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Unit 14: Living in my world

Day Two: Transportation


  1. Students will be able to talk about how they and their family and friends travel around the community and to other towns, cities, or countries.
  2. Students will be able to give directions on how to find a geographical location.
  3. Students will be able to alk about good driving habits.

Setting the Stage (2 minutes)

Teacher describes a trip and several traffic signs that he or she saw during the past week. Example:

This past week, I used my car to go to…  I had to stop several times at stop signs. I also had to wait several minutes at a traffic signal. Etc.

As Teacher talks, he or she draws the traffic signs on the board or on a blank overhead transparency. NOTE: Students enjoy critiquing their teacher's artistic ability.

Input (20 minutes)

Teacher shows the Powerpoint slide show, Traffic Signs, and asks yes/no, either/or, who/what/when/where/why, and personalized questions to assure student comprehension and familiarity with the vocabulary.

Teacher writes appropriate vocabulary, along with the English translation, on the board or on a blank overhead transparency, so that students can read the vocabulary as well.

Teacher points to the written vocabulary while saying the words, to reinforce both aural and visual student comprehension.

Guided Practice (20 minutes)

Activity 1

Students, in pairs, study a map of a typical town and ask each other questions about this map.

Quick Tip

You can print maps from the Google Maps website. The "Print" button is just above the upper-right corner of the map.

Activity 2
Teacher has printed copies of the slide show Traffic Signs for each pair of students. Students, in pairs, role-play a trip in their town. One student is the driver. The other student is the guide and tells the driver what to do, according to various traffic signs. After a few minutes, students switch roles and do the activity again, using different traffic signs.

Independent Practice (10 minutes)

Activity 1

Teacher asks students to respond to the following questions. For younger students, ask the question about their parents and guardians instead. Teacher then records the results of the survey on the board or a blank overhead transparency.

  1. How many of you use a car every day to travel?
  2. How many of you only use a car on the weekends?
  3. How many of you use a car several times a week?
  4. How many of you never use a car?
  5. How many of you do not have access to a car?
Activity 2

Students write a paragraph in response to questions that Teacher writes on the board or a blank overhead transparency.

  1. What are the streets like in your community?
  2. Do you have a driver's license? If not, when will you be old enough to get one? What did you (or your parents or guardians) do to learn all the driving rules?

Closure (2 minutes)

Students brainstorm aloud the places where they like to go.

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