Introduce the concept of a route as a course used for traveling with this
activity. Have several volunteers leave their desks and walk to a central
location, such as the pencil sharpener or teacher's desk. After, discuss
and compare the routes taken. Promote discussion by asking: Did everyone
take the same route? In what ways were the routes the same? How were they
different? Which route was the longest and which was the shortest? Which
route would you take if you were in a hurry? Why?
Discuss the routes
you take from your classroom to other locations in the school.
Share the emergency
routes and procedures in your school.
and Ripley's Route Use Roger and Ripley's Route (reproducible
) to teach children
to determine a route by following written clues. Hand out copies of the
reproducible to the class. Explain to children that the stops Roger and
Ripley made as they walked from school to home are listed in order in
the corner of the page. Ask children to color the places Roger and Ripley
visited and to draw a line tracing the route they took. For younger students,
consider providing verbal clues. For example: First Roger and Ripley
played on the school's playground. Next they went to the pet store,
and so on.