This TopicQuest was designed for Mrs. Joy's Pre Kindergarten class at Valdosta Community Day Care
by Alison Sheffield, a Valdosta State University Preservice Teacher

There are many different ways to get from one place to another.  For example, on the way to school you can ride in a car, truck, bus or even a taxi!  Not only do we use transportation to get to where we need to go, we also use it to have fun during our free time.  Through this TopicQuest you will learn many exciting facts about the wonderful world of transportation!



1. Have you ever been on a boat?  You use a boat to travel on water.  If you want to go fishing or water skiing  you may want to use a boat.  Before you go out on the water you need to be familiar with some safety rules.


2. Trains used to be the major means of transportation for people, but today we hardly ever get the opportunity to travel by train.  Trains are mostly used in transporting materials from one place to another.  Click here for more information on trains.

Girl Waxing a Car

3. At Transportation Wonderland you can play all sorts of neat games that deal with transportation.  Choose your favorite way to ride and learn all about boats, trains, trucks, airplanes and everything dealing with transportation at Transportation Wonderland.

NasaKids Logo

4. Have you ever heard of an astronaut?  An astronaut is a person that travels to outer space.  To get to outer space the astronaut has to use a special type of transportation which is usually a rocket.  NASA Kids will teach you all about this type of transportation.


Crash Test Dummies

5. When we use these different types of transportation we must remember some safety rules such as always buckle your seat belt and look both ways before you cross the road.  Learn all about safety rules from Vince and Larry, the crash test dummies at Safety City.



6. Have you ever flown in an airplane?  I t is a fast way to get from one place to another.  I have always wandered how a big, heavy plane could stay in the air and not fall to the ground.  If you are interested in learning about how this works click on the airplane.  

School Bus

7.  Even if you do not ride a school bus to school every morning, chances are you will have to ride on the bus if you are going on a field trip or some other school related activity.  Riding on the bus with all of your classmates can be lots of fun but you still need to remember some safety rules so you or your friends won't get hurt!.

    Fire Truck

8.  A few weeks ago we took a trip to the Fire Department.  We saw the big fire trucks and some people even sat inside of the truck.  We learned to call 911 if  our house is on fire.  To practice dialing 911 click here.  You can also play cool games and learn all about fire trucks and fire safety if you visit Firepals Kids Safety Net.

       Police Car

9.  A fire is not the only reason to call 911.  If someone is breaking into your house or you see a wreck you need to call that number!  Usually when you dial 911 police car will respond.  This is a special type of car that has sirens and lights and can usually catch up with any other car.  Learn more about policemen and their cars by clicking here.

     Traffic light

10.  We have all see those three lights that hang over many intersections but do you know which light means stop, which one means slow down and which one means go? teaches you all about getting to school safely and following traffic lights and pedestrian crossings.

Model T

11. Do you know who invented the first car?  His name was Henry Ford and he made history by making the very first car called the Model A.  To learn more about Henry Ford and his early cars visit this encyclopedia.


One Way Sign        Scenario Mission             Stop Sign

You have been selected to be a "Transportation Safety Ambassador" for your class.  With this title comes a special assignment.  You get to make sure all your classmates know the rules of safety when it comes to transportation.

    Your job is to design a clay model of the mode of transportation that you think your classmates may need to know the safety rules on.  In addition, you will make a poster to help your classmates remember transportation safety rules.

       The TopicQuest Page has some links you might want to look at on transportation safety information. The Safety City website tells about dinosaurs during different periods of time. 

Have a Good Trip!

Mission Steps

1. Explore with your teacher Safety City for information to make the safety rules poster and model vehicle.

2. Choose which mode of transportation you want to focus on

3. Decide on at least two safety rules that you feel are important.

4. Draw pictures to represent the rules.  (Your teacher will help you if you need to write any words or sentances.)

Lesson Plan for Teacher

Car Problems

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Miss Alison's Class Page

Pencil Sharpener

VSU TopicQuest Pages