Dear Teachers,

Itís impossible to imagine New York City without a mass transit system, for our city relies on subways, commuter trains, buses, bridges and tunnels to move millions of people around each day. No other city in the United States has such an extensive system. Your 4th and 5th graders are witnessing many changes to the vehicles, infrastructure and policies shaping our city and our future, and today more than ever, it is important to teach the relationship between public transit and sustainability.

The New York Transit Museum and StreetsEducation have collaborated to create these five Go Green lessons designed to connect to your science and social studies curricula. Lesson 2 is a visit to the Transit Museum, where students are given an important historical perspective.

Taken in its entirety, the Go Green curriculum helps your students examine the impact of public transportation past, present and future, and presents concepts of transportation, the urban environment and sustainability through collaboration, classroom discussion, museum learning and experiences in the studentsí own neighborhood.

The curriculum includes the following lessons, downloadable from this site:

The lessons progress in order. This study may take place over consecutive weeks or you may spread the lessons out over a greater length of time. Lessons 1, 3, 4, and 5 are designed to be completed in about an hour; Lesson 2 is a 1.5 hour visit to the Transit Museum.

We look forward to seeing you here at the Museum!


The New York Transit Museum Education Department

About The New York Transit Museum

The New York Transit Museum is the largest museum of urban transportation in the United States. Housed in a decommissioned, but still operational, 1936 subway station in Brooklyn Heights, the Transit Museum collects, exhibits, interprets, and preserves the history of public transportation in the New York metropolitan region.

About StreetsEducation

StreetsEducation seeks to inspire students to make the changes they want to see on their streets and in their neighborhoods. StreetsEducation helps classroom teachers and schools weave pertinent ideas about urban livability and advocacy into their curriculum. By infusing the curricula with ideas and tools for evaluating environments, teachers help students learn how to connect their school day activities to exciting issues, including: traffic calming, environmental improvements, alternative transportation and safe routes to schools.

StreetsEducation is the newest member of the Livable Streets Initiative. For the past three years, through new media and strategic collaborations, Streetsblog and Streetfilms have become an online hub of news, videos, and collaboration tools engaging the public in shaping more livable streets: streets that truly cater to the needs of everyone.

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