Forty classroom-ready science teaching and learning activities for elementary and middle school teachersGrounded in theory and best-practices research, this practical text provides elementary and middle school teachers with 40 place-based activities that will help them to make science learning relevant to their students. This text provides teachers with both a rationale and a set of strategies and activities for teaching science in a local context to help students engage with science learning and come to understand the importance of science in their everyday lives.

Traffic Patterns
Traffic patterns

Science Background

There are traffic patterns in all sorts of places in the local communities where we live. Think for a moment about airports. Traffic is routed into them in very controlled ways. To a lesser extent, the same is true of ports and canals, roadways and streets, and even sidewalks and paths.

Most people take traffic patterns for granted. They give little thought to how they shape our day-to-day lives. Discuss with students how natural patterns shape man-made environments. Highways in mountainous areas, for example, follow geographical contours using valleys and passes to their advantage. Tunnels only are dug through mountains when there is no other convenient way to build around them.

Have students look at a map of the United States. See if ...

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