Title: Teen America Travels New England317

Key Words: road maps, legends/key, scale, historical sites, national/state parks

National Geography Standard: National Standard 1, NH Standard 10.10.1

Teaching Level: H

Purpose/Objectives: Students will:
develop an itinerary using road maps.
employ scale to figure out approximate distances between destinations.
locate national/state parks and other landmarks using the legend key.
locate historical cites, major transportation systems, cities, and towns on the road map.

Divide the class into groups. Pass out road maps of the New England states. As a class go over the various aspects of a road map. Look carefully at the scale and practice figuring out approximate mileage. Check any other features on the road map that would help a person plan a trip.

Pass out the assignment sheet on the following page.

Materials: road maps of New England, reference materials

Evaluation/Assessment: Students will set up the class room like miniature travel agencies. (Allow the students to be a creative as they wish.) Invite adults in the building to be the judges. Provide score sheets for them to rate the travel agencies and their presentations.

Enrichment: This lesson can be adapted to any area of America or the world, and it can incorporate airways. Rather than a travel agency, the business could be a trucking company.

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.

Teen America Travels America
Score Sheet

Students do not display an understanding of the concept. -------1
Students understand concept but do not apply it consistently. -----------2
Students understand concept, apply it consistently with assistance
but without creativity.-------------------------------------------------------------------3
Students understand concept, apply it consistently, and creatively.---------4

Itinerary includes clear and specific routes from road maps.
Itinerary states approximate distances and miles traveled based on road map scales.
Itinerary indicates the absolute locations of national/state parks and other landmarks.
Itinerary indicates other modes of transportation if appropriate.
Itinerary clearly indicates the historical sites and/or national/state parks, towns, and states visited each day.
Itinerary does not repeat a route or activity.
Itinerary ends at Logan Airport.
Students' presentation is clear, concise, and professional.
Students' presentation is creative.
Itinerary is neat, easy to read, and accurate.

Teen America Travels New England
Assignment Sheet

Purpose: The purpose of this assignment is to help you better understand how to read and use road maps.

Directions: Today, you are to assume the roles of travel agents. Each of you in the agency must have a specific role in the development of the itinerary for the Golden Globe Trotters, a group of senior citizens who travel and experience America by taking bus tours.

The Golden Globe Trotters will be arriving at Logan Airport and will then spend two weeks seeing New England. They will travel to every New England state, shop, dine out three times a day, see historical sights, visit national/ state parks and monuments, and stay at motels.

They can travel six hours a day with rest breaks every 150 miles and one hour for lunch. They can walk but not more than a mile. Their day begins with breakfast at 7:00 a.m., lunch between 12:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., and dinner and motel by 6:00 p.m. Evenings, they are on their own.

Here is what you need to do. You need to plan an itinerary that you think will sell these Golden Globetrotters on your agency. The travel itinerary you present to them should indicate the day of the week, the towns they will stop at on that day , and the sights they will see.

You also need to present to them the approximate distance they will travel daily and the routes they will travel. You might also include special information such as average temperature, tides, or even special modes of transportation such as ferries.

You must return the travelers to Logan Airport on the fourteenth day. On your return to Logan, you may not take the same route to get to Boston that you took to leave. In fact you may not go through any town, city, or location twice during their whole tour.

Finally, have fun with this. You will present your itinerary to a group of judges who are pretending to be prospective customers, so advertise. Make your presentation special. Make your presentation space look like a travel agency.

Be good sales people.

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