Skip Navigation

Mid-America Transportation Center

Teacher Resource Center


Lesson Overview

Lesson Title:
Let's Talk Logistics!

Ms. Rita Hillhouse (Primary)
Mr. Barry Newman
Ms. Vicki Sorensen

Brief Description:
Computing travel time between two cities using and comparing different modes of transportation involving the transporting of various goods.

Topics Introduced:
Distance = Rate x Time

Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Curriculum Framework Components Addressed:
Logistics Planning and Management Services
Transportation Systems/ Infrastructure Planning, Management and Regulation
Suggested Grade Levels:
7th Grade

Standards Taught:
8.4.1 Math 2009
8.4.2 Math 2009
8.3.1 Math 2009
8.1.1 Science 2010
8.1.3 Science 2010

Lesson Information

Learning Expectations:

At the end of this lesson, students will be able to compare and contrast different modes of transportation. They will use formulas to determine the time required to travel various distances. They will also formulate conclusions about their data.

Plan Of Action:

*The class should be divided into groups of 2 - 4 students.
*Each group should have the activity worksheet, a map, ruler or string, calculator, and scratch paper.
*Go over the directions on the worksheet with the students.
*Have some groups pick cities close together (by using the state map) and some groups pick cities that are far apart (by using the U.S. map).
*Allow time for students to complete the worksheet.
*Have one person from each group report their findings.
*Discuss the similarities and differences between having cities close together versus far apart as well as the goods chosen for transport.
*Make a chart of their findings on the white board or ELMO for comparisons.
*How is time a factor?
*Which modes of transportation are more cost efficient depending on the goods transported?
*What about the effects of transportation on the environment?
*Ask each group to discuss their chosen goods for transport, the two cities in which the goods will be transported, and what mode of transportation is most reasonable and why.

Data Set Used:

Students will be using maps to determine distances between two cities. They will have to consider various cargo items and modes of transportation.

Materials Needed:

Students will need the following: State or U.S. maps, calculators, scratch paper, rulers or string for measuring distances, and worksheet for recording distances.

Preparation Period:

There is not much preparation for this lesson aside from gathering materials. Divide the class into groups of 2-4 students and distribute materials. D = rt may need to be discussed if students are not of a differentiated ability level.

Implementation Period:

This lesson will take a class period of 45 to 55 minutes, approx.

Science, Math, Engineering and / or Technology Implications:

Using Algebra and Engineering concepts to allow students to make real-life connections that have value and meaning.

Unexpected Results:

Took 45 min. for my diff. kids and 3 days for Intervention kids.

Considerations for Diversity in Education:

This lesson can be adjusted to accommodate students who are not able to come up with the formula(s) needed to calculate the information as well as make extensions to the lesson for students of higher ability levels.

Lesson Files

Let's Talk Logistics!
Activity Worksheet
[size: 33792] [date uploaded: Apr 02, 2012, 11:34 am ]

Let's Talk Logistics!
Activity Worksheet
[size: 33792] [date uploaded: Apr 02, 2012, 11:49 am ]

Some video files may require Adobe Flash to open or view.
Download Adobe Flash Player