1. What kind of products do trucks haul?
A variety of answers would apply here:
2. Ask students fun fact questions.
3. Look at trucks now and trucks then, describe how they have physically changed.
Today’s trucks have rubber tires filled with air; they can go faster; they are bigger; can pull longer trailers; are more comfortable inside for the driver.
4. Ask students to list different materials that went into making a truck back then and what materials go into making a truck now.
wood, rubber, steel, leather
5. Why does the 1930 U.S. Mail truck have skis instead of wheels?
This truck is the U.S. Mail truck and it has skis on it to get the mail when heavier trucks are stuck in the snow.
6. Find the differences between the 1917 Velie and the 1925 Kenworth KS 3 ton or the 1924 White
Wrecker Model 40.
Since we rotate the trucks on display in the museum it would be best to do your own count of these with the students.
1. How many more gas pumps with glass tops are there than rectangle oil pumps?
These are located in the lobby as well as the exhibit hall.
2. How many red trucks are in the museum? How many black trucks? How many trucks would you
have if you added the two together?
3. Find the difference between the number of tires on a semi truck with a trailer and the number of
tires on a car.
Semi trucks with trailers have 18 wheels. Cars have 4. The difference is 14.
Ideas for the Classroom:
- Ask the students to draw and color a picture of their favorite truck and share with the class why it is their favorite.
- Create No Bake Semi Cookies as an art project/snack. Click here for recipe.