Historic Route 66 – Lesson Plans for Pixar’s Cars

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Historic Route 66

Lesson Plans for Pixar’s Cars

By Cynthia Kirkeby
Oct 14, 2006, 15:32 PST

Historic Route 66

McQueen of Pixar's Cars

McQueen of Pixar’s Cars

Courtesy of Pixar Films

Lesson Plans for Pixar’s Cars

Grade Level: 4-12

Subject: Geography, American History,

Film: Cars

MPAA Rating: G

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Author: Cynthia Kirkeby

Affiliation: ClassBrain, Inc.

Date: 12 October 2006

Duration: 1 – 2 Class Periods

The setting for Cars is Route 66, the historic highway that changed America. The national highway linked Chicago, IL with Los Angeles, CA, and it is often known as the Mother Road or America’s Highway.

Project 1 – Before and After:
Pick one to three locations along Route 66 and investigate the differences between what they were like during the heyday of Route 66, and what they’re like in present day. Use photos to illustrate your report or display.

Project 2 – State Report
Choose a state Route 66 intersects and write a report on the significance of the interstate highway in the region. What happened to the area when Route 66 was established, and what happened when Route 66 was bypassed? How was this represented in Cars?

Learning Links:

The History of Route 66
Source: National Historic Route 66 Federation

Legendary Route 66
Traveling the Mother Road
Source: Legends of America

Route 66:Cruising the American Dream
Travel Route 66 with photos and short descriptions of the history of this historic route.
Source: Michael Agger, Yale University

Digital Route 66
Travel along the American highway with these great photos.
Source: Digital Route 66

Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program
Source: The National Park Service

Oklahoma Route 66 Museum
Source: Oklahoma Route 66 Museum

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