​Transportation History Resources

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Once Upon a Bike by GreenLearning. Grades 4-7. http://www.greenlearning.ca/eneraction/teacher-materials. Students consider what they like about biking and play a true-or-false game to discover how the use of bikes differs over time and place. Students interview someone who can tell them about cycling in another time or place to help them learn more about the historical, cultural and social role of bikes. Students identify any obstacles to cycling, then come up with a bike design that overcomes some of those obstacles. They also suggest changes to rules, roads, and other infrastructure that might increase the amount people cycle.

How Has Transportation Changed Since the 1899 Harriman Alaska Expedition? Kindergarten. http://www.pbs.org/harriman/education/lessonplans/transportation.html.  This lesson plan is used to introduce a unit on transportation and how it has changed from 1899 to 2001. It is based on the Harriman Alaska Expedition of 1899, an expedition that used almost every mode of travel available in that time period.

Where’s Everyone Going? Grades 4-6. http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthemove/games/. National Museum of American History. In this game, students match a variety of vehicles with their destinations and time periods to learn how much transportation in America has changed over time.

Drive Through Time. Grades 4-6. http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthemove/games/. National Museum of American History. In this game, students travel through time and decide how to get from here to there, while assembling their own photo album.

America on the Move. Grades 4-6. http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthemove/exhibition/. National Museum of American History. Contains detailed information on how America’s transportation systems have evolved over time.

General Web Resources

Travel Matters Individual Calculator. http://www.travelmatters.org/calculator/individual/. Measure how much greenhouse gas you generate as a result of your daily transportation activity. Simply enter the monthly distances you traveled by mode of transportation - on foot, by bicycle, car, bus, train, plane, or boat - and the calculator will do your "greenhouse gas accounting" for you.

Wisconsin Land Use Megatrends: Energy. Pages 10-11. http://www4.uwsp.edu/cnr/landcenter/megatrends/docs/EnergyMegatrendswhite.pdf. Center for Land Use Education (CLUE). University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. Pages 10 and 11 of the Wisconsin Land Use Megatrends: Energy document contains Wisconsin-specific information regarding transportation and community design trends.

World Carfree Network Statistics Page. http://www.worldcarfree.net/resources/stats.php. This page provides many statistics related to the social and environmental impacts of automobiles.