this lesson challenges students to develop a novel method of transportation to school. They will gain knowledge of the effectiveness of environmentally friendly transportation and exchange information on which ones are most suitable for use by schoolchildren in other nations. This lesson is suggested for instruction after a thorough review of the supporting materials.


This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

Supporting Standards

  • Social Studies
    • U.S. History: America in the World - Geography, People, and the Environment
      • 6.1.2.GeoGI.1: Explain why and how people, goods, and ideas move from place to place.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • K-ESS3-3. Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of climate change and humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment.

Note On Standards:

This lesson is aligned to SubjectToClimate standards. Review the aligned standards directly in the lesson plan document and teacher slideshow.

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