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Transport Book 1

A look at the history of transport – from skateboards to spaceships – with many interesting ideas and suggestions for class use.

Transport Book 1 by Fiona Rayns
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This blackline masters book is designed to complement the teaching of the topic "transport" in the elementary classroom for students working at intermediate level. Activities have been designed to be highly motivating for students, promoting learning across several subject areas. The book does not attempt to present everything there is to know on transport – it is more a resource tool, packed full of interesting activities to enhance a transport-based teaching program.

Each activity stands alone and many of the sheets are suitable for early finishers who wish to complete further research. Some of the more scientific activities may require the teacher to complete the activity as a whole class lesson.

The activities have been arranged according to the method of transport being studied. For ease of use, the relevant subject area has been listed in the Contents on page 3.

Teachers’ Notes

Notes for activity pages are provided on pages 4 and 5. Suitable and relevant Internet references have also been supplied to enable teachers to safely direct students involved in online learning. Many of the web references are provided purely for the teacher to study background information about the particular subject area.

Ready-Ed Publications; June 2003
42 pages; ISBN 9781863975407
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Title: Transport Book 1
Author: Fiona Rayns; Melinda Brezmen

Car Park (1)

Have you ever been stuck in the back of a car while the driver goes around and around the car park looking for a vacant parking space?

Designing car parks is a skilled job. The aim of the designer is to make the greatest number of parking spaces available, but also leave enough room so that cars can easily get into and out of them. Cars also need to be able to move around, and enter and leave the park without slowing other traffic down too much.

There are basically three different types of parking that you may have seen.

Parallel Angle Perpendicular



Angle and perpendicular car parks are easy to get into but cars parked in this way sometimes end up with their fronts overhanging the footpath, making things more difficult for pedestrians. Parallel parks tend to be easier to get out of but other traffic slows down when drivers try to reverse into them.

o Look at your school car park. Complete the following table and answer the questions.

Are there any special spaces for motorcycles or disabled drivers?

How do these spaces differ from normal parking spaces?


How does the traffic move around the carpark, e.g. one way or in both directions?


Are there signs in the carpark? If so, what do they say?


Does it look like an easy place to park in? Why or why not?

(Hint: Check to see if the cars are in the middle of their spaces or if some are parked over the lines.)