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Lesson Overview
Lesson Title:
Transportation Engineering for Middle Level Math

Ms. Vicki Sorensen (Primary)
Mrs. Sarah Crose

Brief Description:
Students will practice rates, ratios, percentages and data collection using a simulated video of traffic passing the school.

Topics Introduced:
Transportation Engineering

Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Curriculum Framework Components Addressed:
Transportation Operations
Logistics Planning and Management Services
Sales and Service
Suggested Grade Levels:
6th Grade
7th Grade
8th Grade
9th Grade

Standards Taught:
8.1.2 Math 2006
8.5.1 Math 2006
8.5.2 Math 2006
8.2.3 Math 2006

Lesson Information
Learning Expectations:

Students will understand that collecting accurate data is important. They will also learn how to make a frequency chart, bar graph, histogram, and be able to interrupt the information. They will start to understand how math links to the real world.

Plan Of Action:

Prerequisite lesson - Vocabulary and warm up activity (day 1)
Measurement Warm-Up (day 2)
Students direction sheet OR Direction sheet (alternative activity) for the activity (day 2) and group info.
Demo video
Activity counting kinds of vehicles (day 2)
Activity counting vehicles by color (day 2)
Using data make a frequency chart (day 3)
Using the data collect design and make a bar graph or line graph (day 4)
Display graphs, possible excel project
Interpret the graphs (day 5)

Lesson 1-Gathering data
Lesson 2-Walking rates/Blinking hands(see blinking hands lesson)
Lesson 3-Rates & ratios
Lesson 4-Crush Capacity

Data Set Used:

Data will be gathered by students in activity.

Materials Needed:

Yard sticks to measure to 40 foot testing area
The attached worksheet/warm up materials

Preparation Period:

This lesson was designed to be used over many days. Whatever time is necessary to gather yard sticks and run copies of materials. This lesson is divided into 4 parts; each matches with objectives taught from the four quarters of the school year. i.e. Lesson 1 – quarter 1, Lesson 2 – quarter 2

Implementation Period:

These lessons are designed to utilize and combine many of our districts/state objectives. By using our gathered data our work and lesson should be more relative to our students. Each lesson will take several days. These lessons could be used on consecutive days or as an extra culminating activity at the end of the chapter on data.
Lesson 1-Gathering data
Lesson 2-Walking rates/Blinking hands(see blinking hands lesson)
Lesson 3-Rates & ratios
Lesson 4-Crush Capacity

Science, Math, Engineering and / or Technology Implications:

Introduction to transportation engineering and statistical interpretation.

Unexpected Results:

Other Concepts: transportation engineering, statistics, science, social studies, English/reading, family consumer science, industrial technology

Considerations for Diversity in Education:

Students with different cultural backgrounds might be willing to discuss transportation in their native country. Such as riding a bicycle, wagon, boat or bus to school/work.

Lesson Files
Transportation PP for students
Introduction power point to introduce transportation.
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Lesson 1-Part 1
Used with data collection
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Lesson 1 - Part 2 (measurement)
Reviewing measurement
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Lesson 1 - Part 3 (project directions
Student directions for collecting data
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Lesson 1 Bar-line Graph by Color
Student handout, to help them with the bar-line graphing.
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Lesson 1 Bar-line Graph by Kinds
Student handout, to help students graph data by kind of vehicle.
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Lesson 1 Part 3.1 (data activity)
Student handout for gathering data.
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Lesson 1 Part 3.2 (Tally by Kinds)
Student handout for tallying data.
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Lesson 1 Part 3.3 (tally by color)
Student handout for tallying cars by color.
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Lesson 1 Part 5 (frequency tally sheet)
Student handout, used for frequency tally sheet.
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Lesson 1 Part 6
Discussion Questions
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Lesson 3 Part 1
Comparing vehicles rates/ratios.
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Lesson 3 Part 2
Student handout changing the numbers to proportions.
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Lesson 3 Part 2 (key)
Key for proportions.
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Transportaion Introduction
Transportation introduction for teachers.
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