⁣⁣Lesson Plan: Exploring the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport: A Gateway to Travel and Innovation

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⁣⁣Lesson Plan: Exploring the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport: A Gateway to Travel and Innovation

Grade Level: K-12

Objective: By the end of this lesson, students will be able to understand the significance of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport as a major transportation hub and explore the innovative features it offers.

Common Core Standards:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.1: Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.2: Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.

- Access to the internet or library resources
- Paper and pencils


1. Introduction (5 minutes):
- Begin the lesson by asking students if they have ever been to an airport and what they know about the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport.
- Show them pictures or videos of the airport and discuss its size and importance as a transportation hub.

2. Research and Discussion (15 minutes):
- Instruct students to research and find information about the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport, focusing on its significance and innovative features.
- Encourage students to explore topics such as airport operations, sustainability initiatives, and technological advancements.
- Allow students to discuss their findings in small groups or pairs.

3. Presentations (15 minutes):
- Have each group or pair present their research findings to the class, highlighting the main ideas and key details they discovered.
- Encourage students to use quotes and specific examples from their research to support their presentations.

4. Class Discussion (10 minutes):
- Lead a class discussion on the main ideas and key details shared during the presentations.
- Ask students to summarize the significance of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport as a transportation hub and highlight the innovative features that make it unique.

5. Reflection and Wrap-up (5 minutes):
- Have students individually write a short paragraph reflecting on what they learned from the lesson and whether they would like to visit the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport.
- Allow a few students to share their reflections with the class, if time permits.

Common Core Labels Correlations:

Join me for a walking tour of the Minneapolis, St. Paul Airport (MSP) in Minnesota. MSP is not part of any city but is nestled among several. The airport is surrounded by Minneapolis, St. Paul and the suburban cities of Bloomington, Eagan, Mendota Heights and Richfield.MSP has one airfield with four runways and two terminal buildings - Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 - each with adjoining parking ramp facilities. Travelers who need to transfer from one terminal to the other use the light rail transit service. There is no pedestrian access between the buildings.

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