begin this class, ask students to brainstorm some of the places they
might like to visit as a class. Record these locations where all
students can see them. Then assign the students to small groups. These
could be the groups students worked in previously or new groups. Have
available some references students might use to plan a local trip such
as phone books, advertising brochures or local newspapers. In addition,
helpful material can often be found on the web by entering the name of
your community into the search function. Explain that each group should
choose a location and then prepare a schedule for a day’s visit. Record
this information on a poster to share with the class, such as this Sample Trip Schedule.
Students determine the distance to a local attraction and tell
others of their trip plans. A Web site which students can use to
explore the attractions in their state is provided by the Library of Congress. Material can be accessed for each state if the "Explore the States" button is selected.
You may wish to review the concept of time duration if it is not
well understood by the children. Since finding elapsed time requires
working in a system other than base ten, you may wish to review this
before the children begin. Those who need a more concrete way to find
elapsed time than calculation affords may wish to model the opening and
ending times on a clock with movable hands.
Information on how to construct effective posters is available in the Posters and Press
lesson, available from another MarcoPolo partner site, ARTSEDGE. As
each group finishes its task, display their posters. When all groups
have finished, discuss with students the ways they collected
information, as well as how they determined distances and elapsed
times. Then ask them to explain why they chose that site to visit and
how they arrived at their schedules.
After all groups have reported, invite the students to compare
the schedules to determine similarities and differences. You may want
to call attention to the procedures followed when figuring elapsed