Activity Overview: The very first step to thinking about transportation as an energy and resource problem is identifying different modes of transportation. Many forms exist, but they all might not exist in your community. In this activity, students will identify the different modes of transportation.
Time: 20 minutes
Project or print the list of photographs of different forms of transportation. Also write or or project the following list. Students should match the name with the picture.
Are there any forms missing from this list? What forms of transportation do students use? These forms are geared toward commuting, but another set of modes of transportation applies to long-range travel, such as ships and airplanes. Have students ever taken a ship or an airplane?
The list below contains the average capacity of different modes of transportation.
Provide the capacity of the different modes to your students in a different order than is presented here. Ask them to rank them in order of capacity.