Key Words: Environment, transportation, statistics

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National Standard**: ** ** National #14, State#11.10.1

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Teaching Level: **H

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Objective/Purpose**: The students will:

Evaluate the number of people who travel out of their
town to work.

Explain the impact of daily commuting on the environment.

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Materials: **NH Commuting Pattern (This publication is
available through the Economic and Labor Market Information
Bureau, New Hampshire Employment Security. You can
contact this agency by mail, telephone or the internet
and request a current copy of this useful publication.

**Procedure: **

A. Pass out the page of statistics for your region.
Ask students to figure out the total number of workers
there are in the region by totaling the columns entitled
"Commuting to Another Town to Work" and
"Total Working in Town" and adding the totals
of the two columns together.

Ask the students to figure out the total number of people in the region who commute to other towns (in and out of the region) to work.

Figure out the total average of workers in the region who commute outside of their town to work by dividing the total number of workers into the total number of commuters.

Ask your students to figure out what the percentage
of each town's commuting workers is of the total number
who commute in the region. Plot these percentages on
a pie chart. Divide the total number of commuters in
the region into the total number of commuters in each
town.

Ask students to look at their pie charts and draw conclusions
about commuting in their region. Ask them to address
problems that commuters in this region create and face.

Now put the students in groups and tell them that they
are going to look at possible solutions to the commuting
problems. One of the solutions is car pooling. Before
they can look at this as a solution, they need to figure
out where people commute to and from.

Pass out blank maps of region under study, (in some
cases, your maps may have to include parts of VT, MA,
or ME. in addition toNH)

Have students find the ten most commonly commuted to towns in their region.

Determine the number of people who commute there and
then plot them in the approximate locations on a dot
map. ( Use black dots of increasing size to show the
numbers of people who commute to that town/city/area.)
Be sure to have students create a key to explain how
many people each dot represents.

Now ask student to study their dot maps and highway
maps to determine the information they need to ascertain
from outside sources such as the businesses in the
area to set up the car pooling for the workers.

These information sheets should be in question form
and should include such questions as, "Where do
the majority of the commuters work in a particular
town/city." (For example, many people from the
Claremont region commute to Dartmouth/ Hitchcock Hospital
in Lebanon.) Next ask them to include on these sheets
where they might start searching for this information.

Each group should share with the class their questions
and possible sources of information.

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Evaluation/Assessment**: The assessment includes the
individual graphs, the maps, the questions, and the
group presentation.

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Extension**: The same activity could be done for people
coming to a region to work. You could have the students
write letters to local businesses about car pooling,
explaining the importance of it in regards to the environment.

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Reflections**: How successful was this lesson? Did all
students benefit? Were there any surprises? What
might you do differently another time? Please note
any changes that will make this lesson more effective
and useful in the future and pass them along to the
NHGA. We appreciate your comments.

Thank you.

The authors.

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