Discuss with children the different ways that people get to school. How many of them travel in one (or more) of the following ways: walking, riding in a car, taking a bus, riding a bike? How many travel to school in other ways? You might mention that some children travel to school in very unusual ways.

Explain that in many cases the environment in which children live determines the type of transportation they use. Children from places where it is cold and snowy may ski or take a snowmobile to school. In places near the water, children may take a motorboat or a vaporetto. Children who live in hilly or mountainous areas may take a gondola or cable car to school. And some children even take helicopters or horses and buggies. Ask the class if there are any other types of transportation children might need to get to school and how it relates to their environment.