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This Driver’s Education lesson brainstorms causes for the breakdown of the highway system




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Title – Breakdowns in the Highway Transportation System (HTS)
By – John P. McIntyre
Primary Subject – Other
Grade Level – 9-12

Concept/ Topic to Teach:
Risk Factors of the HTS

General Goal(s):
The student will be introduced to the highway transportation system (HTS) and informed of their role in the HTS. Students will also learn how to develop and gain the knowledge, attitudes, and skills that are pertinent for safe driving.

Specific Objectives:
1. Students will be able to list and explain the three parts of the highway transportation system.
2. Students will be able to explain how the HTS is regulated.
3. Students will be able to provide examples of breakdowns in the HTS.

Required Materials:
1. Sticky Note Pads (one per group of four or five students)
2. Poster Board ( one per group)
3. Pens/ markers

Anticipatory Set:
Provide the students with notes on the Highway Transportation System. Use the driver education textbook and handbook to supplement the notes given as a brief reading assignment. Tell the students that the HTS is broken down into three components: vehicles, people, roadways.

Step-By Step Procedures:
1. Divide students into groups of 4-6 students
2. Give each group the required materials.
3. Ask groups to divide their poster board into three parts using a marker. Give each of the three sections one of the following headings: roadway, people, vehicles.
4. Students are asked to write down as many factors that can contribute to the breakdown of the HTS on the sticky notes. (Only one factor per sticky note)
5. After a stated time limit, ask students to quickly take the numerous sticky notes and stick them to the poster board under the correct heading: people, roadways, or vehicles.
6. Have students display their board on the walls as various groups view each others work.

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