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About This Lesson Plan

GRADE
4

DURATION
40

UNIT PLAN
American Journeys: Learn About Illinois

On The Move

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

Learn how to identify and apply key terms and equations relative to physical science; solve basic mathematical problems

OBJECTIVE

  • Learn how to identify and apply key terms and equations relative to physical science
  • Solve basic mathematical problems

MATERIALS

  • Pen or pencil
  • Computer (if available)

REPRODUCIBLES

  1. On the Move Reproducible

DIRECTIONS

1. As a class, review how electrical circuits work and the relationship between electricity and energy. Discuss how train engines use fuel to move a generator, which creates electrical current that moves the train. Visit http://travel.howstuffworks.com/diesel-locomotive.htm for more information and diagrams.

2. Distribute On the Move student reproducible 2 (PDF) and read it aloud as a class. Review any new concepts and have students complete each question individually or in pairs.

3. As a class, review students' answers.
(Answer Key: 1. a; 2. b; 3. a; 4. b; 5. b.)

Wrap-up:
Ask students to write 2-3 new multiple choice questions, working in pairs. Have student pairs exchange questions to help practice their test-taking skills. You may want to compile a complete list of questions to share with the entire class.


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