Generously Sponsored By: Amtrak Illinois Department of Transportation

 

About This Lesson Plan

GRADE
4

DURATION
40

UNIT PLAN
American Journeys: Learn About Illinois

Track Your Trip

An Amtrak train crosses a bridge
An Amtrak train crosses a bridge

Learn how to read a map and identify key cities, landmarks, rivers, state boundaries, and train routes; solve basic mathematical problems

OBJECTIVE

  • Learn how to read a map and identify key cities, landmarks, rivers, state boundaries, and train routes
  • Solve basic mathematical problems

MATERIALS

  • Classroom Map
  • Push pins
  • Colored pencils
  • Pen or pencil

REPRODUCIBLES

  1. Track Your Trip

DIRECTIONS

1. Display the map in the classroom at a level where all students can view it and reach it.

2. Review the components of a map legend with the class (i.e., ordinal directions, legend, and scale measurement).

Ask Students: • Can you find three cities with a population between 50,000 and 150,000? • Which states border Illinois? • Which part of Illinois produces wheat? a) north; b) south; c) central; d) northwest

3. Distribute Track Your Trip student reproducible 1 (PDF)to each student and read it aloud with the class.

4. Have students answer the questions by referencing the map.
(Answer Key: 1. c; 2. b; 3. d; 4. d; 5. a; 6. c.)

5. As a class, review students' answers.

Wrap-up:
Have students choose a location and track their own train routes. Have them think about the states they will travel through and the sites they will see along the way. Ask them to illustrate what they see as train passengers and write a paragraph that explains their drawings.

 


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