Technology and Transportation

Grades 7-8 Lesson 1: Technology and Transportation

Subject Area: Health and Physical Education
Time required: 60 minutes
Title: Technology and Transportation
Overall Expectations: HPE – Healthy Living Strand, LL – Language and Literacy

Summary of Lesson:

Students will learn the relationship between technology and its possible effects on road safety.

Language

• Oral: Use knowledge of words and cueing systems to read fluently

• Writing: Generate, gather, and organize ideas and information to write for an intended purpose and audience.

Specific Expectations:

An understanding of the methods of transportation and technology.

Materials

Appendix 1: Modes of Transportation

Appendix 2: Technology Gadgets 

Appendix 3: Environmental Conditions

Appendix 4: Safety Scenario, Skateboard

Appendix 5: Safety Scenario, Mountain Bike

Appendix 6: Safety Scenario, ATV

Appendix 7: Rubric

•Audio Player (for loud music)

DOWNLOAD THE FULL LESSON

Introduction/Minds On: (10 minutes)

Part one

• Places the images in Appendix 1  on the board.

• Asks students what the images might have in common.

• Help students realize that the images represent ways they travel to school.

• Asks students if they use other methods of transportation.

Part two

• Place images from Appendix 2 on the board.

• Ask student what the images might have in common.

• Help students realize that the images are of electronic devices they may use.

• Teacher asks students if they use other electronic gadgets.

Part three

• Places images from Appendix 3 on the board.

• Ask students what the images might have in common.

• Help students realize that all the images are of situations they may encounter on their way to school.

• Ask students if they can think of other situations they encounter on their way to school.

Development/Action: (30 minutes)

Part one

• Teachers Note: Students’ prior learning, learning style and reading ability will have a big impact on how well students are able to do this activity. Consider alternate approaches such as having the material read to them.

• Give each student Appendix 4 and ask them to wait for a signal before looking at it.

• Give students one minute to complete the task in the appendix.

Part two

• Give each student  Appendix 5 and ask them to wait for a signal before looking at it.

• Play loud music while students complete the task in one minute.

• Discuss with students how this exercise is similar to real life situations such as inline skating while listening to an iPod.

Part three

• Give each student  Appendix 6 and ask them to wait for a signal before looking at it.

• Give students one minute to complete the task. However, every 10 seconds, ask students to get up, walk around their chair, then return to work. (You might also have students to complete simple math calculations on their calculators while walking around the class to mimic text messaging).

• Discuss with students how this exercise is similar to real life situations such as texting while cycling.

Consolidation/Debrief: (30 minutes)

Use Appendices 12 and 3 to demonstrate the potential dangers when using electronic devices while traveling. Demonstrate that trying to avoid a dog crossing the street while listening cycling and listening to an iPod is dangerous, if not impossible.

• Ask students if they can think of other similar dangerous situations.

• Emphasize that traveling on roadways while using electronic devices is dangerous.

Teacher Assessment

Use Appendix 7: Rubric to assess students.